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Why Anger is a Dangerous Trigger for Addiction Relapse

Everyone gets angry occasionally when a situation becomes frustrating, or a person feels they were mistreated. At the same time, everyone shows their anger in different ways. Some are more open about it while others keep their anger hidden. Violence, especially if it’s built up, can act as a trigger for addiction relapse and create all sorts of consequences emotionally and physically. Classes on managing anger in recovery are vital for those who are recovering from addiction. Anger is a dangerous trigger and here’s why:

Alienates Friends and Family

When a person has excess anger built up inside of them, they will come to points where they have outbursts. These eruptions can cause friendships and families to fall apart. Because the person or family member didn’t know the recovering addict was angry in the first place, the outburst tends to come out of nowhere. Learning how to manage anger with anger management programs will help keep friendships and families together. Learning to avoid angry outbursts can assure that you will avoid an addiction relapse in the future.

Increases Chances of Committing Illegal Acts

When a person is angry, they can sometimes act impulsively and not think clearly. Acting impulsively can lead to criminal acts, such as breaking and entering, stealing, vandalizing property, etc. When a recovering addict has gone through anger management, they have more control over their actions and emotions.

Increases Risk of Relapse

Along with acting impulsively, a recovering addict who is angry may go back to their old ways and interfere with the progress they have made. The early months of recovery can be an emotional rollercoaster, and when they haven’t learned how to manage their anger properly, they have a higher risk of an addiction relapse.

Can Cause Health Issues

Anger can cause insomnia, fatigue, and violence, all of which can put stress on the body. When a person becomes exhausted and fatigued on top of their anger, not only does that affect their health, but they can act in ways they otherwise wouldn’t by being rude or violent. It’s vital for recovering addicts to learn how to handle their anger in a way that keeps their body healthy so they can live a high-quality life.

Can Hurt Relationships

Excessive anger can cause a person to shout, be aggressive, and rude to their significant other. These actions can create tension between the two and cause the relationship to decay. It’s important for the significant other to understand anger management just as much as it is important for the recovering addict to learn how to control their anger healthily. When both people understand the anger and how to manage it, they can work together as a team and create a tighter bond.

Can Lead to Loss of Employment

If uncontrolled anger reaches the workplace and affects too many colleagues or clients, the recovering addict may find themselves losing their job. This can put a significant amount of stress on the recovering addict and their family, which can make it even harder to control one’s anger.

Anger Management to Avoid Addiction Relapse

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we understand that recovery comes with highs and lows, along with the recovering addict feeling intense emotions such as anger. We know that excess anger can wreak havoc in all aspects of one’s life. However, we have the anger management tools needed to help recovering addicts get back in control of their emotions and life.

We do our best to offer a unique approach to addiction treatment that encompasses all the many different aspects of the physical, spiritual and emotional issues involved with addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction or would like to learn how you can incorporate anger management into your treatment program, please contact us.

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