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The Connection between Alcoholism and Anger

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Did you know alcoholism and anger go together? For those suffering from alcoholism or addiction, do you want to let go of your self-defeating patterns and change your life for the better? If so, here’s something you might not have considered: connecting with your own buried anger.

In fact, dealing with your unexpressed anger is a powerful way to improve your mental and emotional health … immediately.

And you need to address your mental and emotional issues in order to fundamentally address why you use alcohol, opiates, or other substances.

Does this surprise you?

If so, you may have been operating under the common misconception that anger is always a harmful, negative force. However, anger actually serves a vital purpose in a healthy life.

Alcoholism and Anger: Anger is Not Always Bad

Your anger has powerful, important messages to share with you. When you learn to give your anger a voice, it can fuel your quest for personal transformation and free your from addiction.

Furthermore, when you heal the hurt that underlies your anger, you free yourself from the need to abuse alcohol or other substances. When you take away the pain that triggers your need to escape, the alcohol and drugs lose their purpose in your life.

Instead of feeling so much mental and emotional anguish that you need to get high to avoid it, you can feel calm, centered, and peaceful.

In this article, we explore the linkage between alcoholism and anger and other addictions. It's usually related to dual diagnosis - which is when you have a addiction along with a mental or emotional health issue. In the full article, you'll learn:

  • Why it’s so stressful to suppress your own emotions
  • How unexpressed anger erodes your mental health
  • Why your addiction may be a symptom of an untreated mental health issue
  • About the positive purpose of your anger (yes, there really is one!)
  • How anger fits into mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
  • About a powerful model that allows you to heal your hurt

Ready to Learn more?

Read the full article on BreakingTheCycles.com: CoOccurring Disorders and the Anger, Addiction and Recovery Connection

If you'd like to learn more about Dual Diagnosis, our FREE eBook, Dual Diagnosis: Healing the Root Causes of Addiction, is a great resource:


Joe Koelzer

This post was written by Joe Koelzer

Joe Koelzer is a co-founder of The Clearing. He has years of counseling experience and a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. After observing how depression and substance abuse impacted his wife’s life, Joe realized how broken our current system is for addiction and related mental health treatment. He witnessed firsthand how an evidence-based approach coupled with Spiritual Psychology saved Betsy and enabled her to gain control of her life. In co-founding The Clearing, Joe realizes his dream of creating and sharing this innovative approach with others in a structured clinical setting.

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