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.

Anger Addiction as A Coping Mechanism For Feelings of Inadequacy

The anger addiction cycle often starts with feelings of helplessness or bad feeling because the addict¹s needs are not being met, making him feel abused or neglected.  Efforts to repair what’s wrong don’t work causing anxiety and emotional pain, which leads to anger that builds until the addict feels his life spinning out of control.

This can lead to an explosion of angry emotion that provides temporary relief of the stress, but unless the underlying causes are addressed, anger recurs.

Anger Addiction is Often Manifested in Those With Multiple Addictions

Anger addiction imposes as much of a burden on the addict¹s loved ones as the addict herself. The feelings of guilt that come from the pain an addict inflicts on those around her, can exacerbate the problem, which sometimes result in the addict shifting blame on her victims. Unfortunately, this does nothing to solve the problem; in fact, it only worsens it.

Anger addiction rehab can help those with multiple addictions regain control of their lives and have a normal existence. In addition to the treatments to deal with other addictions, breaking the cycle of anger addiction can be done in the following ways:

  • Identify and find ways to meet those unmet needs:
    Every anger addict is at heart a lonely, frightened child, huddling in a dark corner afraid of the boogey man in the closet.  Learn to face the boogey man and nurture that inner child.
  • Identify the thought processes and behaviors that maintain the addiction:
    Your anger management counselor can help you zero in on the things you thinkand do that reinforce or trigger bouts of anger and rage.
  • Give yourself a break:
    Take a look at your diet, exercise and sleep habits. A few changes here and there can improve your physiological state, which can lead to an improved mental and emotional state. A good long, vigorous walk in a park or in the woods will do wonders. So will a vigorous workout. When you’re sweating to do that twentieth pushup, it’s hard to think about being angry. The sounds and sights in a nice woody glade can soothe even the most savage beast within you. Consider meditation as a way of channeling stress and anger into positive paths.
  • Find positive ways to release anger:
    One way to break the anger addiction cycle is to focus your anger on getting things done rather than striking out at others. Something as simple as organizing your closets and throwing out useless junk, or even better, donating old items to the needy, can burn off a lot of the negative psychic energy that feeds your rage.

Manage Anger, Don’t Let it Manage You

Anger addiction is often overlooked in multiple addicts because it¹s not seen as the principle addiction. It is also often left untreated. For long-term good health, mental, emotional and physical, anger addiction rehab should be an integral part of any addiction mitigation program.


Marty Brenner CCDC

I specialize in Anger Management classes, Domestic violence counseling, Alcohol Addiction, Drug Addiction, Life Skill development, Problem Solving skills, Coordinator Support, Relapse Prevention, Risk Management, Interpersonal communication skills.

I work with Individuals challenged with various addictions including but not limited to – substance abuse, alcohol, and anger.

I am a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and Anger Management Specialist II.

If you or a family member or someone who you know is in trouble with substance abuse or anger, we can work together to determine what the best course of action to take on behalf of you and that individual who is seeking help.

I can help, call me when you need to talk: 213-500-8865 and for more information about me and my practice visit my web site at www.talktomartyb.com.

Marty Brenner | ADP APPROVED Certification #104227
Court Approved Individual Sessions
Anger Management Specialist 11| Domestic Violence | Diversion (pc1000)
2950 Florida Blvd.,
delray Beach, FL 33483
Phone: 213.500.8865
Fax: 310.273.1010
Email: marty@talktomartyb.com

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