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Learning to Cope with Anger

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Learning how to cope with your anger is a crucial skill to have to avoid letting anger dictate your actions and potentially lead to substance use and other mental health disorders. Anger is a natural reaction to stressful situations, but some people can become overwhelmed by their anger and yell, threaten, or cause violence. In some cases, people can become addicted to anger for the adrenalin rush that can cause similar sensations to drinking or drug use. Enrolling in an anger management treatment program can reduce the risks of addiction by teaching patients healthy coping skills for managing their anger and emotions.

At Texas Recovery Center, we support men and women from all walks of life who struggle to control their anger and use drugs and alcohol to cope. We sit down with each patient to understand the cause behind their anger and create an effective treatment plan to treat all aspects of their condition. If you are interested in enrolling in our anger management treatment program, send us a message online or pick up the phone and call 844.230.5931 today to schedule a tour of our center.

Learning How to Cope with Your Anger

Our emotions are very complex and challenging to control in certain situations. For those who experience overpowering anger, it can cause significant problems in their lives and lead to divorce, unemployment, depression, and substance use. Some of the common causes of anger include:

  • Financial difficulties
  • Work and personal relationships
  • Everyday stress
  • Current affairs
  • Politics
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Past traumas

Learning how to cope with your anger effectively is a learned skill that behavioral therapists can teach individuals no matter how intense their anger is. The skills they learn can include mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, and other skills to help them control their anger.

At Texas Recovery Center, our certified behavioral therapists have experience treating patients with anger management issues and the underlying cause behind them. Patients will participate in group and private therapy sessions while receiving medication to minimize any symptoms disrupting the recovery process.

Beneficial Coping Skills for Anger Management

Controlling your anger is vital for interacting with people, building healthy relationships, and succeeding at work, school, and other areas. While feeling angry is natural, letting it cause negative or dangerous behavior is very unhealthy and can lead to substance use and worsening mental health.

Here are some of the beneficial coping skills for anger management that you will learn during your treatment program:

  • Think before you speak – In the heat of the moment, words can be said that are very hurtful and can lead to violence in some cases. Behavioral therapists teach patients how to think before they react and calmly deal with the situation they are facing.
  • Taking a time out – Exercise is an excellent way to release pent-up anger. If you are at work and someone makes you angry, step away and take a 5 to 10-minute walk around the block. The exercise will clear your head and allow you to deal rationally with the person once you calm down.
  • Learn your triggers – During private therapy, therapists will dive deep into your history to uncover the root cause of your anger to help you identify the situations that trigger you. This skill is beneficial in spotting potential triggers before they develop so you can stop the anger from ever happening.
  • Practice makes perfect – During group therapy, you will have a chance to practice your skills with your peers in a supervised environment. Therapists will watch as you participate in various activities and role-playing games and make a note of any troubling behavior that needs addressing. Group therapy can also give you new insights from different life perspectives and help you see how others cope with their anger.
  • Keep a journal – A daily journal is an excellent way to fine-tune coping skills and work through troubling thoughts or incidents. Writing about your experiences can help you process feelings, improve your coping capabilities, and improve other areas in your life.

Learning how to cope with your anger is imperative to lead a productive life, build healthy relationships, and advancing at work or school. Working with a trained therapist about your anger is a healthy choice to make when your anger causes significant problems in your life.

Find an Anger Management Treatment Program at Texas Recovery Center

Men and women who struggle with their anger and substance use will find the support they need at Texas Recovery Center. Our accredited treatment center offers a full complement of treatment programs to address anger management issues and any substance use caused by it. The skills you learn during treatment will give you the courage and self-confidence to handle any stressful situation or person without feeling angry or having any cravings for drugs and alcohol. If you or a loved one is struggling to control their anger, call 844.230.5931 today to speak with our friendly staff about enrolling in our mental health treatment center.

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