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Anger and Addiction

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Substance abuse and dependence has grown beyond even the bleakest predictions of the past. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 23 million people who are struggling (on a daily basis) with some form of substance abuse or dependence. The toll it is having on our society is dramatically increased when we factor in the number of families who suffer the consequences of living with a person with an addiction, such as:

  • Job loss
  • Incarceration
  • Loss of child Custody
  • DUI's
  • Domestic Violence/Aggression
  • Marital problems/divorce
  • Accidents/injuries
  • Financial problems
  • Fetal Birth/damage
  • Depression/anxiety/chronic anger

What is it worth to you and your family to avoid these consequences?

Unfortunately, most substance abusers may not even be aware that they have an underlying anger problem and do not "connect" their anger problem to their alcoholism, drug addiction and substance abuse. Therefore, they do not seek (or get) help for their anger problem. But more often than not, their anger is the underlying source (and psychological origin) of their disorder.

Anger "emotionally" precedes the use of cocaine and alcohol for many alcohol and cocaine dependent individuals. Anger is an emotional and mental form of "suffering" that occurs whenever our desires and expectations of life, others or self are thwarted or unfulfilled. Addictive behavior and substance abuse is an addict's way of relieving themselves of the agony of their anger by "numbing" themselves with drugs, alcohol and so on. This is not "managing their anger", but suppression.

When we do not know how to manage our anger appropriately, we try to stuff the anger down inside ourselves and "keep it there". Over time, it festers and often gives rise to even more painful emotions, such as depression and anxiety. Thus, the individual has now created an additional problem for themselves besides their substance abuse, and must be "dual diagnosed" to receive proper treatment. Several clinical studies have demonstrated that anger management intervention for individuals with substance abuse problems is very effective in reducing or altogether eliminating a relapse.

Our Anger Management-Based Substance Abuse Program helps our clients relieve the pain of their suppressed anger the "right way" and stop trying to relieve their emotional pain the "wrong way". We help our clients learn how to handle their painful feelings (anger, loneliness, boredom, anxiety, stress etc.) without resorting to drugs or alcohol.

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Medical research has found that alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine dependence are medical diseases associated with biochemical changes in the brain. Traditional treatment approaches for drug and alcohol dependency focus mainly on group therapy and cognitive behavior modification, which very often does not deal with either the anger or the "physiological" components underlying the addictive behavior. Our program corrects this oversight by dealing with both.

By addressing the physiological components of the addiction, our substance-dependent clients are better enabled to address the behavioral and psycho/social components of their addiction, and thus, are able to enhance (and accelerate ) their progress through the various stages of recovery. In conjunction with The Hythiam Corporation and their PROMETA treatment protocol for alcohol and cocaine dependence, we offer individuals seeking effective treatment for substance abuse a complete program that truly address the "whole" problem and it's solution.

PROMETA is a non-addictive, medically-based treatment approach provided by trained physicians. The PROMETA/Anger Management Protocol provides discreet treatment for you (or a member of your family) and requires only 2-3 consecutive, daily office visits of about 2 hours each and 1 month of prescription medications. This makes our program especially convenient for those unwilling or unable to commit to a traditional 30-60 day residential program.

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for more information about our Substance Abuse Treatment Program
or to make an appointment for treatment, contact or email us at:
leonard@angermgmt.com or call 773-343-8538