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Archive for October 15th, 2012

Not the word Halt, but the acronym H.A.L.T…..do you know what it stands for?

Anyone who has ever roamed the halls of AA is quite familiar with H.A.L.T…..Hungry….Angry….Lonely….Tired.  Those four are considered triggers if you will, things to watch out for if you are a recovering alcoholic.

When we become too hungry, too angry, too lonely, or too tired, we seem to be more susceptible to the siren song of alcohol.  Our defenses are down, and when our defenses are down we are in a vulnerable position.

Yes, drinking is a choice!  Yes, relapse is a choice!  That does not mean, however, that we need to be stupid about recovery.  When others who have walked our path tell us to watch out for certain warning signs, we would be well-advised to do so.  Only ego would prevent us from not doing so, because seriously, how hard is it to follow that advice?

Get plenty to eat, and eat on a regular basis.  Get plenty of rest; shoot for seven to eight hours per night.  Combat loneliness by making friends, and surrounding yourself with quality sobriety in those chosen friends.  And leave your anger at the door and work with your sponsor or some other trusted friend; anger leads to resentment and resentment leads to drinking.  Count on it!

If you are new to sobriety, you would be well-advised to write down H.A.L.T. and tape it to your mirror or desk.  When you start getting cravings, chances are one of those four warning signs are speaking to you.

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