HALT Recovery Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this HALT Recovery Worksheet?

HALT is an acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. It is used in recovery to refer to the most common vulnerable states that could potentially push an individual back toward drug or alcohol use. It teaches individuals in recovery to be in tune with their high-risk thoughts and feelings and deal with them appropriately instead of turning towards their addiction to bring relief. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet can help individuals in the process of recovering from their drug or alcohol addiction to list down effective coping strategies that they can use to properly address their HALT feelings. They can use it to record which coping strategies have been effective in helping them manage that state, over the course of their recovery journey. 

How to use the worksheet?

Individuals must write down how they can tell they are feeling hungry, angry or anxious, lonely or tired as a reminder of what signs they need to be aware of. Then they must write what could be a healthy response or coping strategy to manage each of these feelings instead of turning to alcohol or drugs. In the last column, they can note down their observations on which strategies have worked. 

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