The recovering addict must also mindfully identify the early warning signs of relapse such as euphoric recalls, fantasizing the past, feeling bored in recovery, resenting the recovery life, ruminating about drugs, or planning to use drugs again. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings, sleep difficulties, fatigue, depressed mood, low self-esteem, isolation, emptiness, and lack of pleasure are the symptoms that can be experienced by recovering addicts within three to six months of recovery and they usually last for around two years. The patients should be given complete awareness about these symptoms and they should be educated about how to minimize or manage these symptoms. A common acronym in recovery is H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired). These four words are often taught to recovering addicts for their recovery. It is essential for a person in recovery to take care of his health.
He should eat nutritious and low-caloric food only, avoid junk food and excessive caffeine and sugar intake, take nutritious meals thrice a day and stay away from staying hungry. Physical hunger can be quite dangerous as it can trigger one’s cravings for drugs. The family should also be completely aware of this fact so that they can take care of the person more effectively. It is also important for the person in recovery to manage his anger or irritable mood. He should learn the coping skills to deal with his anger without the help of drugs. Anger outburst is an impulsive act that can make the person in recovery more susceptible to use drugs recklessly so he needs to learn how to cope with it, he should also learn effective and assertive communication skills to avoid potential interpersonal conflicts. Loneliness is another aspect that should be addressed during the recovery as it can lead the person towards a dark state of mind like depression, emptiness, and lack of meaning in life.