Services: Alcohol & Drug Addiction
By Marty Brenner, C.C.D.C. #104227
There’s probably no person living who has not at some time or another, experienced severe negative emotions. When these feelings of anger happen again and again, however, and seem to be beyond the individual’s control, they are in fact an addiction. And, when this addiction moves to rage, it is an condition that must be addressed, for the good health of the individual and everyone around him.
Anger is not always negative; it can be channeled into positive achievements. If a particular social condition arouses negative emotions in you, this can motivate you to take the steps necessary to do something about it. Rage, on the other hand, is purely negative, and has absolute no positive aspects. When it becomes a dependency, recurring again and again, it can be destructive to relationships and to personal well-being. Click here to read more »
By Marty Brenner, C.C.D.C. #104227
It seems that hardly a day goes by that we don’t read of some celebrity engaging in destructive activity; from drunken driving to barroom brawls. Beyond what this says about the individual engaging in this activity, many sports and entertainment personalities, whether they wish it or not, are role models for today’s youth. Young people often emulate the styles and actions of their role models including, unfortunately, those that have to be categorized as anti-social or dysfunctional.
Outbursts of negative, destructive actions are often a cry for help and attention from the malefactor, indicating some unmet need in the person’s life, or a reaction to a situation which the individual feels is out of personal control. The outbursts often give momentary feelings of relief, but this is transitory, and more often than not leads to feelings of guilt and anger. When engaged in again and again, it is addictive behavior which needs treatment if it is to be brought under control. While there have been instances of authorities stepping in to deal with celebrity misbehavior, more often than not, such actions go unsanctioned. This often leads the individual to ratchet up the actions and develop a feeling of privilege. Click here to read more »
by Marty Brenner, CCDC
Depression, anxiety and chronic anger can have a devastating impact on a relationship, even destroying them. Aggressive behavior can have a negative spin on our efforts to communicate, leading to further misunderstanding and angry feelings. When alcohol and/or drugs are added into the mix it becomes worse.
People who have a tendency to become upset and further act out those feelings, often become more aggressive when they’ve had alcohol or other substances. In a research study involving a number of male social drinkers, in which some were given different amounts of alcohol, while some were not allowed any alcohol. It was discovered that those with alcohol in their system, tended to be more aggressive. Addictive substances such as, alcohol, have shown to fuel destructive rages, allowing addicts to express their angry feelings in abusive ways. It can also lead to unwanted or overpowering feelings of need or unfulfilled desires. Click here to read more »
Why Do We Notice When Addicts Have Multiple Addictions?
By Marty Brenner CCDC
Because They Often Lash Out!
Coping with addiction presents significant challenges for anyone; dealing with multiple addictions presents often seemingly insurmountable problems for the addicted, their families and everyone around them.
The factors that make people susceptible to one addiction, unfortunately, open them to other addictions as well, and one of the maladies that those suffering from multiple addictions manifest is anger or rage addiction. Along with treatment to mitigate other addictions, anger addiction rehab is often necessary to help addicts change their lives. Click here to read more »
For a good example of an emotional and career meltdown fueled by a combination of stress and anger, there’s no better current example than the professional ‘suicide’ committed by actor Charlie Sheen. Sheen’s February 24 rant on radio against Chuck Lorre, creator of the popular TV show “Two and a Half Men”, and nominally his boss, was the bridge too far, causing his attorney to receive an 11-page termination letter for the mercurial star.
A High Performing Family is Perhaps a Source of Stress
Born Carlos Irwin Estevez on September 3, 1965, the youngest son of actor Martin Sheen, whose real name is Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez, he anglicized his first name and adopted his father’s stage name. Sheen’s father, son of an Irish mother and a Spanish father, took the stage name Sheen in order to get acting parts, often denied ethnic performers. Sheen comes from a family of actors, beginning with his father, and his siblings, Emilio, Ramon and Renee, who all perform under their real name, Estevez.
Signs of Instability Have Been Evident for a Long Time
Charlie Sheen’s personal life has been long marked with signs of an inability to control personal emotions. In 1990, for instance, he accidentally shot his fiancée, Kelly Preston in the arm. He has also been linked with a number of pornographic film actresses. He reportedly suffers from a serious drug addiction, and while on probation for a drug offense in 1998, had to be admitted to a hospital for a cocaine overdose. Sheen also has a record of physical and verbal abuse of spouses, and has been sentenced by the court to undergo anger management classes. Click here to read more »
Are doctors responsible?
Each year in the United States, approximately seven million people will use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, and of that number, nearly 10% will obtain and use these drugs illegally. In a 1998 study, 1.6 million people reported using prescription drugs non-medically at least once. In 2006, 7.0 million people, or 2.8% of the U.S. population abused one or more prescription medications.
Misuse of prescription medications has become a serious health problem in the U.S., leading heroin and cocaine as the cause of death from overdose in 2008.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs are:
- Painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin
- Tranquilizers or depressants like Valium and Xanax
- Stimulants like Ritalin
Addiction to prescription drugs usually follows some illness or injury for which the drug is prescribed. The patient, once addicted, finds himself in need of the drug long after the original illness has subsided, and can suffer severe withdrawal pain and discomfort when it is not available. Abusers often take cocktails of two or more medications, or drugs in combination with alcohol, sometimes with fatal consequences as in the case of actor Heath Ledger. Click here to read more »