Living with a Chemical Imbalance
Most of us who have suffered from addiction problems have also had chemical imbalances from a very early age. A
chemical imbalance can be brought on either by genetics, stress trauma, or developed by the addiction itself. If you have
a chemical imbalance as a child, you will feel nervous, fearful, defensive, and you will be unable to detach from those around
you. Many spiritually sensitive children also have these symptoms because they are unable to turn the volume down from the
thoughts and emotions of everyone around them. Even as a child, you can develop addictions because of this condition and it
is easy to develop a shame-based nature because of the things you do to cope with an imbalance that you don't even realize
is there. You may have been thought of as a bad child compared to your siblings, but much of it can just be a need to feel
in control and protected from a world you are overly sensitive to.
As an adult, we may get free from our addictions, which is good, only to find out that the chemical imbalance is
still there, and if so, you will need to be aware of this and know how to manage this condition so that you don't accidentally
get yourself into a state of overload and become tempted to relapse. Some symptoms of a chemical imbalance are as follows;
There is an edge or unease that you feel all the time, like you are ready to jump out of your own skin. You may have nervous
habits like biting your nails, chewing on your tongue, rocking, or tapping your feet and hands all the time, these are some
signs that you may be chemically imbalanced. When you have a chemical imbalance, you may unconsciously seek something to "re-balance"
yourself, much like a person with a headache will eventually automatically start looking for some kind of pain reliever to
get rid of the pain and discomfort they are feeling.
So how do you treat the chemical imbalance left over after addiction? Well, you can try an antidepressant and this
may work for some people. I did not find that antidepressants helped me much, they just flattened me out a bit and I was still
tempted to abuse them as well because the imbalance was still there and gnawing at me. You can try using food to take the
edge off, but that will just become another addiction. What I have done to help manage my imbalance is just light daily exercise,
prayer, reading the Bible, and not allowing myself to get into an overload state that would worsen my condition and push me
into overload. Many people after they stop an addiction become addicted to their job, relationships, or some other challenging
distraction, but the stress can overload you real fast. Pray about your condition and ask God to heal your body and mind from
the imbalance and any damage you may have created from your addiction. God wants you whole in every way and He will
2CO 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for
Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then
I am strong.
PHP 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
2CO 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the
God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we
ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ
our comfort overflows. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort,
which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know
that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.