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Going To Rehab: How To Control Anger & Recover

How To Control AngerGoing to treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is intimidating, frightening, and overwhelming for most people. Whether you have been to rehab before or not, feelings of anger, frustration, guilt, and regret are perfectly normal, but they do not have to control you any longer.

Here are some suggestions for how to control anger and get the best out of your treatment experience.

How To Control Anger

Imagine what your life would be like if you learned how to control your anger, and not have anger control you. The first step is learning how your anger works.

The Behavior Behind Anger

Vulnerability: It stinks sometimes to be vulnerable and share your fears and insecurities. It is also difficult to be an adult and be required to take suggestions and follow rules because you have proven incapable of doing so while under the influence of your disease. Many times people in treatment will act out when they are asked to be vulnerable, which then leads to overwhelming emotions.

Overwhelming Emotions: You may find it easier to place your anger and blame on “safe targets,” or those you know love you and will stand by you. Frustration along with overwhelming emotions from addiction, and any unresolved past events, can lead to anxiety, anger, and even fear.

Fear:  Fear of the unknown, unsure of what direction you should go in, how you are going to stay clean and sober, finding happiness and even simply finding hope when you feel hopeless. Fear can take on many forms and can help feed an underlying mental health disorder, like anxiety, depression, bi-polar, etc.

Mental Health: Not taking care of any underlying mental health issues could also lead to anger problems and emotional instability. Mental and physical health is equally important – don’t focus on one over the other. Treatment is a great place to discover what issues may be fueling your anger so that recovery can really take place.

How To Control Anger And Live In Recovery

Just because you may have an anger management problem, doesn’t mean you can’t get clean and sober and live a life full of joy and happiness. A lot of your emotions will settle down once you work a program of recovery, address and treat any underlying mental health issues, allow yourself to take suggestions, and be vulnerable with those trying to really help you. It may sound like a lot to ask – but the thousands of your peers in recovery have done it, and so can you.

Recovery is always possible, even for those suffering from anger management issues, but you have to want it and you have to put in the work to get it. Let your anger go and allow yourself to truly recover from the devastation of addiction. It is your time to heal and the time is now. Contact us at 1-800-439-5959.

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