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Written by DeShawn McQueen on Tuesday, 26 March 2013. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News


Everyone in the recovery community knows of or vaguely recognizes this nemonic/acronym: HALT! It should be the battle cry of Alcoholics Anonymous ("AA").

Quite simply, Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired explains it all.

Try it!

The next time you are experiencing a less than pleasant feeling, or emotion, check in with yourself:

(1) Are you hungry?

Perhaps your blood sugar is low!


(2) Are you angry?

Maybe you are resentful, toward yourself or someone else!

(3) Are you Lonely?

This is a big one! Alcoholism and addiction are diseases of loneliness!

Perhaps you have been spending too much time alone….thinking too much!

Have you been avoiding interactions, neglecting friendships, isolating?

(4) Are you tired?

Did you stay up too late the night before?

Have you been cutting back on sleep?

Generally, if you truly are an alcoholic or addict, addressing one of the above will bring you a solution. You will find yourself in a centered place of serenity, even a state of happy, joyous, and free.

In the alternative, remember that feelings/emotions are temporary. They always pass!

In the words of the illustrious Gary Allan, my favorite country songwriter, Every Storm Runs Out of Rain! BTW, this is the BEST song ever!

If you or someone that you love is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, please call us. We want to help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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