Why Can’t I Just Slow Down My Drinking and Agree To Go To Anger Management Counseling?
For some, drinking seems to go hand in hand with anger. The fact of the matter is, alcohol abuse can lead to anger management problems and the anger can be the underlying issue behind the drinking. The cycle is unpleasant for everyone involved. When people who have anger management issues drink, the problem is exacerbated. If this is what is going on with you, you may want to fix the problem but you do not want to stop drinking. You want to know why can’t you just slow down the drinking and go to anger management counseling instead of going to alcohol treatment.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
It is important to know if you have an addiction to alcohol to know if you need to seek professional help for your problem. There are certain signs or symptoms of alcohol abuse that will help you determine whether or not you should seek treatment to stop drinking. You could have a problem if:
• You feel ashamed of your drinking
• You experience blackouts or forget what happened while you were drinking
• You often drink more than you intended to
• You have been approached by family or friends with concerns about your drinking
• You lie about or hide your drinking
• You neglect your responsibilities due to drinking such as missing work, failing classes, etc.
• You find you need a drink to relax
If you relate to these signs, you should seek treatment for alcoholism – it is not enough to just “slow down” on your drinking. It may seem like an easy thing to do, but the problem with alcohol abuse is that it is not within your control. When you put anger management issues in the mix, it is not a good combination for anyone.
Going to Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
When going to alcohol rehab, you will first have to go through the process of detox to get the alcohol out of your system. You may experience unpleasant symptoms but this is an important first step. You will then enter the treatment program where you will receive counseling, attend group meetings and learn many things about living sober and how to cope. You can seek counseling for your anger management problem during or after your treatment, but that will be an ongoing type of counseling that will help you learn to deal with angry feelings in a more positive manner.
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