When do you ever see the words Anger & Addiction together? If you haven’t, you should have. It’s a rather new twist on the conventional addiction which involves some type of chemical dependence. Anger addiction could fall under a newer category called Behavioral Addiction and it’s definition goes something like this: Behavioral addiction is a form of addiction which does not rely on drugs or alcohol. Increasingly referred to as process addiction or non-substance-related addiction, behavioral addiction includes a compulsion to repeatedly engage in an action until said action causes serious negative consequences to the person’s physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being. One sign that a behavior has become addictive is if it persists despite these consequences. If I may take the liberty to twist, turn & tweak a bit more, we can say that anger can be an addiction to those individuals who are unable to process negatively perceived thoughts and feelings by acting out in a rebellious manner so as to create chaos in place of dealing with what needs to be dealt with; in other words, irrational behaviors that cause avoidance. It’s a type of coping mechanism that is extremely negative and unhealthy that can lead to very serious consequences. In the moment, however, it feels “good” and temporarily obliterates the very source of the anger or rage. While drugs and alcohol temporarily ‘numb’ the mind of emotional pain, so can anger.
So, what can we do? Society says, go see a psychiatrist who can give you medication that will give you more “control” as you see another wise guy for talk therapy. Really??? I see that as a huge problem in that it is a temporary fix. As long as you take the medication, you are less able to elicit any anger (or any emotion for that matter). You are essentially made into a pseudo zombie! The other bad part about this remedy(?) is that it stunts your emotions and puts your responses on hold; then when you stop taking the medication, your brain picks back up from when you first started medication. In essence, you’re back where you started from. Not too smart for those people with medical degrees, huh? Remember, they’re just schooled people in what they do…they’re not God and they all too often make major mistakes. Now what?
Well, here’s where our God, Jesus Christ, comes in. Yes, I said Jesus! This isn’t what a psychiatrist would offer you but a psychiatrist didn’t create you in his own image…God did! We were born with an actual manual on just how to do this life. God didn’t Father each one of us only to make us orphans. This manual I am speaking of is The Bible. There isn’t even one aspect of life that God didn’t deal with in Scripture. It’s ALL there. In 2 Timothy 1:7, God says this, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of Power and of Love and of a SOUND MIND“. This wouldn’t be rocket science here. What God is saying is that we have each been given a “Sound Mind” – a mind that is capable and able to process anger in a Godly, positive manner. A sound, rational mind doesn’t present itself with runaway rage & hostility. So, if we begin at the beginning it goes something like this…When we allow Jesus into our hearts and lives, we’re committing to a life of following what He says to do. When we are obedient to all He asks of us, what follows is our inheritance…the blessings of God. We just need to own that inheritance as children of the Living God. I told you this isn’t hard stuff, right? Right! Jesus asks us to come to Him just as simply as a child does…”for of such is the Kingdom of God“. Mark 10: 13-15 says, Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” This means that we are to receive and embrace all the blessings of God …with love, endurance, total trust & unwavering faith. I’m thinkin’ that’s pretty simple to do and it’s the foundation of all healing. The rest is a matter of drawing closer and closer to the Lord as we fellowship, read and study our Bible, grow in God’s grace, memorize Scripture and obey His Commandments as we walk Hand in hand with our Savior on the Holy Road to eternity.
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.”