Anger Management Program

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EMOTIONS, DON’T LET THEM CONTROL YOU

What is Anger?
Anger is a natural emotion we all have. It is neither good nor bad but how we deal with it internally and externally is important.

When anger begins to take control of you it becomes destructive. It will cause problems in many areas of life reducing the overall quality of your life.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH YOUR ANGER?
Anger is expressed in various ways from mild irritation to intense rage and fury. Some people find they have a difficult time expressing anger properly. Some go into rage and throw things or get into fights. Some withdraw, sulk and get physically ill. You likely know if you have trouble dealing with anger.

WHAT CAUSES YOUR ANGER?
Anger comes from many sources – both from outside you and inside you. It could be a co-worker, family member, other drivers or even memories of a tragic event. If you find you get angry easily and have a difficult time dealing with it, the Harbor Lights Anger Program may be of
help to you.

HOW DOES THE ANGER PROGRAM WORK?
The Harbor Lights Anger Program is a minimum 12 week program using therapy groups, education sessions, role playing, and assignments to work on outside of the group. We strongly feel that to effectively control anger, education alone is not enough. Individuals need to practice early identification of triggers, find alternative coping skills, and learning assertive vs. aggressive communication skills.

TOPICS COVERED

1. Do I have a problem with anger?
2. What are the “personal costs” of anger?
3. Learning to monitor my anger.
4. What are the triggers and cues of my anger?
5. Why managing anger is especially difficult for a substance abuser.
6. What are my physical signs of anger?
7. Creating new choices.
8. Developing my anger control plan.
9. Learning assertive communication.
10. Anger and my family of origin.
11. Learning cognitive restructuring.

HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?
You will need to be admitted to Harbor Lights using our normal evaluation and admission process. If ou are already a client of Harbor Lights, talk to your primary counselor about a referral to the Anger Program.

After our assessment, we can better determine if you meet the criteria for the program which must include alcohol or substance abuse issues.

HOW DO YOU PAY FOR IT?
Once admitted to Harbor Lights, treatment is paid for b most insurances including Medicaid. A sliding scale fee is also available. This will be discussed with you by our staff.