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Anger can be a healthy emotion if it is expressed in a constructive fashion. Anger ranges from mild to extreme, as individuals feel threatened or irritated with someone or something. In some cases, irrational thoughts and behaviors create situations based off of anger.
It’s important for our clients to handle situations in a healthy, productive manner. Whether anger is justified or not, it means that there’s an area that’s been harmed in your life. To feel angry, means that we feel threatened or fearful. We help our clients rectify these issues, providing essential tools and resources.
The Connection Between Our Clients and Anger
Many of our clients are angry regarding their childhood or adolescence. When this anger is never properly addressed, addictive behaviors often surface. This is typically a maladaptive response to their feelings and experiences. These clients are often not aware of their anger issues, which makes them even more damaging.
Our clients tend to have poor coping skills. Whenever a stressful situation arises, they’re accustom to using. This makes them less aware of their anger, as they self-medicate. In order to make positive changes, our clients need to face the root causes of their anger. We help them make these changes, creating a more positive future.
After detoxification is complete, clients often begin to feel. They feel the emotions and thoughts that they have suppressed throughout the years. Their addiction has allowed them to keep their emotions buried away. Since these feelings can be overwhelming and leave our clients feeling lost, we intervene.
At this point, we provide our clients with all of the support and therapy they need. Through our professional therapy sessions and resources, our clients develop coping skills. We help them resolve anger issues, as they transform into a healthier, more productive individual.
How Alcohol Affects Anger
Often the person an alcoholic portrays while drinking, is much different to the person they are sober. This is recognized amongst their family and friends. Alcohol makes many individuals angry and aggressive. This tends to create a cycle of drinking, anger, and even criminal behavior.
Excessive drinking and anger leads to the destruction of property, domestic violence, child abuse, revenge seeking behavior, fighting, and drinking and driving. These are all ways in which an alcoholic may express their anger. The worst part is, they may not even understand why they’re so angry.
Through our various programs and treatment options, we help our clients learn effective anger management skills. We show our clients how to manage their suppressed anger, while focusing on healing techniques. This helps them channel their emotions, creating positive results.
How Drug Abuse Affects Anger
Regardless of addiction, anger creates physiological changes. These changes can lead to uncomfortable and even frightful feelings. Individuals tend to experience nausea, a rapid heartbeat, body aches, sweating, and heavy breathing. When someone is constantly under these conditions, they look for ways to cope.
For drug addicts, most can remember the first time they ever used. Whether they took heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine, they generally experience a sense of calmness. They felt indifferent to what was occurring in their lives. This need to escape is often associated with unresolved issues that lead to anger and other destructive behavior.
What Are Some Anger Management Techniques?
At Weston Rehab, we teach our clients effective anger management skills and techniques. We help our clients recognize the situations and people that trigger feelings of anger. When clients learn proactive solutions, they can deal with their emotions in a more effective manner. This helps reduce the risk of relapse.
Our clients often experience suppressed anger, which creates destructive emotions. These emotions eat away at one’s ability to live a satisfying life. When clients have held onto resentment for long periods of time, they often experience symptoms of depression as well. This prevents our clients from living the life they deserve.
We help our clients see the ways in which depression and anger hinder their lives. When clients feel depressed, that is anger being expressed against themselves. Aggressive behavior on the other hand, is anger being expressed to their external environment. We teach our clients ways to deal with both types of anger. This benefits the client’s well-being, while increasing their coping techniques.
How Can Anger Management Help Me?
Once our clients complete their anger management program, they lose their overwhelming feelings of anger and depression. This helps them approach their sobriety in a new light, as they’re more optimistic about the future. Therapy sessions have our clients focus on some of the following questions:
- Does anger benefit your day? Is it truly worth ruining your entire day by being angry?
- When you look at the big picture, is it worth getting angry over something someone did or said?
- When you get angry and lash out, what are the consequences?
- If you are feeling angry, will that have a positive impact on your recovery?
At Weston Rehab, we help our clients relieve emotional pain in a positive manner. We teach them ways to deal with their anger and emotions without resorting to violent behavior and substance abuse. This cycle of angry emotions, will only hinder your life and your recovery process.
Our clients leave our anger management program feeling relieved. They learn how to change their thought processes, benefiting them long-term. They learn to stop blaming others, taking responsibility for their actions. This is all part of the healing process, as we help our clients maintain their road to recovery.