Anger – Episode 182

It was snowing outside the studio as we recorded this episode.

It was snowing outside the studio as we recorded this episode.

Do you get angry? More importantly, maybe, how do you deal with your anger? Has recovery helped you be less angry or to let it out more gently?

This week, Spencer and Pat talk about anger. We are guided in our discussion by these questions.

  • Don't we almost all get angry at some time or another?
  • Were you allowed to get angry as a child?   
  • What were you told about anger when you were young?
  • When do you get angry?
  • Are there patterns to when you get angry?
  • What tools of the program can help you deal with anger in the moment?
  • What tools of the program can help you work on the root cause of your anger?

Several listeners also contribute to and enliven our discussion by email and voice.

Upcoming topics include “how am I trustworthy?” Do you gossip? How have you learned to keep confidences in recovery? How is that an essential part of the Al-Anon program? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the show

Pat said, when I was looking for songs about anger, all I found were, well, angry songs! So I looked up songs about conflict resolution and I found a really nice blog where the author had asked folks for songs about conflict resolution. She has two long play lists – one is mellow and one is lively.

But first, some angry songs…

“One Step Closer” by Linkin Park

Angry Heart by Black Sabbath

And, finding a way to deal…

You Can't Always Get What you Want by The Rolling Stones




1 comment on “Anger – Episode 182

  1. Sara says:

    Thank you so much for this episode. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me. The night before I listened my counselor helped me realize just how much anger and resentment I held. I am starting to realize I have stuffed down my sadness, resentment towards others and myself and now it is showing up in my angry outbursts. It is a relief to start to put it all together. I have a young son and it dawned on me that the best thing I can do for him at this point to work through this anger and resentment. I thought before the program the best thing I could do for him was try to control my spouses drinking. Thank you to the woman with young children that asked for the episode and had the courage to ask the questions I needed to ask myself…your situation sounds so similar to mine. Thank you to your guest that provided some wisdom and hope from a perspective of someone that has raised children through this messy process. Thank you Spencer for all you do. I listen to one podcast on the way to work and one on the way home.

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