Each of us has encountered a person who was a little too aggressive for comfort, haven’t we? Whether it was the school bully or an overeager cousin, people of all walks of life can sometimes exhibit too much anger. Of course, there’s no argument that denying that aggression isn’t a part of human life (who hasn’t gotten angry when a vending machine at their dollar bill?), but sometimes that rage can get a little out of hand. However, is it possible that the unwrapped, compulsive variety of this aggression is actually a signal of substance use disorders? Let’s take a closer look at anger addiction and see.

Addicted to Anger

Compulsive Aggression May Lead to Addiction

If we were to ask you if anger addiction exists, you would probably say, “That’s not possible. How can you be addicted to an emotion?”

According to medical research, this emotional addiction is not only possible, but it carries more weight than you would ever realize. Neuroscientists have determined that people who exhibit intense aggression and people who are addicted to drugs or abuse these substances share similar emotional and chemical traits:

  • Both groups share a high propensity for engaging in self-harmful behavior, even when they are fully aware that this type of aggression could harm them
  • Both groups can relapse if they stop acting aggressively, even if they’ve kept that anger under the proverbial lid for a while

A Need for Aggression

You are reading this correctly. Neuroscientists have concluded that some groups of people who exhibit intense, compulsive anger suffer from the same disruption of brain waves that addicts experience. Additional research may also shed light on why some men and women are more predisposed to use harmful substances than other people.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism    

Alcoholism and drug addiction are dangerous sicknesses that should never be taken lightly. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.  

Are you suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or drug addiction? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is coping with the same illness? In both cases, get in touch us at with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you are seeking more information about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.