Sometimes a small tweak to simple things can make a huge difference in the way we perceive things, react to people, and the attitude we carry into interactions. In the context of discussing addiction recovery, we often focus on the more difficult and in-depth topics related to our addictions such as trauma, co-dependence, and self-esteem. These topics are absolutely crucial in order to further our personal development but there are times when the solution to our poor mood or attitude is much simpler than we may realize. HALT is an acronym that represents four fundamental factors that often contribute to negative feelings and experiences. Let’s take a look at each factor and how they can work to compromise our well-being and even sobriety.
First, when we begin to notice that we are feeling sluggish, moody, or irritable, we can ask ourselves if we are Hungry. While this sounds so simple it is almost silly, life can be overwhelming and stressful at times and there are some days where we might’ve skipped breakfast or missed lunch. Because we need food in order sustain primary cognitive and physiological functions, missing just one meal can alter our mood for the entire day. Next, we can ask ourselves, “am I Angry, and if so, what are the contributing factors?” This factor is a little more easily identified as anger typically doesn’t like to remain bubbling below the surface. Carrying anger, frustration, and resentments with us throughout the day will ensure that we allow ourselves to be intoxicated with this negative energy and that it will likely rub off onto others. Third, we need to be aware of whether or not we are feeling Lonely. Prolonged feelings of loneliness and isolation can be a precursor to the onset of depression which, if we allow it to get to that point, we are then faced with a more serious and severe problem. If we are feeling alone, we must be able to utilize our resources and reach out to supportive people in our lives. Finally, we need to ask ourselves whether or not we our engaging in self-care and whether or not we are Tired. Exhaustion can impair our cognitive functions which can skew our judgements and decisions.
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