Session 4: The Aggression Cycle
Anger and substance use disorders often co-occur, increasing the risk for negative consequences such as physical aggression, self-harm, distressed relationships, loss of a job, or criminal justice involvement. Anger, violence, and associated traumatic stress can often correlate with the initiation of drug and alcohol use and can be a consequence of substance use. Individuals who experience traumatic events, for example, may experience anger and act violently, as well as misuse drugs or alcohol. Clinicians often see how anger and violence and substance use are linked (Shopshire & Reilly, 2013). Many clients with substance use and mental health issues experience traumatic life events, which, in turn, lead to substance use, anger, and increased risk for violence. Meta-analyses have reliably demonstrated the efficacy of cognitive–behavioral therapy in the treatment of addictions and other mental health issues, such as depression, traumatic stress, and anxiety. Effective anger management involves controlling the escalation of anger by learning assertiveness skills, changing negative and hostile thoughts or “self-talk,” challenging irrational beliefs, and employing a variety of behavioral strategies. These skills, techniques, and strategies will be discussed in this 12-part program. Every Monday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm starting May 2, 2022 through to July 25, 2022 (no program on May 23).
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For additional information (including inquiring about attending this program in-person), contact Life Skills Facilitator.