by Marty Brenner
Drugs and anger share an intimate relationship. Anger is closely associated with addiction; it is very possible to become addicted to rage and illicit drugs simultaneously. Anger might exhilarate you like cocaine. Anger also gives you a sense of being more powerful, more attuned with higher powers of thinking, just like taking LSD or other hallucinatory drugs. Chronic anger can actually sedate and depress you in the same way as taking depressant drugs.
Painful and traumatic events are extremely difficult to deal with. A soldier returning from combat, for example, or an adult who was molested as a child has justifiable but often hidden anger issues. Your pain may be overwhelming, rendering you unable to control your anger. You learn to take drugs as a way of medicating yourself. Marijuana is one of the more popular depressants on the black market today, admired for its ability to mellow you out.
Cocaine and other stimulants are highly associated with irritability and impulsive behavior. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicates that 40 percent of frequent cocaine users reported engaging in some type of violent or aggressive behavior. Long-term use of these drugs can result in changes in your personality and can even lead to psychotic behavior.
Some drugs are attractive because they fill you with a sense of power and strength, just as anger does, during those times in your life when you feel weak and powerless against strong negative forces. Drugs make you feel good when everything else seems lousy and hopeless. Drugs give you the comfort that real life denies you.
Drugs are a poor way to deal with your anger, and drug use often has a negative impact on your life and will actually cause you to become more hostile. For example, you may feel frustrated at your boss but are financially bound to stay at your job because you owe a lot of money. Initially, drugs help you contain your emotions – you would party all night as a way of venting your unpleasant emotions. Unfortunately, you do an increasingly poor job at work because you are too strung out and exhausted to function. Soon, you prefer to call in sick and do drugs rather than face your boss. Eventually, you get fired for not showing up at work and your creditors sue you for back payments. You lose your house, your family disowns you and you can’t find another job because your ex-boss tells everyone you are a junkie.
While anger and addiction might share a common cause and therefore benefit from concurrent therapies, it is often more useful to seek treatment for the chemical dependency first so you can think clearly while addressing the root cause of your anger. Once you have freed yourself from drugs, your suppressed emotions may rise to the surface. You might even experience an episode of extreme anger once your emotions are uninhibited by drug abuse and you recall, in livid detail, the pain that had driven you to substance abuse in the first place.
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 Delray Beach, Florida.
Marty is an excellent resource with in-depth knowledge of all of the current trends in the substance abuse and mental health treatment fields, as well as individual options for successful recovery outcomes.
Today, residential facilities simply aren’t an option for many 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. Marty is very kind and caring.
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.
- Anger and Relationships General Overview and Differences
- Anger Complications
- Anger in the Workplace
- Anger Styles