4 Anger Management Treatment Options

The inability to effectively control anger can negatively impact relationships, jobs and even land you in jail. If you are experiencing uncontrollable anger, treatment options are available.


  • Anger Management Classes


The goal of anger management classes is to help students learn how to constructively respond to stimuli and situations that lead to anger.  Courses are available in-person and online and cover subjects such as, how to manage stress, improving sleep and learning anger management skills. If you need to attend court ordered anger management classes, you will need to choose a class that has been approved by the court. 


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


This treatment method can help a person identify the behaviors and thoughts that lead to their anger. Mental health professionals use this technique to teach people coping skills, conflict resolution, how to respond to grief, stress management and how to deal with chronic pain, fatigue or other physical issues. This technique has been shown to produce lasting results in less time than some other methods.


  • Residential Treatment Centers


People who are having difficulty functioning in their daily lives or who are a danger to themselves or others may benefit from a residential treatment center. Patients choosing this option live in a controlled environment where they receive treatment for their anger and other mental health conditions. Therapists help patients learn to control their anger, identify situations in which anger may occur and recognize the signs that loss of control may be imminent. The controlled environment allows residents to learn coping skills without the anger triggers they experience in their normal lives.


  • Outpatient Treatment Programs


People who are not dangerous and cannot or do not want to attend a residential program have the option of outpatient treatment programs. These work similarly to the residential programs, except that the patient continues to live their normal life while attending treatment sessions at the center. These programs usually last six to eight weeks. When the program ends, patients usually continue a less intensive therapy schedule. Because you will still need to be able to manage your day-to-day life during this treatment option, it is a good idea to minimize unnecessary stress and conflicts and build a support system

Uncontrolled anger can have a severe negative impact on your life. However, with treatment, many people can learn to cope with their anger triggers and more effectively manage their reactions.