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Six Fun Costume Ideas For Your Sober Halloween

Though facing any big holiday you may have previously associated with substance abuse can be a pretty big challenge for you if you are in early recovery from addiction, it’s important to remember as we get closer to October’s end that are plenty of ways to get into the Halloween spirit that have nothing to do with alcohol or drugs. In fact, it can be argued that the people who turn Halloween revelry into just another excuse to get wasted miss the point of the occasion entirely.  What’s special about Halloween isn’t the beer you could grab any other day of the year it’s the the chance you have to dress up! 

There’s no shortage of creative costume ideas that you could use to celebrate your sober Halloween, but here’s just a few to help get yourself in the spirit. 

1. Star

There’s no reason that being sober should stop you from strutting your stuff as your favorite pop star or movie star, so roll out the red carpet and do your thing! In fact, quite a lot of music and movie stars are also sobriety role models that you could emulate for the occasion as inspiration for your own recovery journey. 

On the musician side, Demi Lovato , Elton John, Shania Twain, Eminem, Lana del Rey, and Macklemore are just a few, and some high profile actors and actresses in recovery include, Daniel Radcliffe, Bradley Cooper, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Perry, Drew Barrymore and Zac Efron. 

2. Hero

Being sober takes a lot of strength, and a lot of courage. So why not celebrate your own hero’s journey by dressing up as your favorite fictional hero? You could choose a classic Marvel figure like Superman or Spiderman, or a less traditional hero from a favorite film or literary work, maybe even one from one of your favorite childhood fairy tales. From Katniss Everdeen to James Bond, Ellen Ripley to Han Solo, Robin Hood to Sherlock Holmes, there’s no shortage of different ways you can take this costume idea!

3. Witch or Wizard

Along the same lines, playing make believe as someone with magical powers could be a fun and cheeky way to celebrate your personal power and your sobriety. Maybe you want to be a classic black-hatted or white bearded witch or wizard, maybe you prefer the Harry Potter robed variety of wand waving, or maybe you can grab tarot cards and a crystal ball to become an ethereal, mystical, psychic. After all you can see the future nowor at least you can see that yours is going to be a whole lot brighter thanks to your recovery!

4. Butterfly Or Flower

The process of recovery is one that involves quite a lot of transformation, and going from the darkness of an addictive cocoon and back out into the world to spread your wings is definitely something to celebrate. Similarly, the flowers that provide the nectar that these little butterflies need to fly is another inspirational idea: after all, think of how much you’re blossoming!

5. Doctor Or Therapist

Another way you can celebrate your recovery this Halloween season is by taking the opportunity to pay tribute to all of the medical professionals that helped you along the way and dressing up as a doctor or therapist. By playing at being a healer, you’re reinforcing the idea that your days of self-destruction are now far behind you, and there’s nowhere to go but up!

6. Zombie

In a way, in recovering from addiction, you have essentially cheated death, and become in a sense reborn. So, on this spooky holiday, maybe you’d like to celebrate your reanimation by dressing up as a mythical creature who can literally come back from the dead. 

Going by that same mode of thinking, you could also go as a ghost, which has the further benefit of being super low effort, or another undead creature like a vampire. I’d avoid sucking any blood or eating any brains if I were you, but now is the perfect time to arise!

But, all scares and silliness aside, we’d just like to close out with a reminder that there’s no shame in struggling to stay sober during the holidays, or at any other time of the year. If you or someone you love is currently struggling with addiction, Reco Intensive can lend a helping hand with a professional staff, personalized treatment plan, and top-notch techniques that can pave your way to recovery. Call (561) 464-6533 now if you’d like to learn more. 

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