I know, I know, not a very Christian title.
The majority of people suffering with addiction, also suffer some level of unresolved trauma.
Trauma can cause physical changes to our brains. Victims of trauma will have under-developed frontal cortexes or frontal lobes (higher or rational thinking, planning, emotional regulation) and over-developed limbic systems (instinctive, fight or flight response). As a result, when a person suffering addiction is triggered, his or her “go to” is instinctive, typically pleasure-seeking behaviour.
Healing from addiction involves healing or re-wiring our brains. Fortunately, Jesus promises to renew our minds.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Holy Spirit, come into my heart and mind, and fill me with your presence.
Wait on the Lord, feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. Imagine the Holy Spirit flooding your body and mind.
Visualize the power and the light of the Holy Spirit flooding your mind.
Holy Spirit, re-write the broken passages in my mind.
Holy Spirit, heal and re-balance the effects of pain and trauma in my mind.
Holy Spirit, heal and re-write the passages in my mind, that lead to addiction.
Jesus, you promise a renewed mind.
So Jesus, please renew the deepest portions of my mind,
to come in line with your perfect, healthy plan for my life.
Thank you, Jesus.