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By Gayle Rosellini

Although we would possibly not prefer to admit it, we all get indignant. every now and then we think irked, exasperated, aggravated, envious, even enraged. Anger is a standard and fit human emotion; studying to recognize and convey it thoroughly, although, particularly for these in early restoration, is one other tale. First released in 1985, this well timed revision of the best-selling Hazelden name at the nature and determination of anger indicates us tips to make anger paintings in a good and potent approach which may ease, instead of exacerbate, the issues and demanding situations of early restoration. In a pleasant, nonconfrontive demeanour, after all you are offended publications readers to find the resource in their anger and the varieties it takes--such as violence, melancholy, resentment, and manipulation. Authors Gayle Rosellini and Mark Worden proceed by way of exploring a number of anger kinds, after which offer transparent, brilliant, and useful instructions for expressing anger, conquering "common conceits," and "wrangling with rancor." Their real-life examples and down-to-earth recommendation for facing anger with no worry or guilt--and with no hurting oneself or others--offers addicts in addition to their family and acquaintances a manner handed probably the most risky pitfalls of early restoration.

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We can hate the alcohol, detest the alcoholism, and somehow still manage to love the alcoholic. Take away the drinking and what do we have left? All that anger with nothing to blame it on! And that doesn't feel good. We end up confused. Weren't all the awful family problems supposed to stop once Dad got sober? Well, he's sober now, but the house is still filled with tension. He doesn't kick in the door and break the dishes anymore. He doesn't launch into drunken tirades like he used to. M. So, it is better.

What causes the most anger problems in recovering families? It's the pastthe things that happened last year, five years ago, fifteen years ago. We recall with burning resentment every injustice, every offense, every wrong committed against us. Never mind that the injury is remembered through a chemical haze. The memory is embedded deep and it festers like an infected wound. Page 17 Stockpiling resentments is a skill refined to high art by many substance abusers. But resentment is not their exclusive property.

Were they crazy or what? In all likelihood, they were normal people reacting in a nor- Page 33 mal way for our culture. Our culture tells us that good people don't respond violently unless they're pushed beyond the limit. Friends don't believe that violence is possible unless . . well, of course, there's only one explanation: The victim must have done something really awful to provoke the attack. The victim must have had it coming. This twisted logic keeps the violence alive. It's called blaming the victim.

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