During early stages of addiction recovery, individuals may experience rage, an intense form of anger. This often stems from feelings of injustice or resentment towards themselves, others or their circumstances, including their addiction and the recovery process itself. This rage can be a reaction to recognising the negative impacts of addiction, past mistakes or recovery challenges.

Rage manifests in various forms, such as physical actions like punching walls or engaging in violent behaviour and verbal expressions like outbursts or aggressive remarks. It’s an extreme response that can also turn inward, leading to self-destructive behaviors such as self-harm. This internalized rage is harmful and can eventually become outwardly expressed. It’s often described as a loss of control or “seeing red,” impairing decision-making.

Rage, much like resentment, can stem from feelings of anger and frustration due to perceived unfair treatment. This intense emotion often arises from both minor slights and significant injustices, leading individuals to experience profound anger and, at times, a consuming desire for revenge. Whether the source of this rage is a seemingly insignificant comment or a deeper, more hurtful action, the impact on one’s emotional state can be significant. Rage can manifest from real, imagined or misunderstood events with even a thoughtless remark from a friend or criticism from a superior sparking deep feelings of anger and indignation.

Rage can significantly affect mental health, particularly when it becomes a persistent state that clouds judgment and alters perception of reality. This can lead individuals to see themselves as perpetual victims, struggling to find positivity or fairness in their interactions. Overcoming such deep-seated rage often requires a conscious effort to forgive and move past the injustices, real or perceived, that fuel these feelings. Acknowledging the underlying emotions behind the rage and addressing them directly can be a crucial step towards healing. For those trapped in a cycle of rage, professional support may be necessary to explore the root causes of their anger and to develop strategies for letting go, promoting a healthier, more balanced emotional life.

Effectively managing rage and anger is crucial, as uncontrolled anger can damage relationships and health. Chronic anger can trigger a prolonged release of stress hormones affecting brain function and the immune system. Techniques for managing anger include assertive expression, which respects personal and others’ needs and redirecting anger towards positive, constructive behavior. However, suppressing anger without proper outlet can lead to health issues like hypertension or depression or result in passive-aggressive or hostile behaviors.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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