As human beings, we are prone to powerful emotions, and anger is one of the first emotions we learn to express as small children, becoming upset with other children who won’t share their toys with us or screaming at the top of our lungs because we don’t want to take a bath. As adults, we learn to control our emotions and communicate better with others, but some people struggle with controlling their emotions, and when their anger boils out of control, it can cause serious problems at work and at home, and further the destructive cycle of abuse and addiction. If you struggle with controlling your anger, contact A Forever Recovery today to learn how you can benefit from anger management group therapy.
Why We Feel Angry
Many of our emotions are linked to a particular physical response, and when we experience anger, our bodies secrete chemicals that activate our heart rate, blood sugar level, blood pressure, blood flow to muscles, and sweat glands, essentially getting the body and mind ready for action. Anger also sharpens the senses and increases the production of adrenaline, triggering a survival instinct that may cause us to act before we’ve made a rational decision on the best way to behave. For many addicts, their alcoholism or drug abuse is linked to uncontrolled anger, and by learning how to manage their anger, they can break free from their substance abuse as well.
Different Levels of Anger
Anger isn’t always a bad thing. For some people, feelings of anger or moral outrage inspire them to campaign for good causes, right unjust wrongs, and enforce the rules that govern our society. But anger becomes a problem when it causes us to physically or emotionally hurt ourselves or others, and especially when it leads to aggression, which may be further prompted by the use of alcohol or drugs. Substance abuse can lower inhibitions and cause us to act in a way we normally might not, which only makes matters worse.
Some people develop unhealthy responses to anger, and this may be a sign of an anger disorder, which can range from mild to severe. The most serious form of anger disorder is known as intermittent explosive disorder (IED), a condition characterized by sudden, repeated outbursts of impulsive, aggressive anger and violence, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand and that often progress to the point of rage. In other words, a person with this disorder may become enraged and scream at or physically harm someone who cuts in from of them in line or speaks too loudly on the phone next to them, neither of which would normally be considered a serious offense.
Strategies for Controlling Emotion
Counseling is a helpful tool in recovering from a behavior disorder like uncontrollable anger, and group therapy, in particular, may be beneficial to those who find themselves unable to get a grip on their emotions. Like other forms of group therapy, anger management can provide a safe and secure environment where people experiencing problems with anger can share their experiences with others facing similar challenges, and learn how to express their emotions in a healthy and productive way.
Some good strategies for controlling anger and other emotions through group therapy include:
- Taking a deep breath and counting to ten, or visualizing something positive that makes you feel calmer.
- Becoming better at communication so you can effectively express your emotions to others and avoid arguments that will only make your anger worse.
- Learning problem-solving strategies and coming up with creative solutions for expressing your emotions without hurting others.
Contact A Forever Recovery for Help with Anger Management or Addiction
Learning how to control your emotions and constructively address the underlying causes of your anger is the first step to successful recovery, and anger management classes can be a pivotal part of the rehabilitation process. At A Forever Recovery, individuals struggling with anger management problems learn how to deal with their emotions before they bubble up out of control. If you or a loved one is facing a problem with anger management, call A Forever Recovery today to find out how group therapy can help.