‘HALT’ the Addiction

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Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

HALT is an acronym for Hungry, Angry/Anxious, Lonely, and Tired. Any of these conditions can leave us more vulnerable than usual to acting out. Heck, even ‘normies’ tend to behave in ways they later regret when their judgment is clouded by hunger, anger/anxiety, loneliness, or exhaustion. So what chance do we addicts have? The trick is learning to recognize and address these needs when they arise, rather than lumping them in with every other form of emotional discomfort that we don’t want to experience (and once tried to avoid through addiction). When triggered, we must learn to HALT and ask ourselves: When is the last time I ate? Did I get enough sleep last night? Is there some conflict in my life that I need to resolve? Would a few minutes spent talking with someone who understands me help me feel better?

Task for Today
Stop and do a HALT check-in at least three times. Pay attention to how you are feeling and why.