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Managing Feelings of Anger in Recovery

Anger can easily overtake our ability to make healthy decisions. When confronted with a situation that bothers us, we are at risk of making our problems worse with an immediate and negative reaction. Anger can cause us to fall victim to a host of negative feelings that overwhelm us and can cause us to seek relief from our emotions in drugs and alcohol. If we can manage our anger, however, we will be able to respond to distressing situations with sound decision making and continue on the rewarding journey of recovery.

Acting on our feelings of anger hurts us ad much as the person to whom our anger is directed. According to the American Psychological Association, “Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.” We can learn to manage our anger and keep ourselves from making negative emotionally-based decisions by engaging in a program of recovery.

Acceptance of situations that used to anger us can be a great practice for managing our strong emotions. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy.” By choosing to accept a distressing situation, we are less likely to fall victim to strong, immediate emotional reactions. Instead, we can make the decision to accept the situation as it is and respond in a way that will bring about the best possible outcome for ourselves and others.

Your life can become one of serenity and peace of mind in sobriety. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by choosing to reach out for help today. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialist, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to help you develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431