Anger in substance abuse recovery can be potentially dangerous. On its own, the emotion can cause high blood pressure which can lead to stroke; depression, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders and a number of other physical conditions. Anger can also land you in jail if you take it out on someone else or their property. Drug abuse such as cocaine and heroin, as well as alcohol abuse can not only increase an individual’s anger but it can aggravate unresolved emotions and be a revolving door to further alcohol and drug addiction as a coping mechanism. When it is combined with alcohol and drug abuse and addiction, it is important that the individual seek a substance abuse program that includes anger management in the recovery process.
Substance Abuse Impacts Emotions
Individuals who have alcohol or drug abuse will act out their anger in one or more ways including becoming overly aggressive physically by punching, kicking or hitting. In some cases, the individuals may vent their hostilities against a person or situation. It is not uncommon for individuals to seek revenge against the object of their anger. On the opposite side, some individuals never learn how to let out their emotions and so they hold it inside or they will avoid the source of their anger and refuse to acknowledge it.
Managing Anger during Substance Abuse Recovery
Some individuals find that participating in meditation or yoga helps them to manage their anger. Learning to take a deep breath and calm down and evaluate the situation before they react is also helpful. Developing ways to communicate anger in ways that do not resort to physical or verbal abuse can help manage anger productively.
Treating Anger and Substance Abuse
Most substance abuse recovery counselors believe that when there is both anger and substance abuse, it is best to treat them at the same time. Therapy should be included to help the individual in recovery understand their anger, such as its origins, the triggers that aggravate it and how to effectively process it. Holistic therapies including meditation, yoga and acupuncture can help individuals remain calm and control their emotions. Some counselors also recommend that the individual participate in group therapy.
Anger after Substance Abuse Recovery
Many individuals discover that after their substance abuse has ended, that they are not as angry or that it is not as easily triggered – in other words, they are able to better control their emotions. They also find that it is easier to understand their anger, the reasons behind it and most realize that without drugs and alcohol abuse, the emotion is not as prevalent in their life. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from substance addiction and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.