HALT: A Tool for Sobriety

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If you don’t have self-awareness, then no matter how smart you are, you aren’t going to get very far.

HALT is an acronym for Hungry, Angry (or Anxious), Lonely, and Tired. Any of these conditions can leave a recovering sex or porn addict vulnerable to relapse. Unfortunately, as recovering sex and porn addicts, we have often lumped these ‘necessities’ in with every other form of discomfort we’ve not wanted to feel (and previously avoided through escapist sexual fantasies and behaviors). Now we must learn that more often than not when we feel triggered, a catnap, a candy bar, or a five-minute phone conversation will bring us back to earth.

Task for Today
Pay attention to when you last ate, rested, interacted with a friend or loved one, and whether you are feeling angry or resentful about something.