Anger management is the process of learning to identify signs that you’re becoming angry, and learning corrective actions to either calm down or quickly de-escalate your feelings of anger. The goal is to learn how to deal you’re your anger in a positive way. Anger is a normally occurring feeling. The purpose of anger management is not to hold in the feeling or to learn how to not have a normally occurring feeling. The goal is to learn how to address it appropriately minimize the amount of displaced anger on those around us and to allow the anger to negatively impact ones judgment or decision making process.
In drug and alcohol treatment, it is important for clients to learn emotional regulations skills. Anger management is an important one to focus on during treatment. When getting sober, our young adult men experience a whirlwind of emotions. After years of drug and alcohol use, it is difficult to deal with feelings and emotions. The feelings hit like a ton of bricks. Sometimes without little warning or cause. It can be a beautiful, powerful, inspired time for them at one moment. The next moment it can be scary and infuriating. Anger management skills are so important because they can be the difference between an upsetting and trying group and leaving treatment abruptly. They can be the difference between staying having a bad day at work and asking for help or getting drunk or using after a bad day at work.
Our staff puts a great importance on learning to live with our emotions and how to handle them appropriately. When our young men learn to appropriately address their anger and other feelings, they can utilize therapeutic tools to make healthy decisions for their selves. Our clients participate in a weekly anger management group as well as a weekly emotional regulations group.
“Anger is just anger. It isn’t good. It isn’t bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It’s like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice.” – Jim Butcher, White Night