Learning How to Manage Anger Without Alcohol or Drugs

drug rehab in ColumbusEveryone gets angry, but it’s how you deal with it that determines if it will become a problem. If you were in the habit of turning to drugs or alcohol to cope, it can be an issue when you’re in recovery. If you don’t find healthy ways to deal with anger, it can lead to a relapse or worse.

There are three parts to anger: the thought that explains why you are angry; the behavior as a result of the thought; and the physical reaction that manifests as the “fight or flight” response, resulting in increased heart rate and rapid breathing.

Anger is caused by both rational and irrational factors. If you feel threatened or if your feelings are hurt, it can cause anger. It’s natural. Some reasons may be irrational, like if you have unrealistic expectation of situations or people and they seemingly “fail” you.  This generally stems from negative thinking patterns.

It’s normal to feel anger. It can be a healthy emotion if it leads to positive outcomes such as changes to improve your life, or if it gives you the strength to stand up for yourself.  On the other hand, if anger isn’t handled properly, it can lead to negative physical, emotional, and social consequences, including damaging the progress you’ve made in recovery.

When you're in recovery, it’s common to feel as if your emotions are on a roller coaster. You may become angry over things or find it hard to let go of suppressed anger. In some cases, your alcohol or drug abuse may have stemmed from an inability to deal with anger. Now that it’s not a coping strategy anymore, it can be frustrating if you don’t know how to deal with it.

One way to cope with anger is to take a moment to step back, breathe in deeply, and try to bring yourself to a calmer place. Counting to 10 will also help you focus on something other than the anger and give you time for the anger to subside. If you are angry at someone, walk away before confronting them. Trying to resolve an issue while you’re angry will only make the problem worse. If you tend to become physical when you are angry, it can escalate into a situation that will not end well.

Once your anger has subsided, take the time to see what made you angry. Was it an unresolved issue? Was someone provoking you?  Why did you feel threatened? Ask yourself if there is anything you can do to fix the problem. Assessing why you got angry in the first place will help you avoid becoming angry over the same situations.

You can also work on potential anger issues before they arise. Meditation is effective in helping to manage your emotions because you’re teaching yourself to be calmer and more present overall, not just when the anger strikes. Exercise can also help release pent up anger.

If you feel you can’t deal with your anger issues and need outside help, check with our facility for alcohol and drug rehab in Columbus for anger management options. It's possible to learn to deal with anger in a healthy way so that you can stay on track with your recovery.

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If you need additional treatment in your recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, call Legacy Freedom in Columbus, OH. We have a long list of holistic and alternative therapy options that have been proven to work. We can help develop a plan that will address your needs and keep you on track. Our admissions coordinators are available to help you any time. Give our facility for alcohol and drug rehab in Columbus a call today.

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