Ask yourself; “What is the cost?”

Ask yourself; “What is the cost?”

With everything we do there is a benefit and there is a cost. When we look at both of them we get a clear idea of the things that we do in life. For this example, we will look at the benefit/costs of the substances we use. For example, as a benefit we are able to self-medicate for our problems in a “right now” kind of way, long term this may not be a good idea but in the short term it does the trick. The cost is often our families and lives in general. A positive for not using may be that we are no longer isolating, ashamed, or hiding from ourselves; overall a healthier life. A negative for remaining sober; let’s face it dealing with our emotions can be a painful and messy business. Again hiding from our emotions is not a sustainable or long term way to handle our problems. They don’t go away; they just get quiet for a time.

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What!?! You mean that there are positives and negatives to everything that we do? YES.  You always have a choice. It is the result’s that you have to decide to live with. In the chart fill out the positives and negatives or using or not. This helps you know all of the results so you can make an informed choice as to what is right for you.

Author: Steve D.

Steve Daggett, SUDP(CDP), ADC-2, USN-Ret Sunrise Services, Inc. Substance Use Disorder Supervisor, Island County

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