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Addiction Recovery Quotes that inspire to stay sober.

  • Recovery is hard. Regret is harder. Brittany Burgunder

  • If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. Paulo Coelho

  • I’m here to tell you that if you get broken, it’s possible to put yourself back together. I’m here to tell you that if you get lost, it’s possible that a light will come, dancing, on the horizon, to lead you home. Nick Lake

  • Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. August WilsonCourage

  • This is what I think. Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s a fuckedup way, like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap. Tess Callahan

  • The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway

  • Real hope combined with real action has always pulled me through difficult times. Real hope combined with doing nothing has never pulled me through. Jenni Schaefer

  • That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn’t matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover. Craig Ferguson

The little-mentioned paradox of substance addiction is: once you are sufficiently enslaved by a substance to need to quit the substance in order to save your life, the enslaving substance has become so deeply important to you that you will all but lose your mind when it is taken away from you. David Foster Wallace

It is important to our healing that we sort out the belief systems we adopt; belief systems that were taught to us and because they are so full of lies, they lead to all kinds of depressions, addictions and other struggles while we try to cope with the manifestations of the problems instead of the roots of the problems. Darlene Ouimet

God made you for His pleasure. And He made you intrinsically needy and dependent on His unspeakable joy. If you are struggling with sin our addiction, don’t try to kill your appetite for pleasure. It is impossible. Just direct it to the source of all pleasure. You will be amazed to find that He has perfectly and supernaturally designed you to have all your deepest needs met in Him. John Crowder

Compassion is the most powerful tool you can have when it comes to healing addictions of any kind. Put simply, what your partner needs most from you is compassion. Christopher Kennedy Lawford

My identity shifted when I got into recovery. That’s who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else, because it keeps me in a manageable size. Eric Clapton

Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing. Robert Downey, Jr.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma GandhiOne who will not accept solitude, stillness and quiet recurring moments… is caught up in the wilderness of addictions; far removed from an original state of being and awareness. This is ‘disease. T.F. Hodge

There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. Dalai Lama XIV

Rising from the ashes, I am born again, powerful, exultant, majestic through all the pain. Shannon Perry

No one consciously chooses addiction to a substance or behavior over his partner. There are always reasons powerful ones why a person retreats into addiction. Christopher Kennedy Lawford

I found the prospect daunting, but somehow comforting, too, because the counselors insisted it could be done, and, after all, many of them were recovering alcoholics themselves. Craig Ferguson

From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king. J.R.R. Tolkien

Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable. R.D. Laing

Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn’t end there. Bucky Sinister

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Positive Addiction Recovery Quotes


Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Jim Rohn

From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism… I’ve been the lead in movies, on television shows and nominated for Emmy. But the best thing I can say about me is that people who can’t stop drinking come up to me and say, ‘Can you help me?’ And I can say, ‘Yes.’ Matthew Perry

Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it but also the father who wipes away the tears. Criss Jami

It takes strength and courage to admit the truth. Rick Riordan

Anything that inspires addiction or obsession substances, entertainment, beauty, secrecy is dangerous in that it can lead to isolation, selfabsorption, and disconnection, to paralyzed stasis: an immobility that gathers like a force. Greg Carlisle

One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery. Demi Lovato

Human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. If we can’t connect with each other, we will connect with whatever we can find … It is disconnection that drives addiction. Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. John Wayne

Even when I took the drugs I realized that this just wasn’t fun anymore. The drugs had become a part of my routine. Something to wake me up. Something to help me sleep. Something to calm my nerves. There was a time when I was able to wake up, go to sleep, and have fun without a pill or a line to help me function. These days it felt like I might have a nervous breakdown if I didn’t have them. Cherie Currie

They tell you how it’ll all get better and better as you abstain and recover: they somehow omit to mention that the way it gets better and you get better is through pain. Not around pain, or in spite of it. David Foster Wallace

Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships. It cannot occur in isolation. Judith Herman

The priority of any addict is to anesthetize the pain of living to ease the passage of day with some purchased relief. Russell Brand

Change must start from the individual. And the individual must want and feel ready to make such change. Efrat Cybulkiewicz

In a way, we’re all addicts by nature. Shannon Mullen

Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier. Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it. John Grisham

You are not an alcoholic or an addict. You are not incurably diseased. You have merely become dependent on substances or addictive behavior to cope with underlying conditions that you are now going to heal, at which time your dependency will cease completely and forever. Chris Prentiss

I believe in recovery, and as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it. Ann Richards

It gave him instant gratification in a way nothing else did, and as was the case with all addicts, gratification was the important thing. Jeet Thayil

Sin in the world destroys people’s lives through lust, sickness and addiction. Sunday Adelaja

You can’t defeat the darkness by keeping it caged inside of you. Seth Adam Smith

If you are the Old Guy In The Punk House, move out. You have a substance abuse problem. Bucky Sinister

For me, recovery and selfcare are inextricably connected. My recovery from abuse, addiction, and a suicide attempt required dumptruck loads of selfcare. Steve Austin

Alcoholism is above all a disease of denial. David Stafford

The most important thing you can do to support your partner in his [or her]recovery is to show that you are truly supportive and on his [or her]side. Christopher Kennedy Lawford


It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop. Confucius

Everything you need to heal is inside yourself. You only need support and encouragement to listen to yourselfto your thoughts, feelings, imagery, and inner spiritual urgings. A book, like a therapist or group, can only guide you, helping you to say out loud what you dared not say even to yourself. Renee Fredrickson

Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive. Cassandra Clare

Hardships make or break people. Margaret Mitchell

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. Steve Maraboli

Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. Harper Lee

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. Mary Anne Radmacher

Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength. Chris Bradford

I think Amy Winehouse’s decision not to go to rehab was a bad one. Robert Clark

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear. Mark Twain

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal. Criss Jami

An overindulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate. Criss Jami

You’ve recognized a fundamental feature of an addict’s life. Maintaining your habit is so important you’ve no real interest in anything else. Marian Keyes

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela

No matter how dark the night may get, your light will never burn out. Jeanette LeBlanc

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audre Lorde

The beauty of being shattered is how the shards become our character and our marks of distinction. This is how we are refined by our pain. Bryant McGill

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers

And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear. Paulo Coelho

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. C.G. Jung

I cannot stand the words Get over it. All of us are under such pressure to put our problems in the past tense. Slow down. Don’t allow others to hurry your healing. It is a process, one that may take years, occasionally, even a lifetime and that’s OK. Beau Taplin

We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are. Madeleine L’Engle

Sometimes we self-sabotage just when things seem to be going smoothly. Perhaps this is a way to express our fear about whether it is okay for us to have a better life. We are bound to feel anxious as we leave behind old notions of our unworthiness. The challenge is not to be fearless, but to develop strategies of acknowledging our fears and finding out how we can allay them. Maureen Brady

My only choice was to fight my way out, even if I didn’t think I would make it. Laurie Halse Anderson

You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. We were created to be victorious. Joel Osteen


Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell. Carrie Fisher

I’m fighting my way into existence, and I will keep doing so until the end of time. Charlotte Eriksson

I am fallen, flawed and imperfect. Yet drenched in the grace and mercy that is found in Jesus Christ, there is strength. Adam Young

You feel your strength in the experience of pain. Jim Morrison

Keep up your faith to go high and fly, even after so many pains and sorrow. You can turn from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Life gives you a second change: a call to grow. Ana Claudia Antunes

What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood. Alice Miller

You know you’re an alcoholic when you misplace things … like a decade. Paul Williams

The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope. Russell Brand

Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap. Tess Callahan

If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them that sorrows know how to swim. Ann Landers

Quotes To Motivate and Inspire You for Addiction Recovery

All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. Jon KabatZinn

Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you. Dr. Phil

Don’t let the past steal your present. Terri Guillemets

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. Ramona L. Anderson

I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?’ And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk. Craig Ferguson

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you. Aldous Huxley

You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways: if you let it consume you, you come out a cinder; but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be consumed, and comes out a star. Jean Church

We honor ourselves when we speak out for recovery. We show the world that recovery matters because it brings hope and peace into the lives of individuals and their loved ones. Beth Wilson

Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don’t ever want to be again. Shane Niemeyer

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths. Drew Barrymore

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the notquite, the notyet, the notatall. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. Ayn Rand

When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top. Anonymous

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen Keller

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. Benjamin Disraeli

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is. Bill W.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing that’s why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar

recovery quotes

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. J.K. Rowling

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

It’s not the drugs that make a drug addict. It’s the need to escape reality. Unknown

Additions started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn’t seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life decisions. And they were less intelligent than goldfish. William Gibson

At every stage, addiction is driven by one of the most powerful, mysterious, and vital forces of human existence. What drives addiction is longing a longing not just of brain, belly or loin, but finally of the heart. Cornelius Platinga

Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside. Unknown

Addiction when you can give up something any time, as long as it’s next Tuesday. Nikki Sixx

At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of the pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain. Frank Tallis

We don’t choose to be addicted; what we choose to do is deny our pain. Unknown

Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a hundred times. Mark Twain

I didn’t even know I was addicted until I tried to stop. Unknown

Imagine trying to live without air. Now imagine something worse. Amy Reed

Addiction: the disease that makes you too selfish to see the havoc that you created or care about the people whose lives you shattered. Unknown

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they don’t have any. Alice Walker

You must do the things you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Carl Bard

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher

If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. Muhammad Ali

One step at a time. One day at a time. One hour at a time. Unknown


If things go wrong, don’t go with them. Roger Babson

I understood, though rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger. Samuel L. Jackson

Remember just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there. Robert Downey Jr.

Recovery is something you have to work on every single day, and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off. Demi Lovato

I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say, ‘Hi, my name is Sam, and I am an addict. Samuel J. Jackson

I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society. Wildeyed, shaven headed and living in a filthy squat. That was until I became one… Cathryn Kemp

When you can stop, you don’t want to, and when you to stop, you can’t. Luke Davies

It is not I who became addicted. It is my body. Jean Cocteau

One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough. Brendan F. Behan

Recovery from addiction requires hard work, a proper attitude and learning skills to stay sober, not drinking alcohol or using other drugs. Successful drug recovery or alcohol recovery involves changing attitudes, acquiring knowledge, and developing skills to meet the many challenges of sobriety. Dr. Dennis Daley

I used drugs to feel better. I quit drugs to be better. Unknown

Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles, and you have to change it. James Lee Curtis

Recovery: It will be challenging. It will be worth it. You will relapse, and that’s ok, as long as you keep fighting. Unknown

There is no shame in beginning again, for you to get a chance to build bigger and better than before. Unknown

Recovery is not for people who need it. It’s for people who want it. Unknown

Never underestimate a recovering addict. We fight for our lives every day in ways most people will never understand. Unknown

There’s not a drug on earth that can make life meaningful. Unknown

Recovery is a process. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes everything you’ve got. Unknown

Be stronger than your strongest excuse. Unknown

It’s a beautiful day to be sober. Unknown

Someone once told me, ‘I heard you finally got rid of your addiction.’ I smiled and said, ‘No, addiction doesn’t work like that. Once you have it, you will always have it. I just choose not to feed it. Unknown

You don’t get over an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use. If you don’t create a new life, then all the factors that brought you to your addiction will catch up with you again. Unknown

If you chased your recovery like you chased your high, you would never relapse again. Unknown

Drugs take you to hell, disguised as heaven. Donald Lyn Frost

It’s gonna get harder before it gets easier, but it will get better. You just gotta make it through the hard stuff first. Unknown

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging. Unknown

It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and other are not. Unknown

Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out. Unknown

Recovery is about progression, not perfection. Unknown

I am not defined by my relapses, but in my decision to remain in recovery despite them. Unknown


Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. C.S. Lewis

I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was. Unknown

It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars. Richard Evans

The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t have to drink. Unknown

My recovery must come first, so that everything I love in life does not have to come last. Unknown

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. Unknown

No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible. George Chakiris

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. Charlotte Brontë

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you. Russell Brand

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. Agnes Repplier

When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. Believe me, it has nothing new to say. Unknown

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. Elbert Hubbard

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. John Wayne

What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself. Hecato

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on. Bill Cosby

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger something better, pushing right back. Albert Camus

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. Joseph Campbell

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anaïs Nin

The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now. Bill Cosby

Not feeling is no replacement for reality. Your problems today are still your problems tomorrow. Larry Michael Dredla

I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done. Robert Downey Jr.

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. Charlotte Whitton

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. Rosa Parks

When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d had just one more drink the night before? I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything. Meredith Bell

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. Yogi Berra

Amazing how we can light tomorrow with today. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. Georgia O’Keeffe

Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself. Theodore T. Hunger

Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true. Brian Tracy

As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move. Katharine Hepburn


If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime. Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it. J. Petit Senn

We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely … change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now. George Sheehan

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. Antoine de SaintExupery

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. Bernard Williams

I dwell in possibility. Emily Dickinson

The only journey is the one within. Rainer Maria Rilke

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. Michael Jordan

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe

Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery. Mahatma Gandhi

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

Once I was clearheaded, and I hadn’t been clearheaded in so long, I was like, I can never go back. And I’m still thankful. Travis Barker

If it wasn’t for that rehab center, I probably wouldn’t have been here. In terms of recovery, it has been very important for me to be a part of a recovery community, to actively be around my people because they understand me. They get it. Macklemore

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! Anne Frank

Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower. Shigenori Kameoka

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wild

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller

When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way. Dalai Lama

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. Marie Curie

Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once. Paulo Coelho

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. Dr. Seuss

Addiction begins with the hope that something out there can instantly fill up the emptiness inside. Jean Kilbourne

Hope is a good thing, maybe even the best of things, and good things never die. Stephen King

Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward. Brian Tracy

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

quotes about determination and perseverance

Courage is found in unlikely places. J.R.R. Tolkien

Proverbs About Addiction Recovery

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. African Proverb

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

The best time to plant a tree was years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese Proverb

Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. Chinese Proverb

Adapt the remedy to the disease. Chinese Proverb

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. Zen proverb

Control your emotions or they will control you. Chinese Proverb

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. Chinese Proverb

Either do not begin or, having begun, do not give up. Chinese Proverb

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. Chinese Proverb

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy.

First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes a man.

It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.

Addiction Recovery Quotes By Celebrities

Cause sometimes you just feel tired. Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you. You gotta find that inner strength. And just pull it out of you, and get that motivation to not give up, and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face. Eminem

In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths. Drew Barrymore

I’ve wanted to feel pleasure to the point of insanity. They call it getting high, because it’s wanting to know that higher level, that godlike level. You want to touch the heavens, you want to feel glory and euphoria, but the trick is it takes work. Anthony Kiedis


Addictions don’t just get better. They’re either actively fought or actively fed. Colleen Hoover

It’s been a learning process, I’m growing. I couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody, ‘it does get better.’ Eminem

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom. Edgar Allan Poe

And that’s what it’s like for me in recovery at times. Afraid to take on responsibility, new sponsees or something, or allowing myself to stand up and shine… I’ve got new tools, I’ve got new hope, new love, new respect for myself. James Hetfield

I’ve been sober for years now. It wasn’t like you flick a switch, and you’re sober. It takes a while. You have to learn how to do everything all over again. There is life after addiction, and it’s really good. If I had known, I’d have stopped earlier. Joe Walsh

I went to hell and back, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Then I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in, happy about life and comfortable in my skin. Drew Barrymore

A lot of people think that addiction is a choice. A lot of people think it’s a matter of will. That has not been my experience. I don’t find it to have anything to do with strength. Matthew Perry

It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with. Fergie

My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life… but it takes work hard, painful work but the help is there, in every town and career, drug/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide. Jamie Lee Curtis

I realized that I only had two choices: I was either going to die or I was going to live, and which one did I want to do? And then I said those words, ‘I’ll get help,’ or, ‘I need help. I’ll get help.’ And my life turned around. Ridiculous for a human being to take years to say, ‘I need help.’ Sir Elton John

It is years since I used drugs or alcohol and my life has improved immeasurably. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships and, generally, a bright outlook… The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational. Russell Brand

To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life. Samuel Johnson

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’ Audrey Hepburn

I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me, spiritually and financially. Denzel Washington

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