Reflective Summary: Review and reflect on the Inner Rage Theory Discussion Board. Based on your review and reflection of new learnings in this course, write at least 400–600 words on the following:
- What have you learned from others’ responses?
- What were the most compelling points from the interaction with your fellow students?
- How did participating in this discussion help in your understanding of the Discussion Board task?
- What approaches could have yielded additional valuable information in the students’ networking?
- What is still unclear after the discussion with your classmates that needs to be clarified?
- Post to reflect on
I do believe that a person can begin the addiction process if they’re self-medicating to cover up their rage or inner rage that they experienced as a child. William G. DeFoore shares on anger and addiction. DeFoore’s opinion begins with anger being the inner issues that people avoid dealing with and they try to bury their emotions (DeFoore, 2009). DeFoore’s thoughts are that compulsive behavior and addictions are created by the addict to protect themselves from their emotions (DeFoore, 2009). I agree with DeFoore’s thoughts and how for most addicts their addiction starts with self-medicating. It is not always the same for everyone. Some experience their doctor will write them a pain pill for their minor knee or back pain, and they find that by taking that pill they feel euphoric and energized.
- Because I do believe that continued use of drugs or alcohol that turns into addiction is the outcome of a bigger inner issue, I will explain why. Joe Koelzer helps answer the questions referencing anger and with the help of Dr. Martha Beck, Koelzer sums up that the body releases the feelings of anger when our body is trying to tell us that there is something that needs our closer attention (Koelzer & Becker, 2017). By not responding properly to our feelings of anger we are only suppressing them and by doing that we are making a build-up for when the anger will inevitably unleash. This can be dangerous for others and our self. Most people do not want to process their anger and they push is down rather than speaking their true thoughts on a matter. If this begins when we are a child, then that means by the time we are adults then we have buried a ton of anger and feelings which can be overwhelming when they resurface. Just because we can ignore the anger at the moment does not mean it disappears. Koelzer goes on to explain how anger is an emotion affected by the pain or hurt we are feeling and that people who ignore their anger can evolve a depression mental disorder (Koelzer, 2017). People that suffer from depression have a great risk for dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism or abuse, and self-harm or suicide (Koelzer, 2017). I think that someone who has been pushing down anger since they were a child can still have a chance at releasing the anger in effective ways