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Anger Management in Recovery
Anger is an extremely important emotion to address during the addiction recovery process, as anger itself can be such a strong trigger for relapse. Anger can build as an individual experiences a lack in progress in recovery, or it can even build as a person in recovery consistently reflects on a romanticized past of substance abuse. When this anger goes unchecked over a period of time, the affected individual could turn back to substance abuse as a form of self-medication. In addition, anger is often an underlying issue with addiction, meaning that it could have contributed to the onset of an individual’s addiction in the first place. This is why anger management is an essential skill to hone during the addiction recovery process.
Anger is an emotion that comes to every individual at some point or another, and it has many faces. For some, anger manifests as open aggressiveness, with behavior such as shouting, violence, and breaking objects. For others, anger creeps up as passive aggressiveness, with behavior such as repressed emotion, manipulation, self-blame, and secretive behavior. As you navigate through the addiction recovery process with Therapia, you’ll become better equipped with the skills needed to identify your own anger, pinpoint its root causes, and determine what techniques are needed in order to address it.
Anger management can prove invaluable not only in preventing relapse, but also in protecting you from the physical, psychological, and social consequences that can stem from anger. Some anger management techniques that you will develop with Therapia include :
Effective communication techniques
Anger is an underlying issue that is most often associated with men, and therefore anger management holds a special place in gender specific treatment. However, anger can (and often does) crop up as an underlying issue with women as well, which means that anger management plays a vital role in every comprehensive addiction recovery program.
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