Panic attacks can be a serious concern for anyone going through recovery. Anxiety, fear and panic could have been what triggered drug or alcohol use and driven you into addiction, but panic can also be a response to attempts at sobriety.
In some cases, when your body has become physically dependent on a substance, such as heroin or prescription pain killers, it doesn’t know what to do when it stops getting that substance. Withdrawals can trigger numerous physical, mental and emotional reactions, including panic attacks.
What many people who have never experienced a panic attack don’t realize is that it’s usually a combination of all three: you don’t just feel anxious; your body can lock up and make it difficult to function or even breathe. Other panic attack symptoms can include:
- Feeling sick to your stomach
- Experiencing chest pain
- Feeling as if you are being smothered
- Experiencing unrealistic sensations
- Dizziness or feeling like the room is spinning
- Fear that you will lose control or be unable to return to a normal state of mind
The fear inherent in a panic attack can grow, making the attack worse and worse. Luckily, there are proven methods for dealing with and reducing panic attacks. At The Christian Treatment Center, our professional, experienced counselors work with you in group and individual therapy as well as through recreational activities so that you can learn appropriate coping skills to help get through panic attacks.
What does the Bible say about panic attacks?
We believe that faith and studying the Scriptures, alongside proven clinical approaches, can help those in recovery. That includes helping you deal with panic attacks. Here are several Bible verses that you can turn to during times of worry, fear or anxiety to help you keep panic from taking over.
The Armor of God
The Armor of God section of Ephesians begins, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
The section goes on to discuss the spiritual protection that God provides for all his children by using an armor metaphor. It says that your struggle isn’t with flesh and blood: you aren’t putting on physical armor and taking up a physical sword to vanquish your enemy. Those who are battling addiction and dealing with panic — which attacks the body, mind and soul — know this first hand. The armor you need is mental, emotional and spiritual, and the words from Ephesians provide you a formula for equipping yourself.
- Begin with the belt of truth: be honest about your situation, your mistakes and your needs
- Add the breastplate of righteousness: make a commitment to follow and obey God and put him — not panic — in control
- Cover your feet in the readiness of the gospel, so you are able to move when God directs
- Take up the shield of faith, relying on Christ to help you instead of relying on your own decision-making
- Choose the helmet of salvation through your belief in Christ
- And study the Scriptures, so you are able to use them as a sword to battle addiction and panic
A Spirit of Power
In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul advises his young charge that God has not provided him a Spirit of fear. Instead, he says, we have a spirit of “power, love and self-discipline.” It’s up to us to make the choice to use the Spirit God has given us, and through Christian counseling and addiction treatment, you can learn to turn to that Spirit instead of turning to drugs or alcohol at a time of stress or panic.
More than Conquerors
Finally, Paul gives us a Christian battle cry in Romans 8:31-39. He writes that nothing can separate a person who loves Christ from the love and grace that God provides through his Son. That includes addiction, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Paul says God is for us, so who — or what — can stand against us. “Nothing,” he says.
A comprehensive approach to treating panic attacks
Leaning on these Scriptures and God’s promise for your life doesn’t just make addiction or panic attacks magically disappear. The same is true for someone with a chronic illness such as cancer: prayer and Bible study doesn’t always cure it. That’s simply not the way the world works.
Incorporating an understanding of Scripture and relying on God’s Word for advice and comfort can help you battle addiction and recovery. At The Christian Treatment Center, we believe that a comprehensive approach that invokes best clinical practices and faith can treat your mind and soul, making it more likely you’ll attain success and long-term sobriety.
If you are dealing with addiction or panic attacks and don’t know where to turn, call us today. Our counselors are available to take your call at (844) 402-3605.