As we continue to explore the link between anger and substance abuse, we know that often an undiagnosed mental illness can accompany addiction. Intermittent explosive disorder is often overshadowed by drug or alcohol dependency and can be overlooked or written off as the addict being angry about their recovery process or just having a bad temper.
However, this is a real mental illness that is found in many addicts and diagnosed as a secondary illness in many who also struggle with anxiety or depression. If anger is driving your substance abuse, call Legacy Freedom. Our drug and alcohol rehab Wilmington NC services can help you.
Six identified types of anger are widely accepted by experts. Understanding these six types will help you understand the type of anger that you or your loved one are displaying. The following are the commonly accepted types of anger:
- Vengeful anger - Often accompanied by strong feelings of resentment for the person or the situation at which the anger is directed, this type of anger is both mentally and physically damaging. Those who experience this type of anger often display obsessive thought patterns, and their brain responds to anger in the same way it responds to their drug of choice. These people are anger addicts. Physical manifestations of this type of anger include high blood pressure, increased stroke risk and elevated levels of stress.
- Volatile anger - Most common in men with substance abuse issues and often called by its other name, intermittent explosive disorder (IED), this type of anger can lead to violent outbursts, physical altercations, self-harm and damage to property. These explosive outbursts are often over the top reactions to the situation and can often result in significant legal troubles. Those who experience this type of anger will often inflict serious harm on themselves without meaning to.
- Passive anger - This seething anger manifests as passive aggressive statements or cutting sarcasm. Anger in this form is most damaging to your health because it's hard to identify and can go on for extended periods of time. During this period your body's defenses weaken, and your immune system is compromised. These are the people who often 'just snap' and feed on the cycle of anger and negative emotion. Higher risks for heart disease, TMJ dysfunction, cancer, and osteoarthritis are common physical manifestations of this form of anger.
- Chronic anger - Chronic anger is another dangerous type of anger. People with this chronically angry state are constantly livid. They seek things to be upset about and are often alienated from their friends, family, and coworkers because of this anger in its constant form. Reacting in anger to one thing or the next, they often find themselves facing serious relationship and legal troubles.
- Petrified anger - Those who cannot forgive and forget experience a phenomenon known as petrified anger. They are bitter, always waiting for the apology that will never come from someone who doesn't care or know that they are mad. Petrified anger is difficult to overcome and for many, a therapist needs to be involved in helping the person identify why they are holding on to the anger and come to the realization that holding on to this anger serves no real purpose.
Not all anger is bad. There are healthy types of anger. These are the two types of anger that experts agree are good for you and offer you benefits rather than creating problems or damaging your health.
- Empathetic anger - When a friend gets fired, is wronged by a partner or gets devastating news many of us get angry on their behalf. This is known as empathetic anger. This sympathetic form of anger allows you to bond with those around you and may strengthen your relationship with them. Research has shown that by focusing on others and their needs, feelings, and emotions we actually begin to feel better about ourselves. Our mood improves, and we are more likely to feel grateful for the things we have in our own lives that are good.
- Incidental anger - While not as feel-good as empathetic anger, incidental anger is a healthy and normal expression of self. This is the anger you experience when something upsets you and you confront that situation or person in a healthy way to express your anger and then move forward. Most people learn from these episodes in some way. Whether they learn about the other person or learn about themselves, this type of anger is beneficial because it allows us to sense when something is wrong, address it and move forward.
The negative types of anger are most often accompanied by severe substance abuse issues and underlying mental illnesses. Discovering why you are angry or what is making you angry will allow you to begin to heal from your addiction and the underlying mental health concerns as well.
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If you, or someone you love, are struggling with anger and addiction, we can help. Legacy Freedom of Wilmington has created a holistic approach to substance abuse that addresses all of the addict's needs - mental, emotional and physical. We are not a twelve step program. We are a holistic treatment center that offers customized care plans which are based on you and your unique needs. Whether your addiction is new or you have battled substance abuse unsuccessfully for years, we can help. Our dedicated team of clinicians and therapists are ready to help you live a sober and purpose filled life.
Each client is assigned a Life-Purpose Coach who will help them choose their alternative treatments from an extensive list of offerings which include equestrian therapy, adventure therapy, inner child therapy and yoga. Together with your Life-Purpose Coach, you will identify interests and goals that you have long forgotten about as a result of being consumed by your addiction. Returning you to your best self is our goal.
We understand that the physical repercussions of addiction are many. Our on-staff dietician will help you learn to nourish your body through whole foods and proper nutrition. In physical therapy, you will find ways to heal your body through exercise and set fitness goals to help you restore your health and well-being. Physical fitness training combined with nutrition counseling has shown remarkable results and is central in maintaining a healthy, balanced life.
One-on-one therapy and group therapy are the cornerstones of what we do. Getting to the root of your addiction will increase your success in your new sober lifestyle. We know that including family, friends and loved ones in your recovery process increases your chances of success. We proudly offer family sessions that allow your loved ones to learn more about the strides you have made in your addiction recovery and how they can help you in your journey to sobriety.
Your journey towards health, sobriety and renewed purpose begins with a single phone call or the click of a button. Our care team is ready to help you heal. Call Legacy Freedom today when you quality drug and alcohol rehab Wilmington NC services!