During your addiction recovery, you will encounter many emotions. In our previous post we discussed why addicts have such a problem with their anger. What motivation do they have to really confront their anger and learn to channel it in positive and healthy ways? Facing their anger and learning to respond to it appropriately has benefits that reach far beyond the walls of drug rehab in Raleigh NC and the beginning of the journey to sobriety.
For many addicts, their struggle with anger is closely related to their addiction. Whether their anger stems from the inability to control their desires and cravings for their drug of choice or they are angry because they have encountered significant struggles personally, professionally or legally as a result of their addiction anger can be a real problem for many people. Anger can also contribute to the guilt or shame that many addicts feel about their addiction and the ways that it is hurting them or their family and friends. Childhood life experiences or undiagnosed or untreated mental illness can also contribute to a person's uncontrolled anger or be a catalyst for their outbursts.
Understanding where the anger comes from can be a difficult process. Often during therapy, layers of hurt and embarrassment must be peeled back to find the source of the person's anger. Once the root has been identified, treatments can be used to help heal and manage the cause. Utilizing inner child therapy can be helpful for those addicts whose anger is deeply rooted in early life experiences. Early childhood therapy has proven to be extremely useful in the treatment of addiction. The goal of this therapy is to address the needs of this inner child. Adults who experienced traumatic events in childhood are often left with emotional scars that have never been addressed. These can lead to damaging behaviors like anger, anxiety, guilt, shame and resulting addictions. Many types of inner children exist, and each has a significant impact on adult behaviors. Identifying and working with your inner child to alleviate these damaging behaviors can be life altering for many people.
Another beneficial therapy for those who struggle with anger is EMDR therapy. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on disturbing or traumatic experiences which can cause psychopathology conditions and in some people perpetuate addictive behaviors. This form of rehabilitative therapy alleviates the symptoms of traumatic experiences and can help resolve lingering issues related to severe trauma. Relief occurs by allowing you to develop adaptive coping mechanisms.
Addressing your anger and the root causes of it can begin to transform the relationships around you as you heal. Moving through the addiction recovery process involves more than detoxing from your drug of choice. Once you have removed the drug or alcohol addiction from your life, you can then begin to work on repairing relationships with friends and family that have been damaged by your addiction. At Legacy Freedom, we understand the importance of involving friends and relatives in your drug rehab in Raleigh NC. Group therapy and family sessions are just one of the many therapeutic options available to you at Legacy Freedom.
Legacy Freedom believes that you, not just your addiction, need to be treated. Our holistic approach to addiction recovery allows our staff to create a care plan that is entirely focused on you. Together with your Life-Purpose Coach, you will have the option to utilize any number of Legacy’s more than ten alternative therapies. Whether you choose EMDR, inner child therapy, equestrian therapy or yoga to help you combat your addiction and your anger issues, our dedicated staff of clinicians will be focused entirely on you. Substance abuse and anger also take their toll on your physical well-being. Our staff dietician and physical therapist will work with you to ensure that you are healing spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Legacy Freedom is not a twelve step program. Our approach to addiction recovery is unlike anything you have tried before. Whether you are concerned about a friend or loved one, currently struggling with your addiction or have tried and failed to reclaim your life before, we can help. Your struggle with cocaine, prescription medication, marijuana, alcohol or other substances doesn’t have to continue to affect your life and your family. Learn more about the alternative therapies we offer and about our holistic drug rehab in Raleigh NC. Find out what makes Legacy Freedom different and then begin your journey towards sobriety today.
Learning to control your anger not only improves your relationships with family, friends, and coworkers, it also allows you to improve your ability to react and think clearly. Improving the way you respond to stressful situations or people will allow you to evaluate the situation and gauge your response to it. Reacting in anger to situations or people clouds your judgment and leads to reactionary responses. These reactionary responses can lead you to make bad decisions in the heat of the moment. Anger management techniques are designed to help you rationalize your anger and focus on what is causing you to be angry.
Managing your anger also improves your ability to understand or empathize with those around you. Rather than feeling like everyone and everything is an annoyance or out to get you, controlled and managed anger helps you open up to the people and situations around you and empathize rather than react. Being able to empathize with those around you can assist in further strengthening your relationships with them.
The ability to control your anger and empathize will allow you to communicate better and more effectively. Communication is essential during your recovery process. Being able to ask for the types of support you need, talk about the root of your addiction, and verbalize your needs in recovery will make the transition to a sober lifestyle less difficult. No amount of screaming or verbal berating will clearly communicate your needs when you are projecting in anger. However, when you communicate in a respectful way friends, family and coworkers will be more willing to listen, support and encourage you in your recovery process and in your new sober lifestyle.
Legacy Is the Best Choice for Alternative Drug Rehab in Raleigh NC!
Choosing to work through you anger and your substance addiction can be challenging. Working with your Life-Purpose Coach and your care team will make it easier to choose the therapies and treatments that are right for you. Let's make this time the time that works. Learn more about Legacy Freedom of Raleigh and our holistic treatment approach to substance abuse and addiction. The help you need is just a phone call or a click away. Don't wait, call Legacy Freedom today to learn more about our drug rehab in Raleigh NC!