Anger is an unavoidable part of life. Even calm, happy, positive people find themselves overtaken by anger from time to time, even if the sentiment is fleeting. However, some people struggle to cope with these feelings of rage and hurt, leading to irrational behavior like swearing, screaming, or intentionally hurting others.
As a Christian, confronting an inability to manage anger can be both confusing and frustrating. After all, the Bible teaches kindness and love while eschewing the pitfalls of dangerous emotions. James 1:19-20 tells us "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." Letting anger take over can feel like directly contradicting God's teachings, and these feelings can be exacerbated when self-help fails to trigger the results you wish to see.
However, there's no need to suffer alone. If your anger is contributing to damaging conditions like drug abuse or addiction, Road to Freedom is here to help you move forward. Please call today at (844) 402-3605.
What Are Anger Management Issues?
Anger management issues refer to any complications in life that involve an inability to adequately manage anger. Most people can move past anger quickly and can keep emotions in check while handling stressful or unpleasant situations, but those with an anger management problem may be unable to think about anything besides feelings of anger, explode inappropriately in public places, and let feelings of anger lead to irrational and damaging effects. For example, a mishandled situation at work frustrates most people, but someone struggling to control anger may yell at their bosses or coworkers, storm around the office, slam doors, and insult responsible parties, threatening ongoing employment.
Anger issues aren't always known to those who experience them. Many who struggle to control anger are in denial about the severity of coping mechanisms and may take retaliatory behavior against those who attempt to intervene. Despite this, anger is an issue for approximately one in five Americans and approximately one in 10 Americans have both an anger issue and access to firearms.
Anger management is a broad term that refers to many conditions related to anger. These include:
- Chronic anger, or prolonged feelings of stress and rage
- Passive anger, which doesn't often manifest in a pronounced way and thus can be hard to diagnose
- Overwhelmed anger, in which individuals are perpetually angry due to the demands of life
- Self-inflicted anger, a condition often tied to low self-esteem in which an individual is angry at himself
- Volatile anger, a form of anger issue that leads to extreme and explosive outbursts
- Judgmental anger, a form of anger directed specifically at others that many come with resentment or inappropriate social behavior
Causes of Anger Management
Problems with anger management can arise in many different ways, and there's no one clear-cut cause for all affected patients. In some cases, anger may be genetic or inherent, as children often show signs of anger problems early in life. In others, it is taught; children watch their parents handle situations with rage and fury and respond accordingly. Abuse as a child can contribute, too, as children lack the emotional processes to adequately handle negative feelings.
Biology plays a role as well; how hormones and chemicals interact within the body can have a significant impact on the ability to control emotions. For example, if the brain doesn't process serotonin normally, individuals may be more prone to emotional behavior.
For some, however, anger is environmental. High pressure situations, like a stressful job or a strained relationship, can lead to a reduced inability to cope with anxiety and stress. As these kinds of demanding experiences accelerate, individuals may begin to lash out in response.
Signs of Anger Issues
Unlike some forms of emotional struggles that can be hard to detect from the outside, anger management is slightly easier to diagnose. As symptoms tend to show themselves in public or while around family and friends, it's often clear to others, even if an affected individual is not yet aware.
Common signs of anger management issues include:
- Yelling, screaming, or tantrums over relatively minor issues
- Property damage
- Reckless behavior
- Aggressive driving and road rage
- Ongoing difficulties interacting with others
- An inability to experience normal life events without outbursts
- Trouble expressing internal thoughts and feelings
- Refusing to accept blame
In addition to outward signs, those suffering with ongoing anger may also notice physical symptoms, including:
- Tingling in the extremities
- Heart palpitations or increased pulse rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Headaches or migraines
- Pressure in the head or sinuses
Why Treatment Matters
Uncontrolled anger may not seem like such a big deal, but without treatment, patients are increasingly likely to pose a threat to themselves and others. Individuals unable to control anger are likely to let problems continue to spiral, leading to increased likelihood of:
- Legal problems
- Assault and physical danger
- Job loss
- Relationship challenges
- Development of co-occurring disorders
- Loss of reputation and trust
Anger can be very damaging to physical health over time. Maintaining an angry state isn't good for the body, driving up blood pressure, putting stress on the heart, and even causing ulcers. Furthermore, anger affects emotional health as well. Too much time spent angry can lead to depression, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders, like addiction.
For those with uncontrolled anger disorders, coping can feel virtually impossible. No matter the effort invested in overcoming feelings of anger, the rage continues to build. In response, many individuals with anger issues turn to drugs or alcohol in order to self-treat problems. Unfortunately, this is not an effective strategy. The changes brought about by substance use can actually exacerbate anger issues rather than improving the situation, leading to a downward trajectory that often results in addiction. In fact, Alcoholics Anonymous identifies anger as a key trigger for relapse. Studies also indicate that alcohol and drug users tend to be angrier than normal populations, creating a negative cycle of cause and effect that can be hard to overcome.
Anger can also lead to other mental health issues, like depression and anxiety. As anger builds, individuals are likely to feel sad, stressed, or frustrated with the role anger plays in their lives, creating a propensity for further emotional instability.
Christian Treatment for Anger Management
When anger becomes too much to bear, help is here. Road to Freedom is a Christ-centered approach to rehabilitation that can address substance abuse disorders as well as co-occurring conditions like anger management issues.
Addiction and rage can stand in the way of your faith, threatening your relationship with God and harming your ability to live a life free of sin. We use a holistic, whole-body approach to care, working to treat your mind, body, and spirit to encourage overall health. From trained mental health professionals to faith leaders, we can provide you with the strength, support, and compassion you deserve to get clean and stay clean.
Common Anger Management Treatments
Numerous psychological treatments exist for anger management that can help alleviate the challenges caused by excessive rage. Most of these opportunities rely on a combination of enhanced coping mechanisms and increased relaxation and mindfulness, working to both reduce feelings of anger and suppress outbursts.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is frequently used for anger management treatment. Other options include breathing exercises, a focus on problem-solving skills, the use of humor to overcome personal failings, and group anger management classes. In extreme cases, anti-anxiety medications may be suggested.
Due to the numerous forms of anger disorders and the varying causes, not all approaches will be right for everyone. Prior to moving forward, Road to Freedom therapists will work with you to identify the causes of your anger and the ways in which your anger manifests to help determine the best course of action.
How Christian Counselors Can Help
"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires." - James 1:19-20
When anger and addiction are threatening your health, happiness, and well-being, Road to Freedom can help you find the right treatment for you. We combine both medical resources, like trained therapists, with Bible study, worship groups, faith-based counselors, and church services to help you move forward with confidence.
Our team will customize anger management and addiction therapies to your needs, helping to target the root causes of anger and abuse and redirecting energies in a positive way. From coping methods to relaxation techniques, we can minimize your feelings of anger while reducing the urge to self-soothe with drugs and alcohol.
Live Your Fullest Life
With help from Road to Freedom and the guidance provided by the Lord's word, there's no reason to live with the devastating effects of anger and addiction. As a Christian rehabilitation center, we are devoted to helping you with the emotional issues that accompany substance abuse, ensuring you have access to the resources necessary to live a life dedicated to God.
If you are looking for a way to strengthen your relationship with Christ while overcoming the pitfalls of addiction, no one can assist you like Road to Freedom. Please contact us today at (844) 402-3605 to speak to a member of our intake team.