The acronym H.A.L.T. stands for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired and is a key part of maintaining your long-term sobriety.
Once you have completed Narconon Fresh Start’s drug and alcohol rehab program you are ready to begin living the new sober life you have envisioned for yourself. While this is a time of great happiness, high expectations and a sense of personal accomplishment – it can also be daunting to handle life day to day sober. An established acronym to help guide you in preventing potential relapse is H.A.L.T. This acronym stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. For recovered addicts, keeping this acronym in mind will enable you to discern where your feelings are coming from. By using the skills you’ve gained at Narconon Fresh Start you will be able to address the specific cause of your craving and put yourself back on the right path.
Staying in touch with your feelings and personal needs is essential in maintaining your sobriety. The onset of anxiety or a sudden change in mood can often be traced back to hunger; when a person’s blood sugar levels are imbalanced it can cause the individual to experience a wide range of emotions. Additionally, feelings of resentment, feeling lonely or simply tired can change a person’s outlook and cause them to behave rashly. By taking time out of your day to evaluate your feelings and personal needs using the H.A.L.T. acronym you can ensure that you are taking proper care of yourself and being proactive about maintaining your sobriety.
Struggling with any of these feelings or emotions can leave you more vulnerable to the temptation to use drugs or drink; taking your focus away from your primary goal of sobriety. A key part of sustaining your newly developed sober lifestyle is learning to pay attention to these inner signals and find appropriate ways to meet your needs. By resolving the any issues you have connected with hunger, anger, loneliness or fatigue you will be able to continue your goal of lasting sobriety.