About half of our clients have addiction problems along with being abusive. Studies are showing that the addict may react differently than some one who is basically antisocial.
The use of drugs effects the frontal cortex of the brain, which means that that part of the brain which provides the brakes, is compromised by the drugs or alcohol as it shuts the frontal cortex down so it does not inhibit aggressiveness. Then there are those who are anti social but who don’t use drugs or alcohol. It was found their mid brain activity was charged up by the positive anticipation of getting into a fight. Often kids who are autistic are branded as problems, but as they grow older the innate human need for connection and empathy develops naturally.
The worst combination is those who drink and are naturally anti social. They have little desire for empathy or connection. They have lots of drive to fight or abuse and no brakes to hold them back. It is their ability to recognize consequences that become the overall motivator to shifting gears. So it’s important for anger management clients to see what’s going on their heads. When clients are able to identify their triggers and Achilles heel, they have the opportunity smart questions to take them in a more productive direction.