Anger Management Treatment in San Diego
Feeling angry or irritated occasionally is not unusual, especially when you are stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, worried, or even sad. However, anger becomes unhealthy when you feel angry all the time, it is difficult to calm down or control your anger, or you lash out. Difficulties controlling anger can have a negative impact on multiple areas of your life and relationships. Finding yourself constantly at odds with family, friends, and co-workers can create a whirlwind of emotions. Thus, seeking support with anger management treatment can help you learn how to manage your anger for your long-term well-being.
Strained relationships at home and work, and even constant conflicts with strangers throughout your day, can leave you feeling isolated and alone. It is understandably frustrating when you feel like you are not in control of your emotions or actions. At Sober Life, we know how difficult it can be to find support when you do not know what options are available for you. We believe in providing individualized care that provides support that meets your specific needs.
Addressing Anger Management
Feeling angry sometimes is not an inherently bad emotion. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, anger can have many benefits for physical and emotional safety. Anger can help engage your fight or flight response and give you enough energy to respond to threats like an attack or disaster. Moreover, anger can help you recognize and address issues in your life or society, like social injustice.
However, when left unaddressed, anger can negatively impact your relationships and well-being. As Medline Plus notes, some of the challenges of excess anger include:
- Heart issues
- High blood pressure
- Digestive issues
- Sleep issues
- Mental health disorders
Thinking about the harm your anger can cause can feel daunting and even confusing. It may be difficult to recognize that your anger is out of control. You may not see your anger as a problem if you grew up with unhealthy examples of expressed anger. However, with anger management treatment, you can learn how to manage your anger and build a fulfilling life.
Finding Anger Management Treatment at Sober Life
Anger management treatment is not an attempt to suppress or eliminate anger. Experiencing emotions that are typically perceived as negative, like anger, irritation, and sadness, is just as important for your well-being as happiness, hope, and satisfaction. The distinction between healthy and unhealthy anger is expression.
Everyone experiences and expresses emotions in different ways. Therefore, anger management treatment should not be based on a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. You deserve an approach to anger management treatment that addresses your specific needs. Through a holistic approach to care, we provide treatment that considers how every part of your life has impacted you.
We know the hustle and bustle of life can make it difficult to prioritize your well-being. Thus, we are committed to providing flexible and comprehensive treatment that fits into your life. With our HealthyU program, you can find mental and emotional support that meets you where you are on your journey. When you have access to whole-person care, you can truly start building tools to live your best life.
Discovering Your Path to Recovery
Stress is a part of life, and anger is one of the many emotions people respond with. Therefore, your challenges with anger can stem from a variety of experiences in your life. As SAMHSA states, anger is often a reflection of your interpretation of an event. Everyday events like missing your bus or being put on hold with your bank for 40 minutes can provoke anger.
However, you can also encounter specific events that provoke anger because they remind you of sensitive experiences from your life. The memory or feeling associated with those sensitive experiences is a reflection of longstanding issues that you have not dealt with. For example, if you were a slow learner in school, you may still carry insecurities about it into adulthood. Therefore, you may be more quick to anger if someone criticizes or judges you for not immediately understanding something.
You deserve flexible and customizable support that gives you the space to address your specific experiences. At Sober Life, we are committed to providing holistic care for mental health and substance use services to support whole-person healing.
Mental Health Recovery Approach
Difficulties managing your anger increase your risk for mental, social, and substance misuse issues. The amount of stress uncontrolled anger puts on your body and mind makes it more difficult to think rationally. When your ability to process your thoughts and feelings is disrupted by anger, you respond in unhealthy ways. You are more likely to be aggressive towards others and seek out substances like alcohol in an attempt to manage your emotions.
Uncontrolled anger, coupled with mental health disorders, contributes to the erosion of your relationships and the stifling of career opportunities and other life goals. Through our HealthyU program, we are dedicated to providing holistic and resilience-focused anger management treatment to address co-occurring conditions. Some of the treatment options we offer include:
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Hybrid IOP
- Virtual group IOP
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Veteran IOP
- Holistic activities
Addiction Recovery Approach
At Sober Life, we know there is an intersecting relationship between psychological difficulties and substance use disorder (SUD). Therefore, we believe it is important to offer levels of care that meet your specific needs for healing. While there are a variety of factors that can contribute to anger management issues, anger issues are often a reflection of unaddressed experiences. When distressing experiences and emotions are left unaddressed, you are more likely to build unhealthy coping strategies like aggression and substance misuse.
Finding holistic support for anger management treatment allows you to address the roots of your anger issues. When you can address the roots of your anger, you can learn how to deepen your resilience to harmful behaviors. With more self-understanding, you can build healthy coping skills for your long-term well-being. Listed below are some of the addiction services available to support long-term healing:
- Outpatient Detoxification
- Virtual IOP
- Adolescent IOP
- Veteran IOP
Whether you have co-occurring conditions or not, anger management treatment can help you build a fulfilling life.
Benefits of Anger Management Treatment in a Healing Space
Balancing your well-being, your relationships, and work or school can feel impossible. When you have so many other things in your life to take care of, it is easy to put addressing anger issues on the back burner. At Sober Life, we know the pressures and stressors from work, school, and your family are a part of life. Therefore, we have fostered a healing setting in Downtown San Diego, where you can find anger management treatment that fits your life.
Our commitment to a casual, community-driven environment gives you the space to build tools for healing in real time. At Sober Life, we believe everyone deserves access to affordable treatment that teaches you healthy coping skills you can use throughout your life in recovery. You can find support and community for your long-term healing in the vibrant Little Italy district.
Addressing the Importance of Anger Management Treatment
When you have uncontrolled anger, it is easy to get caught up in the misconception that your excessive anger benefits you. For example, it might feel good at the moment to intimidate a co-worker who you feel is not pulling their weight on a project. However, the long-term consequences of uncontrolled anger deprive you of a fulfilling life as it creates a ripple effect of destruction:
- Alienate loved ones
- Sow mistrust, resentment, and fear
Moreover, there are many myths about anger:
- Short tempers are inherited and unchangeable
- You have to be aggressive to get things
- Expressions of anger are a learned behavior
- People confuse aggression and assertiveness
- Aggression is domination and intimidation to get what you want
- Assertiveness is expressing feelings of anger while respecting others
Thus, anger management treatment is about recognizing your anger and expressing it in healthier ways. Without treatment, you lose out on building a healthy life filled with meaningful and mutually supportive relationships. Although taking that first step toward anger management treatment is scary, you deserve the opportunity for lifelong connections and long-term healing.
To take that first step toward anger management treatment, visit our Get Help page today.