Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about the acronym typed above. While Bayshore Retreat uses the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model for treatment instead of the 12 Step one, that doesn’t mean we don’t see the value in a lot of the aspects of the 12 Steps. In fact, we borrow and pass on from a variety of sources. We also add more as we discover them if we feel they might be of benefit to our clients. To use a non-fluid treatment model is at best antiquated and at worst detrimental to a person’s chances of sobriety in our opinion. Times change, situations change and God knows all people aren’t the same so why would we not change?
Okay, let’s get back to the acronym, HALT. This little nugget does have its roots in the 12 Step approach. In fact, just about every slogan or acronym touting sobriety does. HALT stands for hungry, angry, lonely or tired. These are four big red flags where a better than average chance of relapse could occur. However, if we take a step back and look at HALT from a broader perspective, I think it’s safe to say that HALT could affect any decision-making.
Think about it from your own life. Just how many decisions have you made when one of these conditions was going on do you regret? How about grabbing that slice of cold pizza out of the fridge at 1 a.m. because you were hungry? Heartburn much?
How about saying something to someone that you can’t back just because they pissed you off? How about agreeing to do something you inherently know is wrong just so you fit in or so someone might like you? Lastly, how many times have you made a decision you don’t remember because you were half asleep?
Hopefully, by being able to recognize these red flags in your life and taking appropriate counter-measures beforehand, you’ll be able to stop the relapse or whatever other poor decision you could make at the time.
Anyway, just some thoughts. Have a day (I hesitate to say a “nice day” or “good day” out of fear of pressuring you.) by J – the son Sept. 18, 2014