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65 Recovery and Addiction Quotes to Help You Heal

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Recovery and Addiction Quotes to Help You Heal

For anyone struggling with addiction, quotes about addiction resonate with you deeply. If you’re on your journey of recovery, or know someone who is, share these addiction quotes with them to show your support.

Many of life’s experiences are quite exhilarating, igniting that feeling of wanting more. Often times, these things are positive and fulfilling, whereas others can be more harmful and depleting. To have an addiction is to be consumed by a strong force that you must battle with every day.

Recovery and Addiction Quotes to Help You Heal

If you’re wondering if feeling hopeful as you read these quotes is a mistake, it isn’t. How do we know? We looked to science to find the answer. An article published in Clinical Psychological Review reported that “There is evidence that optimism is associated with taking proactive steps to protect one’s health, whereas pessimism is associated with health-damaging behaviors.” And, if you’re not naturally optimistic, don’t despair.

Multiple studies show that optimism can be developed. The International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction published a study where they reported that delinquent boys successfully changed their thought process from pessimistic to optimistic.

It is not easy to jump into recovery – but every step toward it is something to be proud of. If you or a loved one is struggling with any addiction, there is a way out.

Use these quotes on addiction to help you persevere through the darkness, and find motivation through your journey.

50 Addiction Quotes about recovery and healing

1. “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Brontë

Addiction Quotes on looking upwards

2. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Addiction Quotes on self belief

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

Addiction Quotes on pushing yourself

4. “Don’t let the past steal your present.” – Terri Guillemets

Addiction Quotes about the present

5. “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.” – Russel Brand

Addiction Quotes about mentality

6. “Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley

Addiction Quotes to uplift you

7. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Addiction Quotes to motivate you

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

Addiction Quotes to keep you moving

9. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

Addiction Quotes on the best way out

10. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

Addiction Quotes on destiny

Addiction quotes to inspire and motivate you

11. “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

Addiction Quotes to keep you going

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

Addiction Quotes to help you rise

13. “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 stronger.” – Samuel L. Jackson

Addiction Quotes on being understood

14.) “When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” – Unknown

Addiction Quotes to inspire you

15. “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

Addiction Quotes on putting your life together

16. “Change your behaviors and your feelings will follow.” – Susan McManhon

Addiction Quotes on changing your behaviors

17. “All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Addiction Quotes about stress

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

Addiction Quotes on becoming the person you want

19. “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

Addiction Quotes on never giving out

20. “Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” – Chinese proverb

Addiction Quotes on being patient

Recovery and addiction quotes to empower you

21. “Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.” – Henry Ford

Addiction Quotes on obstacles

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

Addiction Quotes to empower you

23. “No other road, no other way, no day but today.” – Jonathan Larson

Addiction Quotes to help you find your way

24. “Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.” – Bill Wilson

Addiction Quotes about tough times

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

Addiction Quotes that will change how you think

26. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz

Addiction Quotes on carrying your load

27. “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Addiction Quotes on remaking yourself

28. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

Addiction Quotes to give you direction

29. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb

Addiction Quotes and proverbs

30. “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.

Addiction Quotes to give you confidence

Recovery and addiction quotes to help you see the brighter side

31. “Recovery is not a race. You don’t have to feel guilty if it takes you longer than you thought it would.” – Unknown

32. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

33. “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” – Zig Ziglar

34. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

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

36. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

37. “The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” – Bishop W.C. Magee

38. “Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life.” – Brené Brown

39. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day, begin the task anew.” – Saint Francis de Sales

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

Addiction quotes to help you achieve it

41. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort

42. “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”  – Arthur C. Clarke

43. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

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

45. “Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.” – J. Petit Senn

46. “If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

47. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

48. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu

49. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”  – Wayne W. Dyer

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

Recovery and addiction quotes to make you strong

51.) “We’re all addicted to something that takes away the pain.”― Boys Like Girls

52.) “Recovery is taking all twelve steps…over and over and over and over…”― Toni Sorenson

53.) “We should be open to change to ensure that our addiction to life always remains under check.”― Dr Prem Jagyasi

54.) “One thing you must realize is that: you either kill your addiction or your addiction will eventually kill you.”― Oche Otorkpa

55.) “There are people who are addicted to sadness the way others are addicted to coffee or cigarettes.”― Marty Rubin

56.) “Addiction denied is recovery delayed.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

57.) “It’s okay to bleed on someone who didn’t cut you. Don’t wait until you’re scarred over to ask for help. Healing starts when the wound is still new.”― Toni Sorenson

58.) “Just because something is familiar, doesn’t mean it’s safe. And just because something feels safe, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.”― Brittany Burgunder

59.) “The Power to redefine your life and purpose is in your hands, use it effectively like a wise person.”― Oche Otorkpa

60.) “If today is your past come tomorrow, then make your past your future of today.”― Darrel Loyd

61.) “Addiction brings apathy. Break the apathy, and you break the addiction.”― Mango Wodzak

62.) “Addiction is a repeated temporary…stilling. I am concerned with peace…not mere relief.”― Edward Albee

63.) “Your addiction is not you, but it feels like you because you’ve spent so much intimate time together.”― Toni Sorenson

64.) “Too much of a good thing is toxic.”― Aysha Taryam

65.) “Your addiction to daily distraction denies you of effectiveness.”― Bernard Kelvin Clive

Which of these quotes on addiction motivated you the most today?

Addiction recovery is achievable. Every time you wake up and set your mind to focus on positivity and wellness is a stride closer to improvement. Although it may not always be easy and there may come moments of doubt, just dig within, take a few breaths, and remember how far you have come.

Quotes give us the sense that we’re not alone and that others have walked the path we’re on toward recovery. But does the path end? Is there a place where life stops being about the daily struggle and allows a recovered addict to turn their attention toward enjoying life, loving the people in their life, and themselves?

The headlines are full of stories of addiction and overdoses. Stories of hope and recovery aren’t deemed newsworthy by the mainstream media. We see it differently. Stories of recovery are as important as reporting the problems that need to be solved. Recovery stories lighten our hearts and give us a reason for hope.

No one becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol because they’re bad people. Most of the time it begins because someone doesn’t have the skills to manage the stress they’re experiencing in a healthier way. We all want to feel better and if no one taught us how to do that without drugs or alcohol, those are easy ways to feel better. Learning skills that reduce stress reduces the risk of relapse because they help you feel better without drugs or alcohol.

Every recovery is different. Many people relapse before their recovery becomes stable. You can skip the relapse but if you don’t, you can begin your recovery journey again. This time you’ll be wiser from what you learned before. The key is to have hope and keep moving in the direction you want to go.

Our hope is that the quotes above have resonated with you and given you the strength you need to recover. Whenever you need that extra push of motivation, pull out these quotes on addiction to remind you that change really is possible.

** Drug or Alcohol Addiction Recovery Helpline (1-888-319-2606), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)**

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