Anger Management and Addiction Treatment

Unresolved anger issues when coupled with substance abuse is often a deadly combination. As the addiction epidemic coincides with the uptick in both domestic and other violent behavior the focus by entities such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are increasing their research efforts into the relationship between substance abuse and violence. Records show that over twenty-three million people in the United States are habitually abusing drugs or alcohol. While these people may already be struggling with anger, the potential for addiction and its consequences such as financial depreciation and problems in relationships typically exacerbate anger problems.

The NIDA's new focus on drug related violence is intended to enhance, and expand current research projects and approaches to identify existing knowledge gaps related to substance abuse violence and victimization. Sadly, most substance abusers are either in denial or unaware of their need for both anger management and addiction treatment. Effective substance abuse facilities that evaluate their clients from a physical and psychological standpoint before commencing treatment are more likely to identify these issues and customize dual diagnosis treatment protocols that are geared towards healing the person not just the addiction. In multiple cases, anger has been shown to be a precursor to the use and abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs.

Anger is a default mental condition that occurs when individuals experience various events that cause deep levels of frustration for which they have no recourse. Overtime as these emotional imbalances are continuously suppressed, it usually lead to self-medication with alcohol or drugs. Most mind altering drugs also have properties that release inhibitions resulting in the acting out of suppressed anger that would otherwise be contained. Anger Management and Addiction treatment therefore work in tandem to educate and help those individuals to avoid using violence as a form of release. Various clinical research data have also indicated that anger management intervention is effective in helping individuals with substance abuse problems to reduce and in some cases, prevent a relapse.

Five Anger Management Tips

Whether you are in recovery or struggling with anger on a daily bases here are five tips that can help you to manage substance abuse related anger:

  • Remove yourself from a potentially volatile situation to calm down.
  • Avoid using drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with frustrating life situations
  • Develop coping mechanisms such as physical exercise, positive self-talk or listening to music as a way of defusing pent up anger.
  • Establish a strong support team to whom you can turn when anger inducing problems surface.
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation to help redirect anger.
  • Participate in an anger management classes or workshops for self-education about additional anger management techniques that may be effective for you.

Anger and Addiction Treatment

When angry outburst or violence has become habitual and inexorably linked to addiction, it may be time to seek treatment. Drug rehab treatment centers are cognizant of the close link between anger and addiction and have comprehensive and integrative treatment protocols to enable recovery from both. Some programs that have been proven effective include cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and individual therapy that help patients to understand and process anger. We also provide opportunity for training in relaxation therapies such as yoga and meditation, art therapy and equine assisted therapy. When necessary, psychiatric medications may be recommended and administered to treat other serious comorbid conditions such as bipolar or depression disorders.

The consequences of unresolved anger and violence can include irreparable damage to significant relationships, accidents, damage to property and even the death of a loved one. Anger when coupled with addiction is therefore a prescription for disaster. Get help today before this condition cause deadly or irreversible life consequences.

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