What to do when Faced with a Craving

Regardless how much time in sobriety you have, how many meetings you attend, or how thoroughly you’ve worked your program of recovery, there will come a time when you experience a craving for your substance of choice. Cravings tend to strike when we are in a particularly vulnerable state of mind. Therefore, you should educate yourself on things to do when a craving occurs so you can let it pass without acting on it and relapsing.



One of the many acronyms you encounter in the 12-step rooms of recovery is “HALT”. This refers to the four most common feelings that result in a craving: hunger, anger, loneliness, or tiredness. HALT also refers to what you should do when experiencing a craving – take a pause and examine your present condition. Are you experiencing any of those four feelings at the present moment? If you are, focus on taking immediate action to correct this unbalanced emotional state and the craving will pass.