Anger Management in Sobriety
Thomas P. Hollander, Ph.D.
Angry feelings is one of the greatest challenges for recovering alcoholics and addicts. Relapse is often related to the inability to constructively handle anger. Mismanged anger poses a threat to recovery for the newcomer and the oldtimer. Sometimes the greatest threat is to relationships.
Positive Steps in Dealing With Anger
Recognize Angry Feelings:
How do you know when you are angry?
List Your Anger Signs:
Head, stomach and back aches
Identify The Cause:
What is the situation?
Decide How To Behave:
Reason with your angry self-talk.
Do physical activity.
Prevention and Preparation:
Meditation can help balance the nervous system, and contribute to less stressful anger management.
Only you can decide on the best method to use at this time to handle your anger. Of the alternatives your have, which seem the best? What are the possible outcomes if you try a particular alternative? What will you do if this alternative doesn't work? Write in a journal. Discuss it with a friend or spinsor. Bring it to your recovery or therapy group. Seek professional help when needed. And remember, anger is not a dirty word. It is a part of being human!
Author Thomas P. Hollander, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in Addictive Disorders. He maintains a private practice in Del Mar, CA. and can be reached at 619-755-5826.
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