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Anger Management Treatment

Anger is something that everyone experiences from time to time. However, when anger becomes unmanageable, it can seriously hinder relationships and may make it more likely that a person will abuse drugs or alcohol.

What is Anger Management?

Anger is a natural response to certain situations and is something that everyone experiences at least once in a while. However, some people may find it difficult to manage their anger, or find that they are easily provoked and subject to “flying off the handle” quite easily. These individuals are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol because they often use substances to mask their feelings. When extreme anger is combined with substance abuse, the result is often devastating, leading to acts of violence or problems with the criminal justice system.

Anger management therapy helps individuals learn what triggers their anger so they can avoid certain situations. Not all triggers are avoidable, so another goal of anger management is to teach people how to adjust their perception of different situations, as well as to develop healthy outlets for dealing with anger.

Signs Someone Needs Anger Management

An individual could be a good candidate for anger management if he or she:

  • Resorts to name calling, belittles, or mocks
  • Instills fear in others when angry
  • Forces people to live as though they are “walking on eggshells” so as not to cause an outburst
  • Destroys property or becomes physically violent

Changes in Behavior

Those who are good candidates for anger management therapy are individuals who cannot seem to control their anger once they first notice signs of it coming on. They often know they should not behave in a particular manner, but feel powerless to stop their actions. These people may destroy property or even cause physical harm to those around them.

Physical and Mental Symptoms of Anger Management

Those with an anger disorder often suffer from physical problems such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Frequent headaches
  • Stomach disorders
  • Heart palpitations or chest pain
  • Chronic fatigue

Individuals with chronic anger might also have difficulty concentrating or find certain situations so stressful that they cannot perform their normal functions.

How North Coast Recovery Can Help

North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.

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