As an addict in recovery, the most important thing to remember about recovery is this one mantra: What you do after you leave drug rehab is just as important as what you accomplish during rehab.
Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that, in 2009, 23.5 million people in the United States older than 12 years old needed treatment for a drug or alcohol abuse problem¬ — or 9.3% of this population. Sadly, just 2.6 million of these people, or 11.2% of those who needed treatment, actually went on to receive it at a specialized rehab facility.
Meanwhile, SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set from 2008 showed that alcohol abuse treatment accounted for 41.4% of treatment admissions. With respect to drug-related admissions, heroin and other opiates comprised the largest percentage of admissions (20%), while marijuana accounted for 17%.
Both anger issues and substance abuse can wreak havoc on your entire life, from work relationships to family life and your social circles. Oftentimes, people won’t seek help until they hit rock bottom or receive an ultimatum from their family or employer. Drug and alcohol addiction can lead to domestic abuse, verbal anger and erratic behavior, causing loved ones to fear for your well-being, as well as their own safety. It can be especially hard to repair relationships after things become violent. People may become afraid of you and avoid you altogether.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the signs of anger problems, and how that might play out when drugs are part of the equation. Additionally, we’ll explore some drug-free ways to ease feelings of anger as they emerge and channel that energy through positive outlets.
Defining Dysfunctional Anger
Anger goes well beyond feeling upset about the usual things, like getting passed up for a promotion, being undermined by a colleague, or feeling frustrated by a spouse that won’t pull their weight around the house.
On the road to recovery, you may be faced with constant sources of temptation and multiple reasons to return to your habit — but you’ve got to be strong. If you aren’t sure how to deal with drug cravings or urges for alcohol, here are three practical ways to win the battle:
1. Keep Yourself Occupied
Boredom is one of the worst things you’ll face when attempting to beat your addiction. Boredom can easily leave you vulnerable to temptation. If you keep yourself busy for the majority of the time, however, you’ll be less inclined to think about using. In turn, you’ll be less likely to succumb to the appeal of drugs or alcohol.
Try the following to keep yourself occupied:
- Take up an exercise class where you’ll be surrounded by health-conscious people.
- Donate your time to those less fortunate. As you turn your focus toward others, you’ll be humbled but graced by your ability to help.
Driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs is illegal everywhere in the civilized world. It’s known under different labels — DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while impaired), ID (impaired driving) and DD (drunk driving). Whatever the term, DUI consequences can be devastating, and the cost of drunk driving can be far higher than most people realize.
DUI statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that an average of 28 people die every day in America as the result of drunk driving crashes and that roughly one in three people will be involved in a DUI incident at some point in their lives. Most will be a victim of drunk driving.
Lives are forever altered by people who drive while under the influence. MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, reported that 10,839 people died in 2009 in alcohol-related vehicle incidents — that’s one every fifty minutes — and the rate keeps increasing each year.