Violent crimes can change your life and destroy others’ trust in you. Overcoming your anger may facilitate a greater change and allow you to restore control of your life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one resource you might consider. Participating in programs designed to retrain your brain and emotional response can make a difference in your ability to move past your mistakes.
Discovering the root problem
Many violent offenders have underlying experiences that trigger their extreme and irrational responses. Some examples include the following:
- Economic turmoil
- Lack of parental involvement
- Drug and alcohol use
- Juvenile delinquency
- Exposure to violence at a young age
Ignoring the underlying problems may prevent you from overcoming your own issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy requires you to discover root problems and address them completely.
Rebuilding emotional response
Reacting irrationally to people or things around you may cause you to behave violently with seemingly little regard for the harm your actions cause. According to The Mayo Clinic, during cognitive behavioral therapy, you will receive instructions about coping with grief and loss, managing emotions, preventing relapse of mental illnesses and resolving conflicts. Rebuilding your emotional response can drastically improve your ability to deal with the world around you.
Improving your image
Your reputation will take a hit after a violent crime; however, you can gradually rebuild and improve your image with time. The diligent effort you put into overcoming your problems may restore others’ trust in you and improve your image.
Violent crime does not have to dictate the rest of your life. With the right help and support, you can have a renewed opportunity to live a happy and successful life.