Doug was talking about feeling a little gnaw in his innards and mentioned HALT.
I was lying in bed this morning, wishing I had a coffee bar in the bedroom and mentioned to my son when I was old my bedroom would be right by the kitchen.
* I actually can not believe I’m telling you this, I dropped my sponge in my coffee pot full of coffee and then DRANK the coffee. Ewww, it’s 9:30 Saturday morning. Ok, I did go back and make another pot….. 🙂
Ok I digress, back on track, I was lying in bed thinking about the ‘HALT’ method and remembered in my AA classes or meetings, they talked about it.
So how can we use it in a Christian way or can we even connect it with our walk with the Lord.
I hit the google internet button:
From here: I added the RED
This tried and true slogan helps us to stay in touch with our feelings and needs. Sometimes the onset of anxiety or a sudden drop in mood can be traced to our having forgotten to eat so our blood sugar levels are off kilter. Sometimes we may be carrying a resentment, or feeling lonely, or we are just too tired. Taking a little time out from our busy day to ask ourselves if we are feeling too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, gets us in touch with our feelings (walk with God). When we know what we are feeling we can make choices and take the appropriate action to get our needs for food, companionship, or rest, met.(or unconditional love from God)
Being too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, are conditions that leave us more vulnerable to the temptations that lead us away from our program of dual recovery.(that lead us away from our walk with God) Part of recovery is learning to pay attention to these inner signals and practice appropriate ways to meet our needs and resolve issues in a manner that will enhance our abstinence and serenity.(enhance our witness to those around us)
~~I guess with this I should do a disclaimer: I’m no medical professional, these comments on this post are of my own mind and events I’ve personal been thru. If any of this should help you, give me and God, credit. 🙂 If they don’t help, or you see anything incorrect, please leave a nice comment!
From this site, it talks about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4 and Luke 4) and being in the midst of hunger, loneliness, tiredness and maybe even anger.
HALT can used for many different types of situations, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol recovery, every day life, your walk with your Lord.
this article is good here
From an AA recovery site: HALT. Don’t get to Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. An afternoon spent struggling with cravings can be explained with these four words. We check in on our physical and emotional condition throughout the day. Hungry? Eat regular meals at regular mealtimes. Angry? Talk about it a lot with your sponsor and others. Lonely? Go to a meeting, call someone. Tired? Take a nap, go to sleep early, schedule less.
* I just poured a fresh cup of coffee, then took the spore infected spoon out of the sink to stir it. Jeez!
Ok, now for my hopefully biblicial opinion, but my opinion nonetheless, from my personal experiences.
I remember using HALT when I first came out of rehab, for the story click here. I also remember craving alcohol every. single. day. I still do. My life has grown accustomed to fighting those urges every day. Many times a day. More recently I find myself going back thru my week thinking, Hey, I didn’t think about wanting alcohol on these days. WOW!
Which is totally amazing to me and I only can give God the credit. He will heal me, it might not be all at once, like I want it to be, but He will do as He promised and He will perfect/complete me. *ok, tears*
HUNGRY: Going on a training regiment and eating something healthy every few hours has brought this down enormously. Keeping the blood sugar level and the growling belly turned off is the best thing for this.
ANGRY: Crap, I’m freaking angry all the time! Well, kind of. This one is tough, I hold resentments, I linger on anger, anger is so much easier to hold onto than happiness. Being angry, I can keep people at an arms length away and not get hurt. What with the world being as it is and humans being idiots and people just not doing stuff the way I would, sheesh. Seriously, tho. This is a subject I need to be on my knees about, praying for a fix.
LONELY: I should say I’m not lonely. Ever. I have God and my family and church family. But that sounds like little pretty christian platitudes. But I get lonely, especially during the day, especially when my foot was broken. Especially when I only have my hubby and boy to talk to. I can see myself just talking someones ear off when I haven’t been out of the house for a while. When I get close to a friend, I see myself yakking, probably wanting more from the relationship than is healthy.
TIRED: Most of time I am tired, I suffer from restless leg syndrome, worry, a racing mind, breathing problems, a bad back and if I get hooked on a TV show at night then I can not sleep. As professionals recommend, if you suffer from lack of sleep, try stopping the caffeine, TV and exercise near bedtime, make your bedroom a sanctuary, etc. You can google for help.
I think I’m still trying to recover from my broken foot, I didn’t sleep for almost 3 months because of pain and anxiety. Some nights my foot still hurts.
First and foremost seek out Gods direction for you in prayer, check the HALT then live!
So, I don’t know if I have cured the worlds problems, but it was fun typing it out whilst I drink micro- organism filled coffee.
Any thoughts? Any times where you have used this method of self evaluation?
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Proverbs17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Hebrews 13:5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” 6So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
Proverbs 15: 15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.
1 Timothy 6:6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that