The HALT acronym (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) is usually taught in early recovery. It is a useful slogan. Taking care of yourself, emotionally, mentally and physically is a vital part of recovery. Paying attention to trends and triggers can help combat vulnerabilities. Slogans like HALT remind us to take care of ourselves while providing added defense against relapse.
Are You Hungry?
Eating is part of survival. Everyone needs to eat. During stressful busy days, we can forget to eat and not even realize it. Not eating for extended period of time can change your mood and thoughts. In sobriety, we may have been used to not eating because hunger was counteracted with drugs and alcohol. Being hungry can make us hypersensitive and overly emotional.
Emotional excess in sobriety can be dangerous. By maintaining a healthy routine, you can eliminate the symptoms caused by excessive hunger. Plan your meals, be conscious of your diet and make eating a priority. No matter how important, busy or stressful your day is; you still need to find time to eat.
Are You Angry?
It is common to get angry in early sobriety. Those new in sobriety tend to be emotionally sensitive and lacking coping skills. Anger is inevitable. The way you deal with anger is very important. Some choose to vent and blame their anger on a person, place or thing. Others will retreat when angry and it will manifest into a form of depression. Anger is very dangerous in sobriety. Justifying anger is a slippery slope. It is said that those in sobriety can’t afford the luxury of justified anger.
Instead, ask yourself “Why am I angry”, “How does this make me feel”, and “What is my part in the situation?” Talking or venting is a great way to calm down. Calling your sponsor can give you another perspective on any situation. Try to find healthy ways to cope with anger and remember to always look at your part in the situation.
Are You Lonely?
Many of us were alone in our addiction. Bearing our own burdens and facing adversities alone, we have nowhere to turn. Finally, we get sober. The premise of recovery is fellowship; we embrace a “We” mentality. Sobriety can be lonely at times. It can be confusing and difficult. Overcoming insecurity and fear will enable you to be able to ask for help. Great friends and lasting relationships are forged in sobriety. Genuine people who honestly have your best interests in mind. Others in sobriety are an invaluable resource at your disposal. If you are struggling and you need someone to help, almost anyone in sobriety would come to your aid. You never have to be alone.
Are You Tired?
Everyone gets tired. Fatigue can eventually lead to exhaustion if not tended to promptly. The body, mind and soul can be greatly affected when you’re over-tired. In sobriety rest is key. When we are fatigued, this can cause irrational, thoughts, decisions and impulses. Don’t take these chances. Make sure to plan your time accordingly and get enough sleep. Take strategic days off. When you need to, sleep and recharge. Keeping your sleep schedule on track will help to improve your emotional happiness and overall wellbeing.
The HALT Acronym Saves Lives
HALT is a great tool to keep your physical, mental and emotional health on track. Stay aware. Throughout the day remember to ask yourself, “Am I hungry, angry, lonely, or tired?” Pay attention and don’t ignore how you feel. One bad decision can lead to another and in sobriety, we must avoid irrational behaviors at all cost. The HALT acronym is slogan you can use daily and you never know, it might just save your life.
Morningside Recovery teaches many types of healthy coping mechanisms that can help clients prevent relapse. Additionally, we offer an aftercare program and alumni program to help clients after they leave the facility. Call us today at 855-631-2135 to learn more about rehab with Morningside Recovery.