Anger is a natural emotion that occurs in everyone. In its purest form, anger reflects the flight or fight response. It is an instinct—a survival mechanism. A larger underlying problem exists in the person who suffers from uncontrollable anger, or rage. Therefore, the source of the rage must be exposed and therapeutically addressed.
Many manifestations of anger exist, and not all of them are expressed through explosive behaviors. We feel anger in our bodies—it is a physiological response to the emotion. Other times internalized anger results. When that regularly occurs, other physical indicators appear:
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Weakened immune system
- Mood changes such as depression or anxiety
- Low self esteem
Drugs and alcohol alter the brain’s responsive abilities to normal stimuli (emotional or physical). These altered brain responses make it difficult to control emotions and impulsive behaviors. The protective barriers to uncensored anger are short circuited and lead people, suffering from alcoholism and/ or drug abuse, into trouble. These responses include:
- Physical confrontations
- Destruction of property
- Retaliatory behavior
Treating addiction necessitates addressing mental health issues and self-destructive behaviors. Effective addiction treatment must be comprehensive. A complete evaluation of every aspect of person’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual status must occur. A person’s wish to change and to break free of addictive behaviors and distorted thought patterns can only be accomplished through a comprehensive approach.
The foundation of long term sobriety encompasses controlling one’s anger, looking at the personal trigger points that set off anger, discovering other underlying emotional issues, and developing new coping mechanisms for all feelings.
Treatment Alternatives’ philosophy defines a multidisciplinary approach to treating substance abuse and anger. Changing one’s habitual and substance related responses is possible with an appropriate treatment plan and commitment to change. Substance abuse and anger do not have to define your life.
Stop the insanity caused by substance abuse and anger. Regain control of your life and your emotions. The pain of untreated anger and substance abuse is greater than the pain of recovery. Make your life easier and happier, get help today. Call now and start on the road of recovery immediately.