Types of Anger
There are three key types of anger: passive-aggressive anger, openly aggressive
anger, and assertive anger.
Passive-Aggressive Anger: When people exhibit passive-aggressive anger, they try to exhibit their
anger without experiencing confrontation. To accomplish this goal, individuals
often subtly show their anger.
Openly Aggressive Anger: Individuals who are openly aggressive exhibit their anger in a way that
is quite evident to others. People who exhibit this type of anger lash
out at others by yelling, throwing things, or bullying other individuals.
People who are openly aggressive struggle with anger that is so intense
that they often can’t control it.
Assertive Anger: Assertive anger is anger given in the correct way. This is because this
type of anger involves balance and rationale. People who exhibit assertive
anger are more likely to resolve their anger issues with another person.
Signs and Symptoms of Anger
There are many signs or symptoms of anger. Some of the common signs and
symptoms of anger include:
- Clenching of the hands
- Clenching of the jaw
- Racing heart rate
- No eye contact
- Tense muscles
How Anger Affects Your Brain and Body
Anger causes the hypothalamus at the base of the brain to activate itself.
It also causes the hypothalamus to send out a signal to the adrenal glands
at the top of the kidneys. This signal makes the kidneys release stress
hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline.
As a person’s anger increases, so do things like one’s heart
rate and blood pressure. Meanwhile, the stress hormone cortisol increases
one’s blood sugar. Stress hormones are also what activates a person’s
fight-or-flight response. When doing this, a person’s stress hormones
communicate with parts of the brain that control one’s mood, motivation, and fear.
Stress hormones such as cortisol will even suppress the body’s immune
system, digestive system, and reproductive system. Chronic anger can also
have negative effects on the body’s cardiovascular system that causes
a person to experience things like hypertension.
When it comes to the brain, anger can destroy neurons that are associated
with short-term memory, decision-making, and judgment. This makes people
that suffer from anger issues more likely to make reckless decisions.
So it’s important for individuals who struggle with anger due to
past substance abuse to attend anger management therapy.
Causes of Anger in Addiction Recovery
People in addiction recovery often exhibit anger for a number of reasons.
One common reason why people in addiction recovery exhibit anger is because
they feel guilty about their past mistakes while suffering from addiction.
This guilt then turns into frustration with oneself. This is especially
true if people feel as if they aren’t where they should be in their
lives due to their past substance use.
When people feel angry with themselves for their past mistakes, they often
lash out at the people closest to them. Another common reason why people
in addiction recovery often exhibit anger is that they are still physically
dealing with the after-effects of their substance abuse. When people chronically
abuse substances, the substances alter the chemistry in their brains.
It does so in a way that often causes people to exhibit bouts of anger
When individuals are in the early stages of addiction recovery, some of
the effects of substance abuse still linger around for a while. As a result,
it’s not that uncommon for former drug users to exhibit moments
of uncontrollable anger.
The Cost of Being Angry
People in addiction recovery can work to mentally manage their anger. One
way to do this is by reminding themselves of all the negative consequences
that can come as a result of anger. Doing this can help put things back
into perspective for those in addiction recovery.
Some common negative consequences of being angry that individuals in addiction
recovery can remind themselves about include:
- Losing one’s job or getting kicked out of school due to one’s anger
- Ruining the relationships the person in addiction recovery has with his
or her loved ones
- Causing yourself health issues such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and more
- Physically or emotionally harming oneself or others in ways that you can’t take back
Signs That Your Anger is a Sign of a Deeper Issue
Many people who suffer from addiction also suffer from mental illnesses
such as depression or anxiety. Often, bouts of anger and irritability
are some of the side effects of mental illness. Mental health disorders
are often catalysts to addiction.
Suffering from anger after recovery may be a sign that you’re starting
to relapse. If you feel as if your anger is continuous and is associated
with other signs of mental illness or the beginning stages of relapse,
attend anger management counseling along with
addiction therapy as soon as possible.
Benefits of Anger Management Counseling When in Addiction Recovery
There are many benefits to anger management therapy. One major benefit
of attending anger management counseling is that it can improve your health.
This is due to the fact that chronic anger often causes health issues
such as hypertension and increased blood pressure.
Another benefit of attending anger management counseling is that it can
help prevent you from relapsing. This is due to the fact that anger issues
from a person in addiction recovery are sometimes a sign of mental illness
that’s associated with addiction creeping back up.
Therefore, when people allow such chronic anger to continue, it can cause
them to redevelop past mental illnesses. This will, in turn, trigger people’s
desires to use substances again. Instead of letting your chronic anger
trigger all of these issues, it’s best to stop anger in its tracks
by attending anger management therapy.
Receive Continued Support in Recovery At Grace Land Recovery
Grace Land Recovery is a dual diagnosis treatment center that understands that people in addiction
recovery still need support and assistance. That’s why we offer
clinical groups for anger management, emotion regulation, relapse prevention, and more.
As a dual diagnosis treatment center, we here at Grace Land Recovery also
provide our patients with specialized and individualized addiction treatment
and therapy programs for a wide variety of substances and mental illnesses.
The business services that we offer includes individual and group therapy,
case management, nurse practitioner appointments, and medication management.
To learn more about Grace Land Recover and the many different addiction
treatment and therapy services that we offer,
contact us today! Although our office hours are only Monday through Friday, 9 am –
5 pm, our phone lines are open and monitored 24 hours a day. Therefore,
you can call us over the phone at any time.
So, what are you waiting for? Attend anger management counseling or any
other addiction treatment and therapy program that you need to maintain
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