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Marci H: Anger Management Paved the Road to Sobriety

marci still 1 -thumb-350x196-26213On July 21, 2009 MBRC Counselor Ellery Holesapple waited for Marci outside the Alaska Air baggage claim at LAX. And waited. And waited.

Finally he called to report Marci must have missed the plane. No, we said, her husband had just heard from her.

“She walked right past me waiting for her with a sign that had her name printed on it,” recalls Ellery four and a half years later. “When I reached her by phone she stated she tried to score crack from the guy on the island (where people wait for shuttles) at LAX. It took another 15-20 minutes talking with her on the phone before she would tell me where she was.
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Don’t Let Anxiety and Fear Keep You From Getting Help Dealing With Anger Addiction

By Marty Brenner, C.C.D.C. #104227

anxThere’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 »

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Untreated Bad Behavior by Celebrities Not Good For Our Children

By Marty Brenner, C.C.D.C. #104227

Anger Management Beverly HillsIt 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 »

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Drug Addiction

by Marty Brenner

prescription_250x251Anger often precedes drug addiction. Anger is the underlying source for many substance abuse problems, although many addicts are unaware of the connection between anger and drug addiction. Both anger and drugs are highly addictive because they help you hide from the pain of a cruel and unfair world. Together, anger and drug addiction are a potent recipe for disaster.

Anger is a natural reaction to pain whereas drugs are a chemical response. Self-preservation is a necessary human instinct – our brains and bodies are wired to move ourselves from a state of pain or fear to one of comfort and safety. When we are in mortal danger, anger gives us the emotional and physical power to fight back against that entity causing us discomfort. Drugs, on the other hand, numb you to the pain existing deep inside. Drugs do not resolve your anger; they merely allow you to shove your feelings deeper inside.
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Why the Use of Drugs and Alcohol Will Cause Anger

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 »

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