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100 Best Quotes About Addiction and Recovery


If you’re in recovery, it helps to have some motivation and inspiration to keep going. Sometimes, all it takes is a few words to remind you that you’re not alone and that change really is possible. That’s why we’ve compiled 100 of the best quotes about addiction and recovery from authors, celebrities, historical figures, and philosophers to provide you with new perspectives and hope as you face the difficult challenges ahead.

Best Quotes About Addiction and Recovery

  1. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  2. “Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery, there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing.” – Dean Dauphinais
  3. “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” – Carrie Fisher
  4. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
  5. Rosemary OConnor quote
  6. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
  7. “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.
  8. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  9. “When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d just had one more drink the night before? I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything.” – Meredith Bell
  10. when you feel like quitting,think aboutwhy youstarted
  11. “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.” – Carl Ferguson
  12. “Every addiction no matter what it is, is the result of trying to escape from something by going in the direction of a need that is currently not being met. In order to move past our addiction, we have to figure out what we are trying to use our addiction to get away from and what need we are trying to use our addiction to meet.” – Teal Swan
  13. “It takes a lot of strength to ride the storm of addiction, but it’s worth it.” – Maggie Swann
  14. “Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” – Ray Bradbury
  15. “Recovery is not simple abstinence. It’s about healing the brain, remembering how to feel, learning how to make good decisions, becoming the kind of person who can engage in healthy relationships, cultivating the willingness to accept help from others, daring to be honest, and opening up to doing.” – Debra Jay
  16. “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
  17. “Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” – Dr. Phil
  18. “The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.” – Somerset Maugham
  19. “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
  20. “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking forward.” – Charlotte Bronte
  21. “At the bottom of everyone’s dependency, there is always pain. Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.” – Chris Prentiss
  22. I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it's a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.
  23. “The best gift you can give, besides your unconditional love, is to be strong for them when they are present and stronger for yourself when they are not!” – David Cooke
  24. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Charlotte Whitton
  25. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  26. “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.” – Gary Oldman
  27. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
  28. “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
  29. “Bring it up, make amends, forgive yourself. It sounds simple, but don’t think for a second that it’s easy. Getting free from the tyranny of past mistakes can be hard work, but definitely worth the effort. And the payoff is health, wholeness, and inner peace. In other words, you get your life back.” – Steve Goodier
  30. “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you’re moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  31. “No one’s happiness but my own is my power to achieve or to destroy.” – Ayn Rand
  32. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell
  33. “We are different, but we are not alone. I can hold myself accountable for the strength of trying.” – Anonymous/Buzzfeed
  34. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you couldn’t hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the time will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  35. “Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind.” – Anne Fletcher
  36. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn
  37. “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future.” – Steve Maraboli
  38. “Recovery is something you have to work on every single day and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.” – Demi Lovato
  39. “Every noble work is at first impossible.” – Thomas Carlyle
  40. “The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
  41. “The first step is to say you can!” – Will Smith
  42. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Saenz
  44. “Do or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda
  45. “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
  46. “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
  47. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
  48. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks
  49. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie
  50. “Dreams don’t work until you do.” – John C. Maxwell
  51. “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” – Nicole Reed
  52. “What comes of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
  53. “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” – Vince Lombardi
  54. “I understood, through 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.” – Samuel L. Jackson
  55. “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.” – Anonymous
  56. “I have always knocked at the door of that wonderful and terrible enigma which is life.” – Eugenio Montale
  57. “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” – Abraham Lincoln
  58. “What is addiction really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about about a plight that must be understood.” – Alice Miller
  59. “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.” – Brene Brown
  60. “Anyone who has had their heart broken, learns to keep a little safety area. Even now in my relationship, I have something I can call my own in case something goes wrong. You need a place to retreat to.” – Suzi Quatro
  61. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  62. “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
  63. “Keep steadily before you the fact that true success depends at last upon yourself.” – Theodore T. Hunger
  64. “A negative mind will never give you a positive life.” – Zig Ziglar
  65. “Everyone has inside them 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
  66. “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but human connection.” – Johann Hari
  67. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  68. “When you slip up and let yourself back into the old, toxic patterns of thinking, forgive yourself before you try to fix yourself.” – Vironika Tugaleva
  69. “There are multiple pathways of addiction recovery and all are a cause of celebration.” – William L. White
  70. “The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts – it gives you what you demand with your actions.” Steve Maraboli
  71. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  72. “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” – Albert Einstein
  73. “Never say anything about yourself you do not want to become true.” – Brian Tracy
  74. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – Anonymous
  75. “Success is the sum of all small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  76. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  77. “I really mean when I say my biggest fear in early recovery was that I would never have fun again. The beautiful truth is that recovery has given me freedom and the confidence to go out in the world and leave my own mark.” – Tom Stoddart
  78. “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
  79. “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
  80. “Taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them.” – Byron Katie
  81. “It’s difficult to feel sympathy for these people. It is difficult to regard some bawdy drunk and see them as sick and powerless. It is difficult to suffer the selfishness of a drug addict who will lie to you and steal from you and forgive them and offer them help. Can there be any other disease that renders its victims so unappealing?” – Russell Brand
  82. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash
  83. “With boundaries, it comes down to this, that you don’t support the illness, you support recovery.” – Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  84. “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” – William James
  85. “It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” – John Joseph Powell
  86. “Recovery is all about using our power to change our beliefs that are based on faulty data.” – Kevin McCormick
  87. “When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.” – Patrick Overton
  88. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo
  89. “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” – George Chakiris
  90. “One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and didn’t fall apart.” – Linda Poindexter
  91. “It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.” – Richard Evans
  92. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
  93. “Give love and opportunity, every child and adult can recover. All who know this and have the capacity to help others should assist as they can. – Dallin H. Oaks
  94. “You need to be bold enough and strong enough to let your loved one’s recovery unfold or not unfold as its as it is meant to, not as you want it to.” – Carole Bennett
  95. “When there is life, there is hope.” – Ron Grover
  96. “Don’t let the past steal your present.” – Terri Guillemets
  97. “Never quit. If you stumble, get back up. What happened yesterday no longer matters. Today is another day so get on track and move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it.” – Unknown
  98. “I have other obligations now–the show, my family, my life … though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn’t have any of those things.” – Rob Lowe
  99. “When you adopt a positive mindset, you are harnessing the power of choice.” – Victor Schueller
  100. “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” – Dale Carnegie

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