Drug Addiction and Anger Management in New Jersey

How Anger Leads to Substance Abuse

Throughout the state of New Jersey, thousands of people are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Although many people believe that those with an addiction just turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to get high or drunk, there are often underlying issues. One of the contributing factors that often goes overlooked is how anger can lead to substance abuse. If you’re struggling with an addiction or can’t stay sober, it might be time to take a look at your anger issues and see how anger management can help with your drug addiction.

How Anger Leads to Addiction

Anger is a powerful emotion, and although it can get us into trouble, it’s a useful emotion when managed properly. As people we evolved to have the emotion of anger because it helps us survive. Anger is an emotion that alerts us when we’re being treated unfairly or when someone we love might be in trouble. The problem arises when our anger is triggered by trivial situations or when our anger is disproportionate to the situations we experience.

Signs of anger issues can include:

  • High levels of irritability

  • Inability to stop yourself from rage

  • Stress

  • Guilt after angry outbursts or actions

  • Feeling overwhelmed

Many people with anger issues turn to substances for a variety of reasons. Over time, a person who has difficulty managing their anger may turn to substances like alcohol or opiates as a way to calm themselves down. It’s also common for a person to turn to tranquilizers like benzodiazepines as a way to soothe their anger. Unfortunately, not only does this not help alleviate the root of the anger issues, but oftentimes, it can make your anger even worse. Many people while drunk or high will act out of anger even more and have less control over what they say or do.

Treating Anger and Addiction

In order to recover from your addiction, you’ll need to go through anger management as well. Anger can be one of the leading causes of relapse, and this is one of the reasons why addressing resentments is such a crucial part of 12-step programs. Whether you go through a 12-step program, a treatment facility, or both, it’s going to be important to address your anger. Without tools to manage your anger, you may turn back to substances, and this is more common than you may think. When people are extremely angry, they’re irrational, and sometimes people drink or use drugs to “get back” at someone who wronged them. With help, you can learn new skills to manage your anger and stay sober for good.

Treatment Starts with Detox

If you’re struggling with anger issues as well as a drug addiction, allow Enlightened Solutions Detox to help. The first step in the recovery process is coming off of the drugs safely, and here at Enlightened Solutions, we provide holistic methods for detox. We also have a team of clinicians, and we specialize in anger management, so we can help you learn how to stay sober after treatment is complete. For more information about how we can help, call us today at 833-233-7336.

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