angry addict

Managing the Angry Addict

Angry people use anger to cope with feeling inadequate or threatened.  An angry addict typically abuses substances to cope with these feelings.  Not knowing which came first, the anger or the drugs, the root for both is painful feelings of shame.  The fear of rejection or abandonment may cause angry outbursts toward loved ones.  The…

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Is Addiction a Disease?

For centuries, many people, including scientists and scholars, have believed addiction to be an issue of moral shortcomings. Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1940’s was the first to use the term disease when describing an alcoholic’s condition. “a chronic, often, relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted…