H.A.L.T.

haltThis post is the 3rd in a follow-up series to Sharing Our Story (Jan 26). The 1st follow-up to that was the post called What Drives You To Act Out (Feb 19). The 2nd one was Counterfeit Intimacy (Feb 25). This series is targeted to people who struggle with addictions and their spouses. If you’re not an addict (or married to one) the following info might be really weird for you. I’m just sayin’.

That last post was pretty deep and heavy, so I decided to make it an easy read this time!

HALT is an acronym which is helpful in remembering those time when you are most succeptible to the addiction cycle. It stands for: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. When you get into those situations, you are more likely to be tempted, and are more likely to give in because your defenses are down. Recognize this fact and do two things:

  1. Talk to your accountability partner, spouse, sponsor, or counselor if you’re feeling run-down or succeptible to temptation.
  2. Fill the need appropriately. (ie: If you’re hungry, eat something, but don’t overindulge to deaden the senses. If you’re tired, sleep. If you’re lonely or angry, find some time to talk with someone – an appropriate someone!)

HALT: It’s a simple and quick tool to have in your arsenal for defense!

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