I have read about the acronym, H A L T,
in recovery paraphernalia
and have used it to a great degree of success
in changing my patterns
from a nicotine addict to a Free person.
Having a Crave ?
H. A. L. T.
Hungry - Thirsty - need a deep breath of Oxygen ?
Angry - Happy - Emotional ?
Lonesome - Bored ?
In many, many instances, when I would reach for a smoke,
my poor body was actually trying to alert me that it needed attention in some way.
My addiction silenced these natural signals.
I still catch myself these days...no, it is no longer a crave,
it is my body hollering for water or food
or something it really needs !
Now, groovin' in my new freedom,
when these signals come up,
my first thought may still be,
'Oh cigarette, dammit'
However, it is followed immediately by,
'No, not smokes...you're Hungry, baby !'
or, you're thirsty
or, you need to go sit outside and take a big gulp of oxygen and figure out what your body or spirit requires.
The piracy that nicotine practiced is still mind-boggling to me.
Allowing nicotine to take over my basic human needs of sustenance and comfort was a grave error on my part.
I am grateful my body is so forgiving .
I am grateful to be free.
Free and learning how to read my body's signals and remembering how to take good care of it.
So, next time you have what you assume to be a Nic fit,
have a think...what is your body really telling you ?
It won't be hard to figure out.
For me it has been obvious and I have to wonder,
how could I have neglected my body for so long ?
It is a miracle it survived.
I would like to include our friend, Joel Spitzers'