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Learning to control anger management during addiction recovery

Anger is a natural human emotion – and we all experience it from time to time. It becomes concerning when we find ourselves becoming easily angered and when we react on that anger in unhealthy ways; many people in addiction recovery find that substances like alcohol or drugs either numb the anger or perpetuate it, and sometimes anger itself can feel like a double-edged sword. The Better Health Channel explains that anger triggers a person’s “fight-or-flight” response – stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline – are released, body temperature rises and the mind becomes focused.

When anger is used in healthy ways, it can be used to spark movements, inspire people and create major change – but when used unhealthily and when it’s felt too often, there are many physical harms that can take place:

  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Increased anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk for heart attack
  • And more

Some individuals are more prone to anger than others, and that can certainly place a person at greater risk for aggression. Dr. Howard Kassinove, an anger-expert, and psychologist, told the American Psychological Association (APA),

Physical expressions of anger, such as sulking, banging the desk or hitting the wall are learned by the forces of reinforcement and copying others.”

As we grow up, we may see adults around us acting on impulse – and this can also take effect into why it’s much easier for someone to display anger than others. Addiction recovery focuses on these types of concerns and provides individuals with healthier coping mechanisms – not to suppress anger, but to express it in healthy ways.

If you’re ready to take a stand for your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first. For more information, call 1-800-646-9998 today.

3 Holiday-Themed Meditations to Start Your Days off RightMeditation has been around for centuries and has been used by yogis, monks, spiritual teachers and more. In the United States, meditation has become increasingly popular over the past decade, as we’ve been discovering just how powerful this practice can be. There are some instances, however, when meditation is challenging; even the most well-practiced people may find themselves squirming in their seats, with thoughts racing back and forth and a seemingly uncontrollable ability to gently guide the mind back to the breath. When anger or fear is involved – mind you, two very real, very intense emotions – meditation can feel like the last option on the list of resolutions. Don’t overlook this practice so easily, however, because it brings more benefits than you may think.

In 2015, researchers from India published in the Online Journal of Multidisciplinary Research identified four stages of meditation that can dissipate the intensity of anger:

Stage 1: Physical relaxation
Stage 2: Independent mindfulness meditation
Stage 3: Guided meditation calling on inner voice
Stage 4: Connecting with inner voice

The authors note that mindfulness meditation helps us observe our thoughts non judgmentally. If we can connect with our inner voice, that inner guidance, that is telling us to simply view our thoughts with curiosity and nothing else, we take away their power. When we take away the intense meaning that we’ve attached to thoughts, the thoughts themselves become much less powerful. With time and practice, we can choose which thoughts are worth giving meaning to – and which ones we should consider “fluff”.

Alongside anger and fear come depression and anxiety, but meditation is a holistic practice that can ease many of these symptoms if practiced with dedication. A Croatian conference paper titled “Observing the Effects of Mindfulness-Based Meditation on Anxiety and Depression in Chronic Pain Patients” assessed quality of life for participants with anxiety and depression. For 8 weeks, three days a week for one hour, individuals were assessed on depression, anxiety, pain and global impression of change. The researchers found that even a year later, participants showed noticeable improvements in all of the issues listed – meditation isn’t a quick fix, but it’s a long term, viable practice that could completely change your life.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.


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