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Let the Skeletons In the Closet Out This Halloween

Skeletons In the Closet Out For an addict and/or alcoholic in recovery, Halloween can be a quick reminder that there are still some skeletons in the closet so to speak.  This is a great time for anyone struggling to be honest with themselves in their program of recovery so that they can continue to stay in recovery long-term.  This is a key requirement to stay clean and sober because the inability to be open and truthful with ourselves only stunts our own growth to freedom in the long run.

Skeletons In the Closet

Keeping these metaphorical skeletons in the closet creates excessive baggage that begins to weigh us down, which is ultimately detrimental to our overall well-being.  These secrets, regrets, guilt, and shame are going to keep us sick.  The more that gets stored inside of us, the less likely we are going to be able to see the areas in our life where we were wrong and how that has impacted us negatively as a result.  Being able to get honest and face the consequences that have resulted from decisions made in the past instead of letting bygones be bygones is a huge game-changer when it comes to the recovery process.  It allows us to be held accountable and step up to the plate to see what we have done in order to rectify the harm in any possible appropriate manner.  Possessing the ability to be open and honest about the past while still being mindful about the words you are choosing when expressing them has the potential to be incredibly freeing.  This doesn’t mean that you have to divulge absolutely everything to every single human being, but sharing intimate important events with a specific, trustworthy confidant can prove to aid you in the process of recovery when the timing is appropriate. The great news is that we can learn from our mistakes and grow to be better than we were yesterday.

We Grow From Mistakes

In the spirit of growing from our mistakes, let’s take a look at how the history of Halloween is a prime example of a a few mistakes creating a fun and exciting holiday. It may be safe to say that almost everyone can relate to having skeletons in the closet in some way, shape, or form.  It’s human nature to make mistakes and misbehave by error.  Halloween actually draws back over 2,000 years ago when a Gaelic festival was held on the famous day of October 31 referred to as Samhain, which in English translates to “summer’s end.”  The general idea of the festivities was to celebrate and gather necessities in advance for the preparation of the winter season ahead.  Despite lacking official confirmation, it is believed that Samhain and All Saint’s Day, which is November 1, became so closely associated that they influenced one another to mesh into Halloween.  Somewhere around the 1800s in America, Halloween transcended from celebration into acts of vandalism, where buildings were egged and houses damaged.  With efforts to minimize the increase of vandalistic acts on the rise throughout the 20s and 30s, the public began to persuade children into good behavior by rewarding them with candy, hence the famous line “trick or treat?”  Since then, it has become tradition to celebrate by dressing up and receiving candy from nearby neighbors.

Happy Halloween!

From the history of Halloween to removing skeletons in the closet, there is more to the sweet holiday than just the candy!  When it comes to the process of recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction, it is vital to be as honest with yourself and others as you can.  This is essential because peace of mind is found when being authentic and sharing genuine feelings with others around you.

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