Those of us in recovery have gotten used to the acronym H.A.L.T which translates to hungry, angry, lonely, tired. But have we gotten too used to it?
By paying attention to these four areas of our being we are making sure that are very basic needs are being met. When we make sure that our basic needs are being met, we are less likely to turn to drugs or alcohol to solve any unmet basic needs.
But, things happen. Sleepless nights, skipped meals, solitude, and even the occasional angry outburst. It is really important to make sure that you realize that any of these basic needs left unmet can leave you searching for ways to artificially change the way you are feeling.
As time goes by it can be easy to forget the basics in recovery. Today I am having a particularly awful day. I had almost zero sleep last night and it has left me with these thoughts of either finding a way to stimulate myself artificially OR finding a way to knock myself out and sleep the day away.
I have thankfully taken a few steps back to examine what is causing these thoughts. I eventually came to the conclusion that I wasn’t paying attention to the age old wisdom of H.A.L.T.
Once I realized what the culprit was, I was better able to handle these weird twinges of wanting to use a mood altering substance to change the way I was feeling. I realized that these thoughts can be par for the course and I actually got a chuckle out of the whole thing.
I say to my addiction… “tricky, tricky”. “You almost got me”. Even on little to no sleep I was able to identify that “stinking thinking”. I’m glad I can now take a second and look at what is really going on.