HALTT — a Self-care Tool in Addiction Recovery

“HALT! Are you Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired” — read?

In my bitterness at the world as a result of years battling addiction, I recall thinking to myself “What a stupid question. Of course, I am”.

What does it mean to H.A.L.T.?

H.A.L.T. is a powerful tool we can use in recovery to check our energy and attitude throughout the day. Using it correctly helps to identify feelings that may be new or confusing in recovery.

H — Hungry

This one seems obvious — do you need to eat? And not just eat to stay alive but eat well so you are truly nourished. In a world where we are so busy, so many of us eat things that are handy, not necessarily nourishing.

A — Angry

If yes, then ask yourself: what am I angry about?

L — Lonely

T — Tired

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are well documented. However, tiredness may be due to more than just sleep deprivation.


Over time another ‘T’ has been added to this acronym. It stands to reason given the importance of taking on fluids, that another reason for why we are irritated is that we are, after all, thirsty and in need of some fluids. Water can refresh us and significantly impact our productivity and emotions



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