How Do I Choose the Best Anger Management Program?

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky
A person should choose an anger management program based on their specific needs.
A person should choose an anger management program based on their specific needs.

It is said that admitting there is a problem is the first step in tackling the problem. If you suffer from anger issues, an anger management program may be very beneficial. The type of program you choose depends on your specific needs, which includes your general personality. Do you work better in a classroom or group setting, or would you be more comfortable with one-on-one treatment? If you have been ordered into an anger management program by a court or other authority, make sure the program you select is approved by that agency.

A good anger management program should help patients find the causes of their anger.
A good anger management program should help patients find the causes of their anger.

Maybe you would prefer to avoid other people altogether as you work through this issue; you may find a home course more productive. An online anger management program may be just right for you. Some courses also include videos, audios, and workbooks that you can use in the privacy of your own home.

Not every type of anger management program will meet court standards. Some programs list themselves as being court-approved, but it is wise to make sure. If you can’t find the information you need from the anger management program, check with the court to see if the course is acceptable. There is no sense in wasting your time or money if you will just have to do it all over again. It is also important to note that some courts or other agencies can be quite stringent on time limits for completing ordered programs, so it is wise to act quickly.

Difficulty with controlling anger can lead to high blood pressure.
Difficulty with controlling anger can lead to high blood pressure.

Check for local classes, or those provided by help centers, churches, and other organizations, which may be available at little or no cost to you. Make sure that the course is completely confidential so you feel confident to discuss your issues openly. Admitting that you could use some help with anger management issues does not mean you are saying you have done anything wrong. It makes sense to seek help before a problem has a chance to get out of control.

Often, anger is an outward expression caused by some form of fear. Fear of being abandoned may cause a person to lash out at his or her spouse. Often, fear created when one was a child can trigger anger problems later in life, and finding out what makes you angry can help you learn how to deal with it effectively. A good anger management program will aim to help you find the underlying causes of your anger as well as help you learn more appropriate ways of expressing it.

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    • A person should choose an anger management program based on their specific needs.
      A person should choose an anger management program based on their specific needs.
    • A good anger management program should help patients find the causes of their anger.
      A good anger management program should help patients find the causes of their anger.
    • Difficulty with controlling anger can lead to high blood pressure.
      Difficulty with controlling anger can lead to high blood pressure.