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467 Inspirational Eating Disorder Recovery Quotes (2023)

1. “It’s never too lateto be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot


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


3. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ~Dr. Seuss


4. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius


5. “I am worthy of inner peace.”


6. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius


7. “It’s been said that alcoholics are egomaniacs with low self-esteem. It’s the perfect description. Being larger than life and yet your pride is crushed with self-loathing.” - Gary Oldman, actor


8. “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.’”– Anonymous


9. “Addiction, at its worst, is akin to having Stockholm Syndrome. You’re like a hostage who has developed an irrational affection for your captor. They can abuse you, torture you, even threaten to kill you, and you’ll remain inexplicably and disturbingly loyal.” - Anne Clendening, writer and yoga instructor


10. “You have to break down before you can break through.” ~ Marilyn Ferguson


11. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” ~Zen proverb


12. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” – Ayn Rand


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


14. "One thing I have come to notice in my life is that recovery for me has not been linear. It’s more two steps forward, three back, five forward, two back, so I’m always improving but there are setbacks within the improvement.” — Jonathan Van Ness


15. I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. – Anonymous


16. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~Confucius


17. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw


18. Given 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


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


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


21. “Don't pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It actually is simple, but it isn't easy: it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring.” - Russell Brand


22. “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


23. “People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.” - Wendell Berry, writer


24. “Recovery is not for people who need it. It’s for people who want it.” – Unknown


25. “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


26. “What I do today creates a better tomorrow.”


27. “For people who drink too much, the problem isn't really about booze. It's about an inability to deal with life ... What giving up booze does is allow you to look at yourself through an untainted mirror for the first time.” - Collin Farrel, actor


28. “Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.” - Deborah Day, author


29. “Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.” ~ Robert Downey Jr.


30. “Being in recovery has given me everything of value that I have in my life. Integrity, honesty, fearlessness, faith, a relationship with God, and most of all gratitude. It's given me a beautiful family and an amazing career. I'm under no illusions where I would be without the gift of alcoholism and the chance to recover from it.” - Rob Lowe, actor


31. “Today I will do my best. If I have a good day, I will be proud of myself. If I have a bad day, I will not dwell on it, I will forgive myself, I will put it behind me and I will continue to move forward in my recovery”


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


33. "For some, [binge eating disorder] is a coping mechanism to manage emotional distress, therefore it’s important to understand where the drive to use food for comfort is coming from."— Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN, CSSD


34. “Don’t let the past steal your present.” ~ Terri Guillemets


35. “One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” – Demi Lovato


36. "I know it sounds scary.. not counting calories. It sounds like losing control. It sounds like gaining weight. Forever. At first it will feel like losing control. You may gain weight too. But not tracking your calories is freedom. And everyone deserves to have that, you deserve to have a life where you are not a slave to calories."— Zeynep Demirelli, MSc.


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


38. “If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” – Roger Babson


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


40. "If you don’t know someone’s history with food, please don’t comment on their body. Because even if your intention is pure, it might leave that person awake at 2 a.m. overthinking that statement."— Demi Lovato


41. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you have no strength.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


42. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” - Audre Lorde, writer and womanist


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


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


45. “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


46. “Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life… including you.” – Kelly Rudolph


47. “Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.” – Jimmy Connors


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


49. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss


50. “Part of recovery is relapse. I dust myself off and move forward again.” – Steven Alder


51. Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind. – Anne Fletcher


52. “You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” — Shannon L. Adler


53. "[Recovery] feels like having to learn how to walk all over again.” — Portia de Rossi


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


55. “I have learned to accept myself for who I am” [Interview]


56. “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, athlete and motivational speaker


57. “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, rapper


58. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~George Addair


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


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


61. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” ~Japanese proverb


62. 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


63. Recovery Didn’t Open The Gates Of Heaven And Let Me In.


64. "At least 10% of the population are struggling with an eating disorder, disordered eating, and or body image."— National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)


65. "If I had just been sort of shunned to the side as not having 'real problems,' I don't know that I would be living today. I just want to make sure that everybody has the same opportunity for treatment that I have."— Troian Bellisario


66. “Alcoholism is above all a disease of denial.” ~ David Stafford


67. “Part of recovery is relapse. I dust myself off and move forward again.” ~ Steven Alder


68. “Recovery is about progression, not perfection.” ~ Anonymous


69. “Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.” ~ Brittany Burgunder


70. “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I'd been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on this earth as though I had a right to be here." – James Baldwin, writer


71. "This disorder doesn't discriminate. It affects 30 million people in the United States alone, both men and women of all different ages. This is not a teenage girls' disease."— Candace Cameron Bure


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


73. “Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.”– Norman B. Rice, politician


74. "Toxic nutrition messaging is more harmful for your health than food will ever be."— Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S


75. "You might say, 'This is difficult for me to ask, however, I notice you are focused more on the content of food and your body and have been eating less when we are together. I am worried about you and, if you are struggling, I want to know how I can support you.' Allow your loved one to then share their experience and speak as you listen supportively."— Eating Disorder Hope (EDH)


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


77. “Addiction quitting is to stop feeding your addiction.” ~ Invajy


78. "The most important thing we can do is not only admit it to ourselves but then to reach out for that help. The first step is exposing that secret and that struggle, and you have to take that first step before you can find freedom."— Candace Cameron Bure


79. “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


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


81. I Would Rather Go Through Life Sober, Believing I Am An Alcoholic,


82. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and politician


83. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ~The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


84. "Living with an eating disorder takes extraordinary fortitude. And when that energy can be circumvented in a different way, incredible things happen."— Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S


85. “The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the person perfected without trials.” ~Chinese proverb


86. "If you're around someone who you know is in a bad place and is struggling, try to help by saying something. I wasn't in a position or in a state of mind to help myself, and if my mom hadn't said anything who knows how long I would have suffered?"— Lauren Alaina


87. I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday’s gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That’s why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift… for those who are willing to receive it. – Ace Frehley


88. “I wanted a drink [because] I didn’t want to feel what I was feeling, and a voice within was telling me that I needed a drink, that I couldn’t bear it without it. But that voice is a liar. You can always bear the pain. It’ll hurt, it’ll burn like acid in an open wound, but you can stand it. And, as long as you can make yourself go on choosing the pain over the relief, you can keep going.” - Lawrence Block, author


89. “An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.” - Lydia M. Child, abolitionist


90. "Nobody can make you to feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


91. “I am becoming who I want to be.”


92. “I deserve to be sober.”


93. “The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines.” – Richard Rohr


94. “Being strong isn’t being able to starve yourself for three weeks. Being strong is being able to get out of your eating disorder and becoming healthy, even when the voice in your head won’t let you. Ignoring this voice, ana or mia or both, IS being the strongest, so don’t ever give up”


95. “When your past calls, don’t answer. It has nothing new to say.” ~ Anonymous


96. "I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she's worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything."— Demi Lovato


97. “I think it’s important for me to show the world that sobriety hasn’t made me soft. I’m on a mission to prove I’m still a nutcase.”― Steve-O, television personality


98. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


99. “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” ~ David Richo


100. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher


101. “I’m not telling you it is going to be easy; I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” ~ Art Williams


102. “Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don't change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal.” - Robert Downey Jr, actor


103. “Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. The descent is easy and often slippery.” — Mahatma Gandhi


104. “Life is a series of relapses and recoveries.” ~ George Ade


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


106. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer


107. "Every behavior has a purpose – eating disorders included. These behaviors develop to meet an unmet need. For some that might be control, while for others the behaviors might provide a sense of comfort or numbness."— EDCare


108. “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


109. “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


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


111. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha


112. “If you get, give. If you learn, teach.”– Maya Angelou, poet and activist


113. “There’s not a drug on Earth that can make life meaningful.” – Sarah Kane, playwright


114. “You’re not responsible for your disease, but you are responsible for your behavior.”


115. “Sometimes when in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, when actually you’ve been planted.’ - Christine Caine, author


116. “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


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


118. “Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles, and you have to change.” – Jamie Lee Curtis


119. “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, so long as you dont stop”


120. “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


121. “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” ~ Audrey Hepburn


122. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison


123. “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ~ Lao Tzu


124. “My worst days in recovery are better than the best days in relapse.” - Kate Le Page


125. "It's also important to recognize that for anyone who experiences chronic pain, illness or impairments, it can feel like an impossibility to accept or respect a body that seems to be working against you. And that reality is not often acknowledged in these conversations.” — Megan Jayne Crabbe


126. “That’s at least in part why I ingested chemical waste—it was a kind of desire to abbreviate myself. To present the CliffNotes of the emotional me, as opposed to the twelve-column read. I used to refer to my drug use as putting the monster in the box. I wanted to be less, so I took more—simple as that.” - Carrie Fisher, actress


127. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubinstein


128. “Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom.” ~ Sharon Salzberg


129. "If you can't tell someone they look nice without making it about their size, then baby, please don't say nuthin at all."— Tess Holliday


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


131. “I refuse to give up on myself.”


132. “Addiction denied is recovery delayed.”- Mokokoma Mokhonoana


133. “You have to break down before you can break through.” ~Marilyn Ferguson


134. "Restriction is the gateway to eating disorders."— Chevese Turner


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


136. "Eating disorders are dangerous at any age, and they become especially dangerous when there are delays in getting help."— Pamela Keel, PhD


137. The Goal Isn’t To Be Sober. The Goal Is To Love Yourself So Much That You Don’t Need To Drink.


138. “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” – George Bernard Shaw


139. A negative mind will never give you a positive life. – Zig Ziglar


140. “Don’t let the past steal your present.” – Cherríe L. Morga


141. “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


142. “If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.”– Buddha


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


144. “The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” - Maya Angelou, poet and activist


145. “Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind.” – Anne Fletcher


146. “Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside.” ~ Anonymous


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


148. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” — Napoleon Bonaparte


149. 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


150. “Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” ~Robert H. Schuller


151. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”- Duke Ellington


152. "I still struggle. Daily. There are periods of time where I forget about my food struggles and other times it’s all I think about. Still. But that is what [eating disorder] recovery looks like for some people and I still have hope that someday I won’t think about it anymore."— Demi Lovato


153. "Recovery from an eating disorder can take months, even years. Slips, backslides, and relapse tend to be the rule, rather than the exception. Re-learning normal eating habits and coping skills can take a long period of time and often requires lots of support from professionals, friends, and family. Moving forward is key, however slow it might be."— National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)


154. “I change when I’m drunk. I’m one of those people who changes…There is something in any person who drinks in a way that’s clearly not good for them, something that is attracted to that chaos.” - Daniel Radcliffe, actor


155. “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” – Paul Simon


156. "Everyone kept asking me if I wanted to die. Well, no. No I didn't want to die. But no one ever asked me if I wanted to live."— Brittany Burgunder


157. "I battled with many eating disorders and body issues as a younger girl and it took me a long time to find self love and acceptance! Trust me, all of that pain and destruction I inflicted on myself wasn't worth it."— Ireland Baldwin


158. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”- Mary Anne Radmacher


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


160. There Is No Shame In Beginning Again,


161. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” - Benjamin Alire Saenz, writer


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


163. “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, television host


164. “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse


165. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz


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


167. "If an individual’s conversations appear to be hyper-fixated on losing weight, altering themselves, thinness, food, nutritional content, exercise regimens and other aspects of food and body, it is important to notice this, ask more questions, and gently challenge any dangerous beliefs."— Eating Disorder Hope (EDH)


168. “Thinking about not drinking forever was very scary, but once I did it wasn’t hard anymore because I had all of these miracles happen that let me know I was on exactly the right path.” - Lana Del Rey, singer-songwriter


169. I Know You’re Tired, I Know You Feel Like Giving Up, But You’re Not Going To.


170. I Am Not Defined By My Relapses,


171. “You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.” – Dan Millman


172. “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


173. “You feel your strength in the experience of pain.” ~ Jim Morrison


174. "Complimenting someone on their weight loss can be as harmful as complimenting someone on their weight gain in regards to talking to someone in recovery from an eating disorder."— Demi Lovato


175. “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, photojournalist


176. “I think once I made up my mind that I was allergic to alcohol, and that’s what I learned, it made sense to me. And I think it was kind of pointed out that you know if you were allergic to strawberries, you wouldn’t eat strawberries. And that made sense to me.”- Betty Ford


177. “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.


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


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


180. “If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.”- Edith Wharton


181. “I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.” – Sade Andria Zabala


182. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get, you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker


183. “Your addiction to daily distraction denies you of effectiveness.”~ Bernard Kelvin Clive


184. “If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything.” – Katy Perry


185. “What was so painful about Amy [Winehouse]’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple; it actually is simple but it isn’t easy; it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring.” - Russell Brand, comedian


186. “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


187. "People who struggle with atypical anorexia may not always appear sick, but their symptoms are as valid as those of individuals who have anorexia."— Eating Disorder Hope (EDH)


188. “[Without sobriety] I would never be sitting here with you, no way, no chance. I never would have been able to have the relationships that I do. I never would have been able to take care of my father the way I did when he was sick. So many things." - Bradley Cooper, actor and filmmaker


189. 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


190. "I’d look in the mirror and still see a 180-lb. guy, even though I was 138 pounds."— Dennis Quaid


191. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius


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


193. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ~Babe Ruth


194. “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln


195. It’s Not That Some People Have Willpower And Some Don’t.


196. “In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.” - Andrea Dykstra, author


197. My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last. – Anonymous


198. “Sobriety is a journey, not a destination.”


199. "No one asks for an eating disorder. No one chooses to develop an eating disorder. No one does a thing that makes an eating disorder take place. Eating disorders happen, but never by virtue of choice. [...] Recovery happens, by virtue of countless choices."— Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S


200. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt


201. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine


202. “I think that the power is in 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.


203. “Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you–it’s the cage you live in.” - Johann Hari, writer


204. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


205. “You have to break down before you can breakthrough.” – Marilyn Ferguson


206. Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing. – Dan Buettner


207. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeve


208. "Shame has never led anyone to sustained healthy eating. It almost always leads to eating too little or too much, to exercising too little or too much. Shame invites bad habits, obsession and excess. When I am happy and confident is when I naturally make the best intuitive decisions for myself."— Jameela Jamil


209. “We accept many health insurance plans. Get your life back in order, take a look at our residential program.”


210. “I’m not telling you it is going to be easy; I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams


211. ‘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


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


213. “People are not addicted to alcohol or drugs, they are addicted to escaping reality.” ~ Anonymous


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


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


216. If You Find Yourself In A Hole,


217. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein


218. The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. – Dalai Lama


219. “I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society. Wild-eyed, shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat. That was until I became one.” - Cathryn Kemp, writer


220. "I had no idea how broken the eating disorder community is. I had no idea how few resources there are for people like me."— Tess Holliday


221. Recovery Is Not For People Who Need It,


222. “I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.” - Jessica Simpson, singer


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


224. “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” - Peter Marshall, minister


225. “First, you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


226. "I am angry that I starved my brain and that I sat shivering in my bed at night instead of dancing or reading poetry or eating ice cream or kissing a boy.” ― Laurie Halse Anderson


227. "Asking for help is never a sign of weakness. It’s one of the bravest things you can do. And it can save your life."— Lily Collins


228. “I’m not telling you it will be easy, I am telling you it is worth it”


229. "Please don’t be like me. Don’t waste your life. Don’t waste your precious time and your joy. Run towards recovery. Block: mute: delete: repeat ANYTHING OR ANYONE that makes you feel bad about the body you are meant to have."— Jameela Jamil


230. The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost


231. “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, author


232. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”


233. The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. – Henry Ward Beecher


234. “The way to measure your progress is backward against where you started, not against your ideal.” - Dan Sullivan, entrepreneur


235. "I wish for that time back. All that time that was supposed to be about discovering the world and who I was became wasted on making myself smaller and smaller. Imagine if we all stopped expending so much energy on trying to change our bodies. We could do anything we dreamed of."— Megan Jayne Crabbe


236. “a journey of 1000 miles begins with a first step”


237. "It's very important to seek treatment early for eating disorders. People with eating disorders often have other mental disorders such as depression, or anxiety, or problems with substance use. Importantly, complete recovery from eating disorders is possible. Treatment plans are tailored to individual needs and may include one or more of the following: individual, couple, or group psychotherapy, family-based treatment, medical care and medical monitoring, nutritional counseling, and also medication."— Cynthia Bulik, PhD


238. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” – Walt Disney


239. "I had an eating disorder that threatened my life, and I was very afraid to confront it. I got sicker, and the whole world kept telling me how much better I looked. That's why I realized I wanted to be part of the solution."— Kesha


240. These feelings, no matter how painful, are part of living. Today, we are alive—not anesthetized, not sedated, not passed out. Take control of your feelings and through action you can change. Today, as every day of sober living, we have a choice. – Ann D. Clark


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


242. "I went through depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, and a lot of confusion, because I didn't know what was going on. And I felt very alone and weird. It wasn’t til I got older that I realized that I was one of many, and there were so many people that had overcome what I was going through."— Brittany Snow


243. “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, actor


244. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE’!” ~Audrey Hepburn


245. "I think the hardest part to get to is that point of asking for help or reaching out to other people and being honest with yourself."— Mary-Kate Olsen


246. "It's very hard to let go of an eating disorder, to say: 'I'm enough, I don't need that anymore. I'm past that.' When people stared writing me saying: 'That really helped me,' it really empowered me, it made me think: 'This is way cooler than being the skinniest person in the room.'"— Evanna Lynch


247. "With anorexia, a lot of it is presenting a front of 'everything is okay' as you're slowly killing yourself. Gone were the days when I was just a happy, carefree kid who was running around, and suddenly I felt this inability to interact with people and to nourish myself."— Troian Bellisario


248. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.” – Buddhist Proverb


249. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ~Anne Frank


250. “Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo


251. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela


252. “Relapses are almost an inevitable part of any course of self-development.” – Phillipa Perry


253. “Failure is a stepping stone.”


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


255. “The healthy person finds happiness in helping others. Thus, for him, unselfishness is selfish.” - Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) saying


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


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


258. “Most addicts I have talked to report a similar experience. They did not start using drugs for any reason they can remember. They just drifted along until they got hooked. If you have never been addicted, you can have no clear idea what it means to need junk with the addict’s special need. You don’t decide to be an addict. One morning you wake up sick and you’re an addict.“ - William S. Burroughs, writer


259. “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” ~ Zig Ziglar


260. “The problem of alcohol is, it’s just too easy. It’s everywhere. At least hard drugs, you have to have a dealer. All I know is, I could feel its presence in an ominous, daunting way that was preventing me from being my higher self.” – Ben Harper, singer-songwriter


261. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene


262. “Strive for progress, not perfection”


263. “Getting sober is a radically creative act.”― Meredith Bell, author


264. “Don’t let the past steal your present.” — Cherrie L. Moraga


265. “Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.” - Louise Hay, motivational author


266. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsch


267. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


268. I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring. – David Bowie


269. "If you’re hungry in any way, physically or emotionally hungry, you’re never going to be functioning 100 percent. You’re never going to be feeling like the best version of yourself and then you’re not living the life that you should be and the best life that you can."— Lily Collins


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


271. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” - Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company


272. "I was trapped in a battle that took place 24/7, and it was one that day by day began to defeat me. My mirror, my pictures, my clothes, and my view were my worst enemies."— Sadie Robertson Huff


273. "I'm really proud of coming out of the other side because it was so hard. It's really not a way to live. It's horrible. It was absolutely horrible. And I'm hoping that I can help people out there like me, who usually just suffer in silence. Because I wish I knew that one day, I'd get through it. That was always a fear of mine that I would never stop doing this."— Jackie Goldschneider


274. “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. You can't buy it, you can't get it on a street corner, you can't steal it or inject it or shove it up your ass, you have to earn it.” - Anthony Kiedis, rockstar


275. "Eating disorders are a life-threatening illness that can affect anyone. It doesn't matter your age, your sex, your ethnicity. Eating disorders don't discriminate."— Kesha


276. “When I was growing up, when I thought of an alcoholic, I thought of some toothless old guy in a trench coat in a basement somewhere. I just never thought that would apply to me. That type of stigma kept me from getting the help that I needed when I knew I needed it.” - Joe Manganiello, actor


277. “The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.” ~ Anonymous


278. “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


279. “I think that 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.


280. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky


281. “If you absolutely can’t stay positive, don’t go negative, just cruise neutral for a while until you can get back up.” — Terri Guillemets


282. “People always want to ask me about my drug problem—I never had a drug problem; I had a self-esteem problem!” - Gloria Gaynor, singer


283. "I am more than the shell for my soul that is my body and every day I fight to remind myself of that."— Demi Lovato


284. “Life is a series of relapses and recoveries.” – George Ade


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


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


287. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” ~ Benjamin Alire Sáenz


288. Recovery Is An Acceptance That Your Life Is In Shambles And You Have To Change.


289. "Eating disorders are shape shifters. They convince the humans who suffer with them that they are a necessary part of survival."— Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S


290. “We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” ~John Green


291. “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” – Benjamin Franklin


292. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” - Khalil Gibran, writer


293. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


294. “I chose sober because I wanted a better life. I stay sober because I got one’ – Unknown


295. “An addict is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.” - Stella Adler, actress


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


297. "I finally understood that by being on a perpetual diet, I had practiced a 'disordered' form of eating my whole life. I restricted when I was hungry and in need of nutrition and binged when I was so grotesquely full I couldn't be comfortable in any position by lying down. Diets that tell people what to eat or when to eat are the practices in-between. And dieting, I discovered, was another form of disordered eating, just as anorexia and bulimia similarly disrupt the natural order of eating.” — Portia de Rossi


298. "I now view food as energy for my mind and body rather than something to be scared of. It's fuel, not punishment. Because without it, I can't grow stronger, emotionally, mentally, and physically."— Lily Collins


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


300. “There is no shame in beginning again, for you get a chance to build bigger and better than before.” – Leon Brown


301. “We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


302. "Even if you are in strong recovery, major life stressors or transitions may make you more vulnerable to eating disorder thoughts. It's during these times when good self-care, healthy coping tools, and getting support is especially important. Take care of yourself."— Beth Pilcher, LISW-CP


303. “Change your thoughts, change your life.” ~Lao Tzu


304. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss


305. “The idea that the creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time… Substance abusing writers are just substance abusers —common garden variety drunks and druggies, in other words.” - Stephen King, writer


306. "Diet culture interrupts our relationships with food and body even further if there is already a problem and can be the beginning of disordered eating when there was previously not a problem."— Chevese Turner


307. “Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


308. 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


309. “When you can stop, you don’t want to. And when you want to stop, you can’t. That’s addiction.” ~ Anonymous


310. "Eating disorders are mental illnesses. You cannot tell if someone has an ED by looking only at how they they eat, what they eat, how much they weigh."— Zeynep Demirelli, MSc.


311. “The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.” – Unknown


312. “People who go through rehab or a halfway house walk a tough road together and not all of them make it. We knew we faced a powerful adversary that demanded respect. Unlike combat, the adversary was inside us.” - Rob Delaney, comedian and actor


313. “Alcoholism is a devastating, potentially fatal disease. The primary symptom of having it is telling everyone--including yourself—that you are not an alcoholic.” - Herbert L. Gravitz & Julie D. Bowden, authors


314. "I lift my arm out of the water. It's a log. Put it back under and it blows up even bigger. People see the log and call it a twig. They yell at me because I can't see what they see. Nobody can explain to me why my eyes work different than theirs.” — Laurie Halse Anderson


315. “Fall down seven times, stand up eight”


316. "I don’t want to be the photoshopped girl…giving you another impossible image to compare yourself to… Because I’ve been damaged by ‘that girl.' It was images like that with false advertisement that sent me down a spiral of trying to obtain an image I did not realize I was never going to be able to reach, because it was not real. I could have never imagined how much it would cost me to attempt to reach the standard of today’s beauty."— Sadie Robertson Huff


317. "Not giving your body enough of what it needs is really dangerous."— Hilary Duff


318. “I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.” - Wintergirls


319. “Asking for help is really the beginning of any sort of recovery process.” - Marc Maron, comedian


320. "Remember that it's okay to get help and it doesn't make you weak."— Lauren Alaina


321. “Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new ending.” ~Chico Xavier


322. “Addiction denied is recovery delayed.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana


323. “God sends the dawn that we might see the might-have-beens that still might be.” ~Robert Brault


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


325. Recovery Is AboutProgression Not Perfection.


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


327. “Self-love is an ocean, and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first.” - Beau Taplin, author


328. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius


329. “Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.” – Brittany Burgunder


330. “Turn yourwounds into wisdom.” ~Oprah Winfrey


331. “Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles, and you have to change. ” ~ Jamie Lee Curtis


332. “That inner dialogue proves to us, 'You're not capable of change. You are weak. You're staying stuck.' And when you break that cycle, the empowerment that comes out of it, that says, 'I'm not weak, I'm actually strong, I've proven to myself that I am capable of change,' and I believe people are capable of big changes." - Drew Barrymore, actress


333. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” – Frederick Keonig


334. “In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” - Flora Edwards


335. "[Recovery] is not just about gaining weight and stopping restriction or purging, it is also about combating deep-rooted fears, rules, habits and delusions. Therefore it IS important for your mental recovery that you have that sugary chocolate bar over the protein bar sometimes. That you eat popcorn at the cinema instead of bringing kale chips. Only eating 'healthy' can quickly become unhealthy for your mind."— Amalie Lee


336. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius


337. “Don’t cry for a man who’s left you; the next one may fall for your smile.” – Mae West


338. “Sometimes, there are multiple relapses before you get sober and stay sober.” – David Sheff


339. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand


340. 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


341. “I really mean it 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


342. "If you have an eating disorder, but have never been diagnosed, your story matters. If you have an eating disorder, but no one in your life knows of it, your story matters. If you have an eating disorder, but are not being clinically supported, your story matters. You matter."— Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S


343. "People with eating disorders may soothe their discomfort, stress, uncertainty, pain, sadness, or desires with food until their health—and maybe their life—is in danger. Many people who are recovered from eating disorders say their illness functioned as a companion—but that the relationship was abusive and destructive."— The Emily Program


344. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Mahatma Gandhi


345. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” - J.K. Rowling, author


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


347. "[J]ust wanted to send out some encouragement to everyone out there struggling with weight or body issues or emotional eating. I feel you. I know what it’s like. But it’s never too late to start improving yourself and trying to be the best version of YOU possible. It’s not a race and it’s not a competition—it’s about respecting yourself and doing what’s best for YOU."— Rebel Wilson


348. “Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” – Buddha


349. “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” - Carrie Fisher, actress


350. “Recovery is all about using our power to change our beliefs that are based on faulty data.” ~ Kevin McCormick


351. “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein


352. “Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind.” - Anne Fletcher, addiction specialist


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


354. “We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.” - Isabel Allende, writer


355. "Recovery doesn’t mean your life magically becomes perfect and happy all the time, but it helps you recognize that you have the strength and resilience within you to handle the good and the bad that comes with life. Your eating disorder may help numb the uncomfortable emotions that you don’t want to feel, but it also numbs the positive ones, and convinces you that you can’t handle life without it. But you can. And life feels so much richer [and] more meaningful when you are actually living for you."— Beth Pilcher, LISW-CP


356. “letting go is not the same as loss of control; it is intentional surrender.”


357. “The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.” – Anonymous


358. “Recovery is taking all twelve steps…over and over and over and over…” – Toni Sorenson


359. “I don't drink or do drugs anymore. I realized I wasn't going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, 'Wow, I'm actually gonna ruin my life. I'm really gonna ruin it.’” - Bradley Cooper, actor and filmmaker


360. “There’s no such thing as quitting. Just sometimes, there’s a long pause between relapses.” – Alan Moore


361. “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” - Parker Palmer, writer and speaker


362. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” ~Kathryn Stockett, The Help


363. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese proverb


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


365. “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, author


366. “I can change my story.”


367. "It took going to the hospital to make me realize that it wasn't a game. It was something really serious. They sat me down in the clinic and were quite tough at first, spelling it out: 'You're destroying your body, and if you keep doing this, you will die.'"— Jade Thirwall


368. I Understood Myself Only After I Destroyed Myself.


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


370. “Believe in yourself and you can be anything.” -Katy Perry


371. 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


372. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates


373. “Rehab isn’t what finally got me sober. It was nearly losing everything and finally seeing that whatever benefit I thought alcohol gave me was outweighed by what it would cost me… ‘You’re removing the capacity to be present, not just in the bad moments.’ You’re numbing the good feelings. You’re numbing everything. It’s profoundly selfish.” – Elizabeth Vargas, television journalist


374. “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


375. "I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that’s wrong, you’re full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself."— Katie Couric


376. “One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” - Demi Lovato, actress and singer


377. “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self esteem.” - Kurt Cobain, rockstar


378. “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


379. It Does Not Matter How Slowly You Go As Long As You Do Not Stop.


380. “There is no shame in beginning again, for you get a chance to build bigger and better than before.” ~ Leon Brown


381. “One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” ~ Demi Lovato


382. “Forgiving yourself, believing in yourself, and choosing to love yourself are the best gifts one could receive.” - Brittany Burgunder, author


383. “I used drugs to feel better. I quit drugs to be better.” – Unknown


384. Recovery Is Something That You Have To Work On Every Single Day


385. Addiction Is The Disease That Makes You Too Selfish


386. "Nobody develops an eating disorder overnight. We start experiencing these small things, such as feeling stressed after a nice meal or getting stressed when you cannot track your activity, then they slowly build up and make up the eating disorder."— Zeynep Demirelli, MSc.


387. “If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.” – Mary Pickford


388. "I still go check in with the therapist every once in a while, specifically for an eating disorder."— Lauren Alaina


389. “We treat both addiction and co-occurring disorders and accept many health insurance plans. Take a look at our residential program.”


390. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” ~J.K. Rowling


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


392. “I once heard a sober alcoholic say that drinking never made him happy, but it made him feel like he was going to be happy in about fifteen minutes. That was exactly it, and I couldn’t understand why the happiness never came, couldn’t see that alcohol kept me trapped in a world of illusion, procrastination, paralysis. I lived always in the future, never in the present. Next time, next time! Next time I drank it would be different, next time it would make me feel good again. And all my efforts were doomed because already drinking hadn’t made me feel good in years.” - Heather King, author


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


394. “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


395. “Alcoholism is, above all, a disease of denial.”– David Stafford


396. “Recovery is about progression, not perfection.” – Unknown


397. “Addiction brings apathy. Break the apathy, and you break the addiction.” – Mango Wodzak


398. 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


399. "You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won't discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself."— Geneen Roth


400. 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


401. “Addiction brings apathy. Break the apathy, and you break the addiction.” ~ Mango Wodzak


402. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it’s going on when you don’t have strength.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte


403. “We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” - Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady


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


405. “An addict is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.” ~ Stella Adler


406. Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you are usually right. – Industrialist Henry Ford


407. "As scary as this can be I want you to know no matter how broken you feel, and how seemingly unlikely it is, we are never too broken to heal."— Jonathan Van Ness


408. “Somebody once asked me how I define sobriety, and my response was ‘liberation from dependence’.” - Leslie Jamison, author


409. “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


410. “Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again.” – Frances Rodman


411. “Not until we are lost we begin to find ourselves.” ~Henry David Thoreau


412. My Recovery Must Come First So That Everything I Love In Life Doesn’t Have To Come Last.


413. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


414. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” ~ Vince Lombardi


415. "You may feel like it is helping you deal with life’s problems, but actually it is avoiding you from tackling those problems head-on. Don’t confuse distraction with tackling."— Amalie Lee


416. “Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the center of all addictive behaviors.“ – Gabor Mate, doctor and addiction expert


417. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but human connection. – Johann Hari


418. “Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out!” – Anonymous


419. "Throughout my teens and early 20s I was consumed by all of it. I drank all the detox teas, I took all the laxatives, I did all the fad diets, I studied all the pro-anorexia websites. I spent every penny I had on trying to be thinner. I would pass out from lack of nutrition. My periods stopped for a year. I was so thin at one point that I got bed sores from my own mattress. My heart thinned, my thyroid and adrenal glands were in a state of binge-and–starve panic. My digestive system was destroyed by magic potions off the internet. I was depressed. I was weak. I was in chaos."— Jameela Jamil


420. I’m Not Telling You It Is Going To Be Easy, I’m Telling You It’s Going To Be Worth It.


421. “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 16 years to say, ‘I need help.’” - Elton John, singer and composer


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


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


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


425. “The initial journey towards sobriety is a delicate balance between insight into one's desire for escape and abstinence from one's addiction,” Debra L. Kaplan, therapist


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


427. “As I’ve had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure. With acceptance and humility, I continue to avail myself with the help of so many people and I am grateful to all those who are there for me. I hope down the road I can offer an example to others who are struggling.” - Ben Affleck, actor


428. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson


429. "Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are not the only eating disorders. Compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder, combined with the categories Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED) and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) are more common than anorexia or bulimia."— The Emily Program


430. "I will never get my full health back because of what society taught me to do to my body, and I don’t want that to happen to you."— Jameela Jamil


431. “I accept myself completely.”


432. “In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” ~ Drew Barrymore


433. “You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” ~Shannon L. Adler


434. “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo—far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” - Jodi Picoult, writer


435. You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew. – Albert Einstein


436. “Being a drug addict in recovery is actually a great place to be because you’re forced to be looking at the rancid layers of the onion that you’ve been carrying around for a lifetime. Whatever degree of struggle it offers me, I’m actually grateful for. It keeps me working towards change, it gives me the desire for change” - Anthony Kiedis, rockstar


437. 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


438. "When you believe without knowing you believe that you are damaged at your core, you also believe that you need to hide that damage for anyone to love you. You walk around ashamed of being yourself. You try hard to make up for the way you look, walk, feel. Decisions are agonizing because if you, the person who makes the decision, is damaged, then how can you trust what you decide?"— Geneen Roth


439. 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


440. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.” – Dr. Seuss


441. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~ George Addair


442. “I am not defined by my relapses, but by my decision to remain in recovery despite them.” – Anonymous


443. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” ~Abraham Lincoln


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


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


446. “Like, at first it’s fine and you think you have a dark side – it’s exciting – and then you realize the dark side wins every time if you decide to indulge in it. - Lana Del Rey, singer-songwriter


447. “When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That’s when the sparkle started for me.” - Mary Karr, poet


448. “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, addiction specialists


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


450. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln


451. "I thought that I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it. Now I realize, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows."— Taylor Swift


452. It’s Gonna Get Harder Before It Gets Easier.


453. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”- John Lennon


454. “Amazing how we can light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning


455. 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


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


457. “I live in negotiation with a shadow side that has to be respected. There is a wound. I believe that this is more than a characteristic of addiction. I think it is a part of being human, to carry a wound, a flaw and again, paradoxically, it is only by accepting it that we can progress.” - Russell Brand, comedian and actor


458. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power.” ~Jim Morrison


459. "Eating disorders thrive in isolation, and having social support can deter individuals with eating disorders from engaging in health-damaging behaviors, like excessive exercise, restriction, or purging. When you're alone, like during the pandemic, there are no social deterrents, so the eating disorder can escalate unchecked. That is why reaching out and staying connected is so important even if it is virtually, especially as the pandemic continues to drag on."— Cynthia Bulik, PhD


460. "Healthy people come in all different body sizes; so do starving people. A person doesn't have to appear underweight for their body to be suffering from the impacts of eating disorder behaviors."— Beth Pilcher, LISW-CP


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


462. “In order to heal you must eat every meal”


463. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds


464. “After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.” – William R. Alger


465. “Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out!” ~ Anonymous


466. "I am forever engaged in a silent battle in my head over whether or not to lift the fork to my mouth.” ― Jena Morrow


467. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

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