Anger Management Program

Ascend Treatment and Wellness Center

Anger Management Program

Group and Individual Anger Management Programs For Adults

Ascend Treatment and Wellness Center of New Jersey offers two different anger management programs and treatment options for adults suffering with anger management issues.  Learn more about our offerings below. 

Two anger management treatment options for Morris County, NJ

Our group and individual anger management programs blend cognitive-behavioral therapy with the principles of positive psychology: the knowledge that with the right skills and practice, you can successfully develop the ability to manage your anger even if you’ve struggled with it before.

What doesn’t work? Counting to 10. Simply talking about how angry you feel. “Venting” by yelling or punching something — in fact, studies show “venting” actually increases anger.

All of our anger management therapy options address:

You also learn about the origins and purpose of anger and how it can sometimes be useful or important as you learn how to handle upsetting feelings more effectively.

Call us with questions, to enroll in a program, or schedule your first individual appointment. 

Six-Week Anger Management Skills Group

This comprehensive, short-term, intensive skills group teaches you new and practical techniques for:

This comprehensive anger treatment program is based on scientific research into what helps people control their anger.

It’s useful for anyone with anger issues and can also be very helpful in protecting your sobriety if you’re dealing with drug or alcohol addiction.

You’ll regain control of your feelings and actions with skills you build through a combination of group and individual therapy:

This program is especially helpful in addressing long-standing anger issues.

It can also help you guard against relapse and protect your sobriety if you’re dealing with drug or alcohol addiction. 

Individual Anger Management Therapy

One-on-one anger management counseling focuses on your specific mindset, triggers, and behaviors, and customized personal strategies and techniques for dealing with the root causes of your anger. 

Anger: a familiar companion

Frustrated. Ignored. Trapped. Hurt.

Feelings of pain, resentment, and bitterness fester quickly into uncontrollable or explosive anger, hostility, outbursts, rage and aggression that seem impossible to contain.

Anger can feel like the monster under the bed.

Some live in fear of it. For others, ignoring the monster is part of drug addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse and substance misuse disorders.

Do you recognize yourself in these scenarios?

What’s behind out-of-control anger and frustration?

You may recognize some of these factors in your own life.

Mental health issues can also contribute to uncontrolled anger or frustration. Examples include:

What’s the connection between drugs, alcohol and anger?

Not all anger management clients have substance use issues, although many do. Many commonly abused substances — especially marijuana, alcohol, and some prescription drugs — have a calming or sedating effect. People start using them because they want to feel calmer, mellower, less stressed, less angry, less frustrated.

However, the root causes of these feelings still exist, since they haven’t done anything to change them. Plus, for some people drugs and alcohol actually increase anger and aggression.

In either case, as their physical tolerance for drugs or alcohol increases but the negative emotions persist, they use more and more.

The result in both cases: drug or alcohol abuse, dependency and addiction, accompanied by angry, negative emotions and no alternative ways to improve those feelings.

Moreover, drugs and alcohol themselves tend to lessen our natural ability to control anger and frustration, as do changes in the brain that result from substance abuse.

The bottom line is that for many people, drug and alcohol abuse ratchet up anger — and anger ratchets up drug and alcohol use.

Learning new ways to manage your anger is essential in protecting your recovery and sobriety. It’s a very important tool for achieving the life goals that matter most to you. 

Frequently-asked questions.

Is Ascend’s program approved for court or employer situations?

Our program is suitable:

You’ll have an individually-assigned clinician. Upon request, we will provide you with proof of enrollment and completion at no additional charge. 

Does anger management counseling really help?

In our experience, it’s very helpful as long as:

I don’t get angry very often, but when I do I really blow up. Is this pretty normal?

The important question is whether your anger is causing problems in your relationships at work, with family or with friends.

If it is, then it makes sense to learn new ways to handle it that don’t cause problems.