Addiction recovery almost always involves dealing with anger. Anger may be directed at oneself, at specific people, or society as a whole. Without learning to process anger in a constructive manner, a person with an addiction cannot move forward in recovery.
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Perhaps the biggest reason that anger must be dealt with during addiction recovery is that anger is strongly tied to relapse. Whether you hold anger inside or lash out at others, if it is not dealt with properly, numerous roadblocks can stand in the way of moving forward with your recovery. Unprocessed anger can result in further legal problems, more serious physical health problems, and general de-celeration of the process of working a recovery program.
What comes first to mind?
Why is anger bad for your recovery?
When is anger good?
When do you know when anger is good?
When you were new, what were you most angry about?
How did anger play a role in your addiction?
Today, what makes you angry?
How does the program help with your anger?
What is usually the underlying emotion when you are angry?
How do you deal with “good” anger?
What triggers anger in you?
How do the following most trigger your anger?
Feeling being taken advantage of
Feelings of being treated unfairly
What recovery tools help?
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We asked our listeners,
“What triggers anger for you?”
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What would be your answer?
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Have you ever been angry with:
Your home group
Do you use any of the following tools:
Connecting with nature
Writing in a journal
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