I recently revealed a survey from my Life Recovery Groups that found that the old anacronym H.A.L.T. was really not relevant. While most of the guys are triggered by anger, loneliness, and tiredness, no one said hunger was really a problem. And the groups agreed that two other triggers should be added to the list: stress and boredom.
Since posting that article a few months ago, several readers have suggested the same thing – a new acronym. So here it is . . .
We tend to act out when triggered by Boredom, Loneliness, Anger, Stress, or Tiredness.
I bet you can remember that – B.L.A.S.T. Perhaps this will be a useful tool for you as you review your triggers from time to time.
Recovery Step: Memorize “B.L.A.S.T.” And when you are triggered by Boredom, Loneliness, Anger, Stress, or Tiredness, remember this verse: “The Lord is my deliverer” (Psalm 18:2).
Author: Mark Denison
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.