“They Say” that a huge part of addiction recovery is un-burdening yourself of all those “secrets” that you keep inside because of the fear of judgment. I guess this goes along with Step 5 of the 12 Steps. You admit to your higher power, yourself, and another human being the exact nature of your wrongs.
The purpose of this step is supposed to be about openly acknowledging the positive while committing to work at rectifying your negatives. I do understand the purpose of it, I guess I’m just NO WHERE near being ready for this type of outward honesty. I’m not saying I’ll never be there, just not right now.
It seems that I’m not alone in my unwillingness to admit my secrets to another human beings. I have found some sites recently who’s main purpose is to let people anonymously admit their secrets…both good and bad.
It didn’t take long for me to be in tears while checking out some of the anonymous secrets that are posted on this site. I felt so horrible for some of these people, they have been carrying around these secrets for so long. They obviously needed to unburden themselves or they wouldn’t thought it necessary to anonymously share their secrets on this site.
Then it dawned on me…I’m not sitting here judging these people for what they are sharing. I’m empathizing with them and identifying with them. Feeling bad for them that they found no means of unburdening themselves other than leaving an anonymous secret on a website.
So why is it that I feel that I would be judged harshly? Why do I feel like there are things that I’ve done that I could never say out loud to another human being? I’m not talking serial murder here, I’m talking just normal human being type actions that result from low self-esteem and possibly addictive thinking.
I don’t have an explanation for this. I have no trouble admitting to myself my wrong doings. I also have no problem thinking about these things and trying to figure out what caused these actions. I know that it’s not just the result of being a bad person.
I guess I’m looking for some feedback on this topic. Are there those people out there that don’t feel like they have gotten to the point of being able to bare their sole to another human being yet? Am I holding my self back in terms of my recovery because I can’t do this? Should I just wait until I feel ready? Will I ever feel ready?