Anger Management Therapy at Promises Treatment Centers
There’s the guy in the Lamborghini who took your parking spot. The waiter who refuses to look in your direction. And the woman at the grocery store laboriously writing out a check as you wait, cash ready, to buy a carton of milk.
Life gives us an endless number of things to get worked up about, but even the pettiest annoyance can send some people into a fury. There are many legitimate reasons to get angry, of course, like when you’ve been mistreated or lost a loved one. Anger is a natural emotion — just like love, pity and guilt — and not something to be suppressed or denied. In fact, suppressing anger can create mental health problems such as anxiety and depression when that pent-up rage is turned inward.
To be sure, losing your cool every now and then doesn’t mean you have an anger management problem. The problem arises when anger becomes uncontrollable. Rage can affect your relationships, your job and your health. For example, studies have found that people with high levels of anger were more likely to have coronary artery disease and the angriest among them were three times more likely to have a heart attack than their mellower counterparts.
How to Know If You Need Anger Management Treatment
Anger can have a negative impact on how others see you and get in the way of success in life. This is the kind of anger that warrants therapy. A mental health professional can help you learn to successfully manage your anger by giving you the tools to express your emotions in healthier ways.
Here are some warning signs that it’s time to seek help:
- You react quickly and violently to minor problems such as a spilled drink or someone bumping into you
- You often find yourself holding in feelings of anger
- You punch walls or other objects to feel a sense of release
- You’re experiencing physical symptoms such as teeth-grinding, an increased heart rate, clenched fists or sweaty palms
- You have a hard time calming down
- You regret your actions instantly after a blowup
Dealing With Anger and Drug Addiction
Substance abuse often coexists with anger. People turn to drugs or alcohol to block strong feelings, but the problem is that drug use tends to make angry people even angrier. This can result from withdrawal symptoms, family problems stemming from the drug abuse, and the biochemical effects drugs have on the brain.
Unfortunately, many people who abuse drugs and alcohol do not connect their anger problem to their substance abuse. They avoid therapy because they don’t think they need it or see it as a sign of weakness. What’s more, anger management has not received the attention needed for successful substance abuse treatment.
Many if not most substance abuse programs claim to offer anger management therapy yet few include anger certification for the therapists providing the treatment. Promises Treatment Centers is among the few substance abuse treatment providers that has contracted with certified anger management providers to offer therapy in groups and on a one-on-one basis. Anger is the underlying source of many substance use disorders and treating both problems gives you the best chance of getting your emotions under control and avoiding relapse.
What to Expect in Treatment
One of the goals of anger management treatment is to prevent you from reaching the explosion phase. Some of the strategies used in anger management include:
- Learning your anger triggers and how to respond without being aggressive
- Relaxation techniques to help you remain calm when you feel a surge of anger
- Cognitive behavioral therapy to change the way you think about and react to anger
- Communication skills to help you express your anger in a productive way
- Problem-solving techniques to help you feel empowered rather than frustrated
Anger and drug addiction are intertwined in many ways. For many people, staying away from drugs and alcohol is the key to preventing outbursts of uncontrollable rage.
Promises Treatment Centers’ scientifically validated approaches to treating anger and substance abuse can help keep families together and prevent legal and work-related troubles. You will receive truly individualized care delivered with compassion and respect.
If you or someone you love is struggling with out-of-control anger, call us to speak with someone who understands what you are going through. When you are conscious of what lies beneath your anger and have the tools to express yourself in constructive ways, you will not only feel better, you will be more likely to get your needs met.