When you start attending 12-Step meetings, you will hear all sorts of acronyms that obtain to recovery that have been passed through generations of people getting sober. Some of them may not make sense right away until you live through something that will show you are lacking emotionally, physically, or spiritually. Using an acronym to solve something that may be flawed, can help get you to the bottom of the malady that needs to be resolved.
A commonly used acronym is HALT. Its letters stand for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. The consensus is that if one of those are affected, then you might be out of balance in your recovery. While sleep and food are some of the basic necessities for every human being, recovery principles are the basic needs of someone who is struggling with an addiction. Honesty, humility, and brotherly love are just some of the principles of recovery that will counterbalance being angry and lonely.
Go through the four categories and ask yourself if you are indeed hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Although it may seem like you are asking questions that are fit for a toddler, these can actually be fitting for anyone at any age. Being hungry, angry, lonely, or tired most certainly can change someone’s demeanor in a flash and while trying to keep sober on top of that, it can be overwhelming. If you ask the questions, most likely you can figure out quickly what the problem really is.
Before you start reacting to what you are feeling, pause before you let your emotions get the best of you. By looking at this list of these words that can describe your current mood, you can avoid lashing out at others and controlling feelings that may seem real in the moment.
Do for yourself.
If you are hungry, then you should eat and if you are tired, then you should get some rest. Seems simple, but sometimes it can be difficult to detect these things in yourself right away. Go through the list of adjectives to see how you can set yourself back on the right. Practicing the list can help you to discover better solutions for yourself.
Ultimately your goal in sobriety to halt any behaviors that might jeopardize your sobriety and ironically the very things that need to be looked at make up the acronym of HALT.
When you are HALTing, it can make you feel like a different person for the time being. Identifying what you are really going through, can help you get you better results within your recovery.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a 5-week extensive treatment program that can help you or someone you know who is struggling with drugs and alcohol to recognize the triggers of HALTing. Our holistic therapy and 12-Step aspects can be the very thing that can assist in keeping you sober for the long-run.
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