I must admit this is homework from my smart recovery meeting. Very similar to the cost-benefit analysis from page 85 in the Smart Recovery handbook, except mine just compares benefits of drinking and not drinking without including cost. It took me a while to complete, as I had to take my time thinking about all the benefits on both sides. Although I have already made a choice of complete alcohol abstinence, this still has benefited me. I can clearly see why I want to stop drinking. It helps to know the exact reasons(rewards) why I am putting so much effort into my sobriety. I am sure that I will be updating this in the future as I remember more reasons how addiction benefited me, and discover new benefits of my sobriety as time goes on and I move forward with my recovery.

ADDICTION

RECOVERY

Helped me to be alone without feeling side effects I have much more control
Helped me not to care about things I am not nauseous
Gave me an excitement at the end of the work day Don’t have to worry if I will have a withdrawal
Gave me pleasure while I was drunk I don’t have to be in pain because of my drinking
Gave me an excuse for everything Don’t have to worry about getting second DUI
Helped me with my boredom Don’t have to think about what excuses to make when calling off work and my work attendance
Helped me not to feel guilty about not working on my goals No more panic attacks
Helped me not to think about being a looser No more spending time at the hospital parking garages or driving around because of the anxiety of having medical emergency
Enhanced my gaming experience No more dealing with racing heart and enormous acid reflux
Didn’t have to face real me I can eat what I want when I want it
Helped me to avoid dealing with the problems I am able to focus on being a good employee at work
Helped me to live in my hopes and fantasies I save money by not spending them on alcohol and not being instant gratification purchaser
I don’t have to worry of having hangover on Mondays
I have the opportunity to work on my goals and actually achieve them
I am dealing with my daily responsibilities thus its not piling up on me
I don’t feel totally insane about my problems
I am not scared of people anymore
I am much more social, connect with people better and on a deeper level
Less scared of being myself
Don’t live in chaos all the time
Able to achieve peacefulness in natural way without any consequences later
I don’t feel guilty or ashamed
Sometimes feel pleasure in the things I do as well as small things in life
I have the opportunity to develop myself into the person I want to be
As longest I stay sober I know that at the end I wont have to regret that I let alcohol completely rob me out of my life
Don’t have to worry that I will loose my job just because one night I will get wasted and decide to resign just so I don’t have to go to work
I am not completely broke financially and have weekly income
Don’t have to be paranoid in the morning that I have texted something weird to someone or that I have done something bad
Never have to worry what time liquor store opens or closes and if I make it on time
I have the freedom to go out any time without being scared of post drinking side effects
I am able to notice meaningful things around me that make my life more beautiful, meaningful and pleasurable.
I feel like I am starting to have a deeper connection with outside world

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