To handle anger in a healthy, healing way is one of the goals of my practice. I have developed strategies to channel anger into healthy, productive behavior.
The problem with many is that anger, hostility, and aggression are often confused with one another.
In reality, what my clients come to learn is that anger is a healthy emotion that needs to be expressed freely, but therapeutically.
Anger is a feeling that needs to be vented by itself without hostility or aggression.
No one deserves violent, raging behavior.
Anger management enables us to function assertively and rationally when anger comes up, with the ability to protect our rights and express our needs when we feel violated.
Anger Addicts and Rage-aholics
The most recent studies on human behavior has demonstrated that human beings can be as addicted to different emotions, as they are substances and other behaviors, hence the term “anger addicts” or “rage-aholics“.
Most anger addicts are unwilling to face the true depth of their problem.
In the parlance of the recovery movement, they live in the middle of a river in Egypt called “De-Nial.”
Their tendency to blame others for their outbursts and to minimize the seriousness of the damage they are causing makes it difficult to motivate them to work for lasting change.
The goal of my anger management counseling will be to totally immerse participants enough so that they may confront denial, accept responsibility for controlling their anger, become fully fluent in the Anger Management concepts, and gain intensive hands-on experience in applying these concepts in their own lives.
Anger addicts can change, given the proper motivation, tools and strategies.
My intention is to provide a step-by-step process that will help them to control their anger and begin to change their anger patterns.
Anger & Substance Abuse
Substance use and abuse often coexist with anger and violence.
Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, for example, indicated that 40 percent of frequent cocaine users reported engaging in some form of violent behavior.
Anger and violence often can have a causal role in the initiation of drug and alcohol use and can also be a consequence associated with substance abuse.
Individuals who experience traumatic events, for example, often experience anger and act violently, as well as abuse drugs or alcohol.
Clinicians often see how anger and violence and substance use are linked. Many substance abuse and mental health clients are victims of traumatic life events, which, in turn, lead to substance use, anger, and violence.
Despite the connection of anger and violence to substance abuse, few treatments have been developed to address anger and violence problems among people who abuse substances.
Marty has been providing guidance and counseling for the last 20 years to a wide and diverse range of people.
Individuals challenged with various addictions including but not limited to – substance abuse, alcohol, and anger.
Marty is a certified chemical dependency counselor and anger management facilitator.
Affectionately known as “Marty”, he has positively influenced and helped reshape the lives of many people in recovery, ranging from ex-cons to his high profile clients in the Beverly Hills, Malibu and Los Angeles areas.
Marty is an excellent resource with indepth knowledge of current trends in the substance abuse and mental health treatment fields, as well as individual options for successful recovery.
Today, residential facilities simply aren’t an option for clients with busy work schedules and travel conflicts, which is why Marty tailors programs to meet the needs of these clients, whether it be in his office or a location of their choosing.
His approach is casual and non-threatening.
As you know, it is difficult to convince clients that anger management or substance abuse treatment is critical. Career commitments, privacy, reputation and other concerns may conflict in making treatment the priority it should be.
It is Marty’s primary goal to help people rebuild lives using tried and true techniques.