1. “You kicked ass and took names this past year by staying sober. Wow, 7 years is amazing! I am so proud of you and your success. Keep reaching for the stars. I love you very much.”
2. “I know these past few months have been challenging, but you are so strong and have handled yourself with so much grace through it all. I’m thankful for you and your sobriety and I am so proud of you and the progress you have made in such a short amount of time. I love you tons.”
3. “This card is for my amazing husband, an amazing father, and my best friend. I couldn’t be more proud of you for being such a strong man and giving your demons a big F U! I can’t curse since this is also from the kids. We love you! Happy 4 years sober, babe.
4. “I wanted to express how truly proud I am of you and your journey toward health and sobriety. Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey. I’m so excited to watch you grow. Sending love, light and never ending support.”
5. “I’m proud of you” is a powerful statement and reminder of how far they’ve come. Most, if not all, recovering addicts have days where they want to throw in the metaphorical towel and give up the race, but your support can keep them going. Acknowledge their commitment to their sobriety in your card in the best way you can.
6. “Congrats on one month of sobriety! We are so proud of you for making healthy choices and we hope you are feeling really good! The boys are very happy for their aunt and we super miss you. We promise to always be here for you. We love you unconditionally and hope we are all reunited soon.” (16
7. “Happy Anniversary! We’re all so proud of you and are so happy to be celebrating another year of your sobriety. Thanks for taking the hard steps to keep you and all of us in a happier loving place. We love you! Cheers to another year.”
8. “Thank you so much for sharing the news of your one year sobriety anniversary with me! I am so proud of you and happy for you! What an accomplishment! I love you times infinity and am here for you always.”
9. “I wish you knew how proud we are of you for your sobriety and for the person you are working hard to become! You are the strongest person we know!”
10. “As we approach your 8 months of sobriety… just wanted to let you know how proud of you I am! I believe in you and can’t wait to do more life with you. I love you!” (33
11. “I could not be more proud of the sister, daughter, aunt and, most importantly, mother that you have become. 5 years ago I could not dream we would be here today but you are one of my most favorite people in this world. Happy 4 years sober!”
12. “Happy Soberversary! I am so proud of you and happy you are taking care of yourself. Covid, quarantine, isolation, anything politics related - it has been a year and you persisted! Love you to the moon!”
13. “I am so proud of you for choosing to get sober and work on yourself. Everything you have been through and you’ve continued to stay strong. I love you to the moon and back! I’ll never forget your special day!”
14. Your loved one has successfully made it through another year of sobriety, which means it’s time to celebrate their sobriety birthday! Don’t let their sobriety anniversary (aka: Soberversary) and hard work pass by without acknowledgment. Send your sober friends or family members a handwritten card to let them know just how proud you are of them. If you’re not sure what to say, we’ve got you covered. Below are 52 sobriety anniversary quotes that you can simply copy and paste or, use them as a starting point and then add your own ideas.
15. “Wishing you another big fat congratulations on another year of sobriety! You’ve come so far in 14 years and I couldn’t be more proud of the man and father you have become. I love you, all of it.”
16. “Happy 10th Sobriety Birthday! You are a charismatic and tenacious sparkle unicorn who goes out there and conquers without looking back. I am proud of all you accomplished and all you will achieve. You’re an amazing sister, and an even better aunt!”
17. “We’re so proud of you. Congrats on another year of sobriety! Your strength is an inspiration to us all. Keep fighting and never forget we’re always here for you.”
18. “I’m telling people I’m drinking one glass of wine a night, and I’m drinking five.” — Jane Lynch and My Biggest Fear in Sobriety Jane Lynch is a comedy icon. She first gained a cult following thanks to her roles in Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, then saw her fame truly explode when she starred as Sue Sylvester in Glee. In addition to all of her acting success, Lynch is also proudly sober. I recently read…
19. “Congratulations on another year sober. We are so very proud of you! We love having you back. Keep it going. You are a strong lady and don’t forget it.”
20. “This card is for my amazing husband, an amazing father, and my best friend. I couldn’t be more proud of you for being such a strong man and giving your demons a big F U! I can’t curse since this is also from the kids. We love you! Happy 4 years sober, babe.
21. “I am so beyond proud of you! Your commitment to staying sober is truly inspiring. You have come so far. Happy 6 years of sobriety!”
22. “I just want to say how proud I am of you. As I’ve heard of your friends relapsing or, worse, dying of their addictions, I’ve come to realize how truly strong you are for keeping up your sobriety for two years. Loving our relationship now, too. Love you!!”
23. “Happy 1 Year of Sobriety! You are doing such a great job! So many people are proud of you. Keep up the fucking awesome work! You will never regret it! Sending good vibes.”
24. “Hey you! We are coming up on 2 weeks sober and I wanted to say you are killing it! It’s hard for many to do what you’re doing. I’m proud of you and admire you as you pursue your ambitions. Last couple games may get stressful but push through!” (71)
25. “10 years sober is a HUGE milestone. You have worked so hard to create a life that you always dreamed you would have. I’ve seen you consistently work with such focus and determination, you are truly an icon, a BOSS ASS BITCH. My role model and inspiration. Never forget how far you have come. I love you and am so proud!”
26. “Happy 4 Years of Sobriety! I am beyond proud of you and all the wonderful accomplishments you’ve made these past four years! I have watched you grow into such a strong, independent person and, most importantly, an AMAZING dad! I can’t wait to see where life takes you. Remember I’ll always be there every step of the way!”
27. “Hey you! We are coming up on 2 weeks sober and I wanted to say you are killing it! It’s hard for many to do what you’re doing. I’m proud of you and admire you as you pursue your ambitions. Last couple games may get stressful but push through!” (71
28. “Happy Sobriety Day!! Words can’t express how proud we are of you. You are such a light in so many people's lives. You made such a brave decision I can’t tell you how thankful I am for it. Cheers to many more!”
29. “Congratulations on yet another sobriety milestone! I’m so proud of you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my sponsor and guiding me on this journey of sobriety. You continue to inspire me. My life has been forever changed by you. I’m so thankful!”
30. “Your future needs you. Your past doesn’t”
31. “One thing you must realize is that: you either kill your addiction or your addiction will eventually kill you.” – Oche Otorkpa
32. 65. “All the mistakes I’ve ever made in my life have been when I’ve been drunk. I haven’t made hardly any mistakes sober, ever.” — Tracey Emin
33. What eight years sober means to him.
34. ‘One day at a time,’ just like how you have to approach your friendship with me.
35. “I’m here if you ever need anything.”
36. “Happy Sobriety Anniversary! I truly look up to you so much, Mom! You’re such a BADASS. How lucky am I to have a mom as great as you. Love you big.”
37. “All the things I’d done were terrifying to her, and she had a hard time believing I would ever be able to stay married and monogamous and a father and all those things. For the first year and a half [that] we were together, that was what we battled over almost weekly,” he told Playboy in 2012, noting that he had a history of drinking and using “cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything.”
38. “Positive thoughts and prayer have been the best means available, since the beginning of time, to transform darkness into light.” – Cate Stevens
39. “Recovery is all about using our power to change our beliefs that are based on faulty data.” – Kevin McCormack
40. “I didn’t even know I was addicted until I tried to stop.” — Unknown
41. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”
42. “Above anything else—above family or job—the main thing is staying sober. That’s because without being sober, I don’t have a family or a job.” — William Regal, former professional wrestler and author
43. Being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised. -Anne Lamott
44. “You’re doing incredible work. Don’t give up!”
45. Alcohol abuse and sobriety can affect you for the rest of your life, but both for very different reasons. When I decided to get sober, I knew it would be worth it, but I didn’t quite know what to expect on my recovery journey. I’m fortunate that it was relatively simple, but I know that’s not the case for everyone.
46. “It’s not clever to respond to humiliation if it was received from a guy you don’t respect! Because the value of an insult is zero if it’s created by a creature that doesn’t have a heart. Listen only to sober, conscious, and wise people.”
47. “Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap.” – Tess Callahan
48. “Work is my hobby, staying sober is my job.” ― Christian Slater
49. “When women sit in a circle, a sacred space is created to work and create together, listen, learn and share with one another–to get support from one other.” ~ Shelley Richanbach
50. “Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new ending.” ~Chico Xavier
51. 56. “My mind may be sober, but my confidence is high!” ― Habeeb Akande
52. There are people with a shitty personality when both sober and drunk. These people are assholes, but they don’t have problems. If you’re cool when you’re sober but you’ve lost friendships while intoxicated, you have a drinking problem.
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54. ‘Addiction isn’t about alcohol and drugs. Its the absence of self. This absence is described as a hole in your soul. You cant love others when you’re empty inside. Recovery peels back the painful layers and heals that hole through connect, honest and hard work. To love one self is the beginning of a lifetime of recovery’
55. Know this, though: It is possible to get sober and stay sober long-term. A 2014 survey of more than 6,000 Alcoholics Anonymous members, found that over 27 percent reported being sober for up to a year, 24 percent were sober one to five years, 27 percent made it five to 20 years, and 22 percent said they had been sober for more than 20 years.
56. “I kept waiting for something bigger, something more profound, something that I could hitch myself to and be carried away once and for all to the heaven-on-earth that I deserved. I kept struggling for control, which was really a demand for everything I wanted--peace, happiness, love, perfection--all at once, right now, and for all time. I wanted life to be perfect, always. And when it wasn't, which was most of the time, I got really anxious, and when I got anxious, I started thinking about how good it would feel to get high again. ”
57. “Not drinking makes me a lot happier.” ― Naomi Campbell
58. “You are truly inspiring to others who are struggling with addiction.”
59. “It takes a lot of strength to ride the storm of addiction, but it’s worth it.” – Maggie Swann
60. “Ya think that the whiskey tastes good? Try a big cup of sobriety—now that is the good stuff!” ― Steven Tyler
61. 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
62. “Relax. Breathe. It takes time, but there is a great joy to be had in moments of every day. Just remember, you’re learning new steps, a new dance.” ~ Lisa Frederiksen
63. The process of recovery is not short, but it is rewarding. Whether you are seeking treatment, have already completed a program, or are supporting your significant other on their recovery journey, time and commitment are required. Struggling with sobriety is normal and sometimes relapses do occur. However, it is important to focus on the daily goal of remaining sober, rather than getting stuck on past failures.
64. “Getting sober is a radically creative act.”
65. Sometimes, the best motivation for staying sober is to remind yourself just how bad your addiction was. I like this quote from Josh Brolin because it captures the extremes to which alcohol affected him.
66. Sobriety is a windy road with many ups and downs. It’s how we navigate those down times that will determine our success or failures. If your sober brother or sister has faced some tough times recently yet still pushed through like a champ, make a point to point that out. Every battle won is a battle worth remembering.
67. 24. “They say getting sober in AA is simple, but not easy. Just like winning the lottery, I guess.” ― Dmitry Dyatlov
68. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson
69. “All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
70. “Just for the record darling, not all positive change feels positive in the beginning.”
71. With boundaries, it comes down to this, that you don’t support the illness, you support recovery.” ~ Christopher Kennedy Lawford
72. “Kid, sobriety’s like a hard-on; the minute you get it, you want to f*** with it.” ― David Foster Wallace
73. “You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.” – Nina Simone with a blue border
74. “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” ~ George Chakiris
75. “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
76. “Someone who is trying to be sober is often trying to work out deeper emotional issues and is attempting to undo years of habitual behavior. When you reduce recovery to just abstinence, it simplifies what is really a much more complex issue.” ― Sasha Bronner
77. “My mind may be sober, but my confidence is high!” ― Habeeb Akande
78. “Sometimes deciding who you are is deciding who you’ll never be again.” – Unknown
79. “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
80. “Sobriety is concern for one’s health – or limited capacity.” ― Francois de La Rochefoucauld
81. “And now I'm right back where I started. Sober and miserable.”
82. “We’re saying that the way people sustain ongoing, long-term change is through building a better life in ways that matter to them as individuals.” ~ Nicole Kosanke, PhD
83. “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius
84. 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
85. “The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t have to drink.” — Unknown
86. “Breakthroughs don’t get planned, they are prepared for.” ― Goitsemang Mvula, South African author and artist
87. “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
88. “Change your thoughts, change your life.” ~Lao Tzu
89. ‘It’s never too late to be what you might’ve been.”
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91. It was a terrifying time when I got sober, but I made it through. I wish someone warned me about the emotional and mental challenges I’d face when I quit drinking.
92. 15. 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
93. “If it wasn’t for that rehab center, I probably wouldn’t have been here. In terms of recovery, it has been very important for me to be a part of a recovery community, to actively be around my people because they understand me. They get it.” – Macklemore
94. ‘One day at a time – The idea of giving up alcohol or drugs for the rest of your life is overwhelming. The good news is that you do not have to do this. You can approach recovery one day at a time. You do not have to worry about what is going to happen tomorrow or next week. You just have to get up each morning and commit to staying sober for the rest of the day – you do nto need to commit to anything more than that. By sticking to one day at a time, the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into years’
95. It’s Gonna Get Harder Before It Gets Easier.
96. “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
97. “Recovery is all about using our power to change our beliefs that are based on faulty data.” ~ Kevin McCormack
98. “When you rise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”
99. “You have to break down before you can break through.” ~Marilyn Ferguson
100. We are happy to celebrate this moment with you on your journey!
101. “Make sobriety a habit, and intemperance will be hateful; make prudence a habit, and reckless profligacy will be as contrary to the nature of the child, grown or adult, as the most atrocious crimes, are to any of us.” ― Henry Brougham
102. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” -Martin Luther King Jr.
103. “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” -Banksy
104. “Your addiction is not you, but it feels like you because you’ve spent so much intimate time together.” ― Toni Sorenson
105. “… being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised.” ― Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
106. “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
107. Sober living houses - Sober living houses (SLHs), also called sober homes and sober living environments, are facilities that provide safe housing and supportive, structured
108. “Sometimes you can only find heaven by slowly backing away from hell.” — Carrie Fisher
109. “Recovery is something you have to work on every single day, and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.” — Demi Lovato
110. “If you keep walking in the same direction, you’ll end up where you’re headed” -Lao Tzu
111. “Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you are usually right.”
112. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you have no strength.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
113. “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
114. “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
115. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”– Nelson Mandela, South African political leader, philanthropist and revolutionary
116. On an emotional level, many find themselves trapped in shame spirals, blaming themselves for their addiction and then continuing to use to escape their guilt. They have tried to get sober on their own and then felt hopeless when they were unable to do so. Like any other disease, the best way to deal with addiction is to seek treatment from trained professionals. If you are feeling trapped by your addiction, take the first step by asking for help. If your partner struggles with addiction, you cannot force them to seek help. However, you can let them know that there are treatment options available, even if they are not yet ready to begin their recovery.
117. “In recovery, your shape changes. For you to fit back into the rest of the puzzle, your life, the other pieces of the puzzle must also change their shapes to accommodate you.” – Augusten Burroughs
118. As these quotes illustrate, recovery from addiction is possible with hard work, faith and motivation. When you get sober, you’ll understand how substances of abuse prevented you from truly enjoying life. You’ll be able to live up to your full potential.
119. People have a different reaction when you tell them “I’m sober” vs “I don’t drink”.
120. “Thank you for being supportive of me in my battle with addiction. You are a true example of what hard work and dedication to sobriety can accomplish. You’re an amazing father, husband, and friend. Congratulations on 5 years, sober brother! Good luck on your race.”
121. “The road to success runs uphill.” – Willie Davis
122. 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
123. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
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125. “Butterflies are not insects,' Captain John Sterling said soberly. 'They are self-propelled flowers.”
126. I was wearing my powder-blue suit... I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.”
127. You Don’t Get Over An Addiction By Stopping Using.
128. “We treat both addiction and co-occurring disorders and accept many health insurance plans. Take a look at our residential program.”
129. “Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” – Dr. Phil
130. “There is a place in this movement for everybody, whether you just want to share your story at a school, share your story with your neighbor or you want to speak to your legislator about how important supporting addiction recovery is for our communities.” – Greg Williams
131. “It’s a beautiful day to be sober.” — Unknown
132. “Just as others pray daily, you should think to yourself daily about what you can do to be closer to this Ideal Image. Think: "What can I do today to make my life better?" "What can I do to become more like my Ideal Image?”
133. “I can’t imagine having to admit that to other people and feeling as safe as I did that you guys wouldn’t hate me. I hated me at that point and so, to be able to tell you guys and feel unconditionally loved and that I would be accepted was really special,” he said in December 2020. “It saved my life. … Even with two surgeries and a relapse and shame spiral and all this stuff, still a great year for me.”
134. Just because your sober loved one hasn’t quite made it to their one year milestone yet doesn’t mean the time they’ve got under their belt isn’t worth celebrating! Whether it’s been 90 days, two weeks or even just one day – it’s all worth a shout out because every single day sober is an accomplishment. Send them words of encouragement along the way to help get them to that one year mark.
135. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~Confucius
136. “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
137. “Drunkards have a problem, not with sobriety, but with reality.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
138. Congratulations on your sustained sobriety!
139. “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
140. For gin, in cruel sober truth, supplies the fuel for flaming youth.
141. I’m honored to congratulate you on your half-year of recovery.
142. These sober celebrities have shared a plethora of inspiring thoughts on addiction and recovery.
143. “I’m cheering you on and know you’ll do big things! You’re one of the most strong, positive people I know. You are magical like a unicorn, and everyone knows unicorns can do anything! Congratulations on this very important 23 years sober anniversary.”
144. ‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step’ – Martin Luther King
145. “If you do something awesome, you should be proud of yourself.”
146. I can’t emphasize enough how grateful I am to have come upon sobriety. — Naveen Andrews
147. “Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale
148. “One day at a time.” ― Alcoholics Anonymous
149. “In the end, addiction recovery all comes down to what the person does. Sobriety is a product of one’s behavior. “ – Nick Turner
150. “Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out.” — Unknown
151. “When your past calls, don’t answer. It has nothing new to say.”
152. “Every time you thought you couldn’t keep moving forward, you did. Take a moment to appreciate your strength.” – Karen Salmansohn
153. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie
"154. I'm nearly five years sober now and I couldn’t be happier. I passionately believe that sobriety shouldn't be about missing out or feeling deprived—it’s about creating a life that's so good, you don't need to numb out from it.” — Kate Bee, 34, sober for four years
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“I’ve been on a winding journey trying to find my way in the world since I was 17. As a little girl, I felt different from everyone else. In high school, I was sexually abused and picked on. However, I believe I was born an addict. I started experimenting. Not long after, I became part-time student, full-time connoisseur of alcohol and drugs. I had found my niche, my people, and fervor for life.
I ended up going in and out of some of the finest rehabs in the country, many of which I walked out of. After a missing person’s report was filed and pleading from my family, I decided to try the treatment route again. Give or take a few years, and I had a brief period of sobriety, but I wasn’t completely honest with myself and others around me."
155. ‘The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long’
156. “Somebody once asked me how I define sobriety, and my response was ‘liberation from dependence’.” — Leslie Jamison, author of The Gin Closet
157. “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
158. The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
159. “People still question my sobriety, my commitment to the program, and that hurts. I take things day by day, and sometimes I take them to minute by minute, but I honor my commitment to stay sober.” ― Tom Arnold
160. Tea! thou soft, sober, sage and venerable liquid;
161. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” ~Zen proverb
162. “The road to sobriety is not easy and rehabilitation and the recovery process are not to be taken lightly.” — Drew Pinsky
163. 2-3 year sobriety quotes: Perhaps no recovery anniversary is more exciting than the 2nd sobriety anniversary! Feel the achievement you’ve made in recovery. Know you can and did do it. Every year will be another big step in your path to a happy life. May your next year sober bring you much happiness and pride.
164. Recovery didn't open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out!
165. “Where there is life there is hope.” – Ron Grover
166. “You’ve grown into such a strong and independent person.”
167. I don’t claim to be an expert on recovery. I’m just a guy who took things one day at a time and tries to help others. Getting sober was the best gift I’ve ever given to myself, so it’s my responsibility to give something back to everyone who is struggling.
168. “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
169. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop” – Confucius
170. “Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,”
171. “We are all damaged. We have all been hurt. We have all had to learn painful lessons. We are all recovering from some mistake, loss, betrayal, abuse, injustice or misfortune. All of life is a process of recovery that never ends. We each must find ways to accept and move through the pain and to pick ourselves back up. Be patient with yourself.” ― Bryant McGill author of Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life
172. “We must desperately desire recovery with the same passion with which we pursue drugs.” — Mary Cook
173. “You deserve to be happy.”
174. “Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.” – Norman Vincent Peale
175. “Don’t let the past steal your present.” – Terri Guillemets
176. “The road to Recovery will not always be easy, but I will take it one day at a time.” — Amanda Lindhout
177. “Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom.” – Sharon Salzberg
178. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
179. “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
180. “Turn yourwounds into wisdom.” ~Oprah Winfrey
181. “Your addiction is not your identity, but you won’t know that until you’re in recovery; that’s when the two separate.” ― Toni Sorenson
182. “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
183. “The ability to self-regulate, to bring ourselves into balance, is key to emotional sobriety.” – Tian Dayton
184. My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last.
185. 2. “Getting sober is a radically creative act.” ― Meredith Bell, A Sober Year: Daily Musings on an Alcohol-Free Life
186. “I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery. Please enjoy making fun of me on the world wide web.” ― Matthew Perry
187. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” ~Japanese proverb
188. These days, there are more celebrities than ever going public with their sobriety. I think that it’s a great way for them to help fight the stigma around addiction and to inspire other addicts to get sober.
189. Don’t let the past steal your present.” –Terri Guillemets
190. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
191. “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
192. “When you quit drinking you stop waiting.”
193. “When in doubt, choose change” -Lily Leung
194. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand
195. “It does not matter how slowly you go, only that you do not stop.”
196. “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
197. 2. ‘One day at a time – The idea of giving up alcohol or drugs for the rest of your life is overwhelming. The good news is that you do not have to do this. You can approach recovery one day at a time. You do not have to worry about what is going to happen tomorrow or next week. You just have to get up each morning and commit to staying sober for the rest of the day – you do nto need to commit to anything more than that. By sticking to one day at a time, the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into years’
198. “Addiction is a repeated temporary…stilling. I am concerned with peace…not mere relief.” – Edward Albee
199. “Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.”
"200. One day, I woke up in the hospital after a long and drunken stupor across the country. On the outside, I was a compilation of scars, bruises, and crappy CVS makeup. On the inside, I was broken and scared. Who was I when I wasn’t getting wasted? I couldn’t stand to look at myself in the mirror. I was terrified to live and terrified to die. That day, I had my last drink. The emotional bottom that I had hit couldn’t compare to the possessions I had lost and the close calls with death I had encountered. I went to detox and immersed myself into the recovery world that was around me.
Through time, persistence, and taking a hard look at myself, I have come to find a life that can’t compare to anything I have ever imagined. Today, I have the best of friends and best family, and I’ve had some of the most amazing adventures because I am sober. Unfortunately and fortunately, I’ve had the chance to live two lives, one of deception and one of triumph. Because of that, I have become set free from the chains that once bound me down. I have come to know true happiness, joy, and serenity.” —Tori Skene, 25, sober for one year"
201. “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
202. Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out!
203. “There are multiple pathways to addiction recovery, and ALL are cause for celebration!” ~ William L. White
204. “I am not my worst days. I am not what happened to me” -Rupi Kaur
205. “Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.” – Brittany Burgunder
206. “Let’s create an annual tradition to celebrate your progress.”
207. 4. “… being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised.” ― Anne Lamott
208. “My mind may be sober, but my confidence is high!”
209. “In a moment of clarity, out of nowhere, I saw that when I believed my thoughts I suffered, and when I questioned my thoughts I didn’t suffer, and I have come to see that this is true for every human being. – Bryon Katie
210. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” -Paulo Coelho
211. “There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation. ” ~ John Ciardi
212. Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside. — Unknown
213. “In my experience, and in the experience of most people I have talked with, the family’s recovery often coincides with or precedes the recovery of the addicted individual.” ~ Beverly Conyers
214. At We Level Up inpatient drug and alcohol rehab facility in NJ, we know that recovering from addiction can be challenging. As the year comes to an end, it can be challenging to stay sober. However, these 101 Sobriety Quotes may be able to help. Read them aloud or put them somewhere where you will see them frequently. These alcohol addiction quotes can significantly impact your path to recovery.
215. “Addiction isn’t about substance – you aren’t addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.” – Susan Cheever
216. “Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” ~Robert H. Schuller
217. “The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.” ~ Anonymous
218. “Sometimes, there are multiple relapses before you get sober and stay sober.” – David Sheff
219. “The experienced pastor will recognize to which situation humor belongs and to which belongs sobriety.” ― Thomas Oden
220. “My being sober is without question the single greatest accomplishment of my life. I lost a brother at 21 to a heroin overdose, and both of my parents struggled with alcoholism and addiction their whole lives. I take sobriety very seriously.”
221. staying sober quotes
222. “I never thought when I stumbled into the recovery rooms, 25 years ago, that I would be standing in the middle of this life I never could have imagined. I am peaceful. I am free and I am living.” ~ Sober and shameless, Kristina Wandzilak
223. Keep a gratitude journal and write a list of blessings that have come from getting and staying sober. Reread your list when you’re feeling weak, Dr. Heinzerling suggests.
224. You can also find what is called a “daily reader,” a book of motivational excerpts, one that corresponds with every single day of the year. To learn more tips and tricks about staying on the right course and keeping yourself inspired to stay sober, please feel free to reach out to us at Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center to learn more about our evidence-based treatment programs.
225. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.
226. “Our family is affected by addiction. I will accept it, find strength in God and my recovering community, and go forward.” ~ Libby Cataldi
227. Visualise all those meaningful sober quotes
228. “I sought treatment and began the process of getting myself healthy and in return could make healthier decisions concerning my child. Self-care is critical and must not be neglected.” ~ Sharon LeGore
229. Recovery Is Something That You Have To Work On Every Single Day
230. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
231. “I’m happy you’re doing so well. Keep up the awesome work!”
232. “Think of recovery as Double D’s: deciding and doing. Deciding to recover is only a mindset. Doing the recovery is the real miracle.” ― Toni Sorenson
233. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you have no strength.”
234. “The only honest measure of your success is what you are doing compared to your true potential.” – Paul J. Meyer
235. “The CRAFT approach, developed by Bob Meyers at U of New Mexico, is one set of important tools that DO work, and it feels great to see families using these strategies and getting results, feeling hopeful again, feeling empowered, getting support, learning to trust themselves again, getting their lives and the lives of their children back.” ~ Jeff Foote, PhD
236. “Every day is a new day. No need to dwell on the past. Look straight ahead.” – Saint Charlotte
237. “Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s never going to get easier. But it does get better.” -Demi Lovato
238. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb
239. I Would Rather Go Through Life Sober, Believing I Am An Alcoholic,
240. Giving up drugs and alcohol is one of the most difficult things a person can do when they are physically and emotionally dependent on substances. However, recovery is about much more than just getting clean and sober. In recovery, participants work to develop personal capacities, build life skills and confront challenges head on. Each day in recovery, one’s commitment and capacities are tested. Participants in recovery programs learn to break large goals down into small, achievable actions; to focus on change they can affect; to recognize when they need support and to ask for help when necessary. Inner strength accessed during this process serves a person in all facets of life. The persistence, commitment and resilience practiced in recovery can be applied to achieve one’s personal, educational and professional goals.
241. “We fall. We break. We fail. But then, we rise. We heal. We overcome.” – Unknown
242. Small actions build over time, and taking that first small action will help you gain momentum to keep moving forward. Even if you are afraid that you will be unable to remain sober, the act of seeking treatment can change your life. If you or your loved one is struggling, take inspiration from these love and addiction quotes and make a change. Start by reaching out to a treatment center like Liberty Ranch that offers evidence-based programming to learn more about next steps.
243. If You Find Yourself In A Hole,
244. “Blame is such a self-defeating choice. It renders one helpless, putting any solution well out of reach, for we rarely can change others. Consider this, a solution well within your reach, someone you can surely change: yourself.” — Russ Kyle
245. ”Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.”
246. “It takes a lot of strength to ride the storm of addiction, but it’s worth it.” ~ Maggie Swann
247. Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise. – H. G. Wells
248. “To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.” – Sister Mary Lauretta
"249. I made a commitment to try sobriety, developed a strong spiritual practice, and eventually found yoga. I decided not to let my relationship with alcohol affect my ability to be social or have fun. I started feeling and looking better—along with my bank account, might I add. After a year, I accepted sobriety as a lifestyle, and I’ve been on a mission ever since to show people that sober is the new cool.” —Carly Benson, 36, sober for nine years
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‘I wouldn’t trade all the shit I endured over the years for what I have today'
“As far back as I can remember, I had two elements of mental illness: a low level of constant anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. These chemical imbalances were the perfect breeding ground to foster a binge-drinking problem.
To quiet my mind and shed my once pervasive ‘nerd’ identity, alcohol was the perfect antidote. I didn’t realize that not everyone partook in underage (and then, of age) drinking—and that my behavior wasn’t considered the norm. As many of my peers in recovery say, first it was fun, then fun with problems, and then just problems. All the ‘peace’ and confidence drinking provided in the moment would be completely erased the next day, as my body and mind would be wrecked by the physical and emotional ravages of the night before. Losing phones, breaking bones, ambulance rides to the hospital for safekeeping. These weren’t normal rites of passage."
250. 12. “I’m cheering you on and know you’ll do big things! You’re one of the most strong, positive people I know. You are magical like a unicorn, and everyone knows unicorns can do anything! Congratulations on this very important 23 years sober anniversary.”
251. “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
252. “Everyday men, women, and adolescents take their first steps on this journey. Dramatic changes do happen.” ~ Joe Herzanek
253. “There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.” ― John Ciardi
254. “There is a place in this movement for everybody, whether you just want to share your story at a school, share your story with your neighbor or you want to speak to your legislator about how important supporting addiction recovery is for our communities.” ~ Greg Williams
255. “Your direction is more important than your speed.” -Richard L. Evans
256. “Recovery is something you have to work on every single day, and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.” – Demi Lovato
257. “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.
258. “Congratulations on making it another year and being so persistent. You are a bright light to new comers coming into the program. The service you provide within the program does not go unnoticed. Grateful for how much you have helped me.”
259. “I’m so happy to see you taking care of yourself.”
260. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” —Ernest Hemingway
261. He who is intoxicated with wine will be sober again in the course of the night, but he who is intoxicated by the cupbearer will not recover his senses until the day of judgement.
262. 17. The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.
263. Getting sober quote
264. “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
265. Drew Barrymore used to feel weak because of how much she struggled to make changes in her life. Getting sober taught her that she actually was capable of self-improvement.
266. “Get in touch with your intuition. The answers are inside if we have a process to be introspective.” – Dr. Herby Bell
267. When we become sober, for the first time in a very long time, life becomes worthwhile.
"268. That statement hit me like a ton of bricks, and I knew in my heart it was true. I made a decision on that day that I would not drink until further notice. I had no idea at that time how long that would be, but I knew I had to try something I’d never tried before, which was cutting out drugs and alcohol completely from my life.
When I got back to Cancun, I began reading about alcohol use disorder and educated myself on why I drank. I started a blog about my sobriety and began forming connections with others through the online recovery community. A year into my sobriety, I tried 12-step meetings, and I also found meditation and CrossFit to be helpful. Every good thing I have in my life is a direct result of choosing recovery every single day.” — Kelly F., 32, sober for four years"
269. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
270. Discover inspiration and motivation for you, a loved one, or anyone in recovery to continue their sober journey. Celebrate a life free of the chains of addiction. Read, share, and be inspired by these beautiful sober anniversary quotes. You deserve help & success in recovery. Here’s to living a great life free of substance abuse & its underlying mental health pains.
271. Inspirational quotes from “The alcohol detox diet I used to get sober”
272. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ~The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
273. “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 of Parched
274. “I understand how you feel.”
275. 30 days clean and sober quotes: 30 days is no joke. You’ve come a long way since a month ago and still have a bright future. Keep on going!
276. “Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind.” – Anne Fletcher
277. 24 hours sober quotes: You’ve done what everyone in recovery has done today. You’ve taken one day at a time and made it to the next day! Now do it again!
278. “Just because you’re sober, don’t think you’re a good driver, Cookie.” – John Irving
279. “You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.” — Joel Osteen
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281. “Part of emotional sobriety lies in learning how to live with and manage a certain amount of stress, ambivalence, fear, anxiety, and disappointment, and how to temper those emotions and feelings with love, acceptance, productivity, and community.” – Tian Dayton
282. “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 of Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos
283. “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
284. I am not defined by my relapses, but by my decision to remain in recovery despite them.
285. ‘I chose sober because I wanted a better life. I stay sober because I got one’
286. Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you have to change.
287. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
288. “In my experience, and in the experience of most people I have talked with, the family’s recovery often coincides with or precedes the recovery of the addicted individual.” – Beverly Conyers
289. “Addiction brings apathy. Break the apathy, and you break the addiction.” – Mango Wodzak
"290. In addition to addiction, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, which I had been self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. I was prescribed an antidepressant to treat my depression appropriately. After leaving detox, I threw myself into recovery. I took the antidepressant religiously. I went to outpatient rehab and immediately started going to 12-step meetings. I became willing to do whatever it took to not pick up a drink. Part of my recovery included writing a memoir, Girl Walks Out of a Bar, about my struggles and journey in sobriety.
Still, as a lawyer, I feared telling anyone at work about my struggle or even my recovery because of the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health disorders. However, when my memoir was coming out, I had to come clean at work. I was thrilled by the understanding and compassion I received. The process of telling people made me realize that these issues touch everyone, whether it’s through their own experience or those of family or friends. Now I advocate publicly for smashing the stigma I once feared. Today, sobriety has given me a life beyond my wildest dreams, and I could not be more grateful.” —Lisa Smith, 51, sober for 13 years"
291. “Happy Soberversary! One quarter of a year has gone by in your sobriety. You are so deserving of a happy and healthy life. Congratulations on your sustained sobriety! Keep working those steps, and I’ll keep cheering you on.” (13
292. I Know You’re Tired, I Know You Feel Like Giving Up, But You’re Not Going To.
293. “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” ― Winston Churchill
294. “You’ve accomplished more in 9 years than most have in their lifetime. I am in awe of your magical strength! Happy 9th Sobriety Birthday! I love you!!”
295. “Blind, broke, jobless, and frustrated, Kevin found it difficult to get through the following few months. But he had one big thing going for him.
296. 13. ‘I chose sober because I wanted a better life. I stay sober because I got one’
297. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” -Naeem Callaway
298. “I am so proud of you for overcoming addiction. You’re an inspiration to those currently battling this condition. I hope you continue to grow in your journey, and we can celebrate together again next year.”
299. “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
300. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
301. “Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been.” ― Jamie Lee Curtis
302. “When in doubt, choose change” -Lily Leung with a light green background
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304. 67. “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
305. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
306. “There is no question that sobriety has made me a better actor, made me a better person.” ― Edie Falco
307. Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.
308. “I’ve been sober now for a couple of years and I’m taking my sobriety very seriously – one day at a time and I am moving forward in my career.” ― Daniel Baldwin
309. “There is no better high than discovery.” ― E. O. Wilson
310. “Baby steps are key–baby steps and lots and lots of praise.” ~ Erica Spiegelman
311. “There are multiple pathways to addiction recovery and ALL are cause for celebration!” – William L. White
312. Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
313. “You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.” – Nina Simone
314. “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott
315. “Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles, and you have to change it.” — James Lee Curtis
316. “When I got sober and was able to become a father and have a family, that was when some of the greatest lessons came.”
317. “Could man be drunk for ever
318. “God sends the dawn that we might see the might-have-beens that still might be.” ~Robert Brault
319. “I used drugs to feel better. I quit drugs to be better.” – Unknown
320. 6 month sobriety quotes – 7 months sober quotes: You have reclaimed half a year of your life from substance use. I’m honored to congratulate you on your half-year of recovery.
321. “I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.” ― Gail Caldwell, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author
322. Sobriety quotes can compliment a persons sobriety but they are not enough on their own to keep a person sober, or indeed to help them to get sober from alcohol.
323. “The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.” – Anonymous
324. 12. "The goal isn't to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don't need to drink."
325. “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
326. “All the mistakes I’ve ever made in my life have been when I’ve been drunk. I haven’t made hardly any mistakes sober, ever.” — Tracey Emin
327. Know you can and did do it. Every year will be another big step in your path to a happy life. May your next year sober bring you much happiness and pride.
328. “The truth is that almost two-thirds of Americans have friends or family members who have struggled with addiction. ~ William Cope Moyers
329. “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” – Charles Bukowski
330. “I am not defined by my relapses, but by my decision to remain in recovery despite them.” – Anonymous
331. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
332. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
333. “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
334. You are not the same person you were when you were in the depths of your addiction. It can be easy to forget how far you’ve come and how much you’ve changed during sobriety. Acknowledging all the good things about you will help you stay focused on the positive aspects of being sober. (This woman says getting sober saved her life.)
335. “They say getting sober in AA is simple, but not easy. Just like winning the lottery, I guess.”
336. “There's a couple of common fallacies about sobriety. One being that people hit a bottom and then that's that. Most addicts have many bottoms,” Shepard explained during a 2019 conversation on Off Camera With Sam Jones, reflecting on one moment that made him “take stock” of his life. “I am about to star in this movie, Zathura; they're paying me a ton of money; people recognize me at the airport. I'm doing everything I had dreamt of doing for 30 years. It all came true, and I'm the least happy I've ever been in my life. I'm closest to not wanting to be alive as I've ever been, and I had every single thing on paper that I'd ever wanted. I feel grateful for this because I was able to say, 'Something much more profound is broken.’”
337. “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
338. “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 of Out on the Cutting Edge
339. “You need to be bold enough and strong enough to let your loved one’s recovery unfold or not unfold as it is meant to, not as you want it to.” – Carole Bennett
340. “I’m pregnant, which means I’m sober, swollen, and hungry. Approach with caution.” — Unknown
341. “Relax. Breathe. It takes time, but there is a great joy to be had in moments of every day. Just remember, you’re learning new steps, a new dance.” – Lisa Frederiksen
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343. “The greatest mistake to make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” -Elbert Hubbard
344. “No sober day is wasted.
345. “When we trust that we’re the ocean, we’re not afraid of the waves” -Tara Brach
346. “Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” – Dr. Phil McGraw
347. “We don’t choose to become addicts but we do let addition choose us.” ― Toni Sorenson
348. “Recovery is about progression, not perfection.” — Unknown
349. “To sober up seems to many like making life “so serious,” as if seriousness precluded joy, warmth, spontaneity, and fun. But there can be a delusional, blind quality to non-sober festivities. To have our eyes open soberly with all our senses and memory intact allows some of the most rewarding, soul-nourishing, and long-lasting pleasures possible.” – Alexandra Katehakis
350. “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.’”
351. “There is a road to freedom. Its milestones are obedience, endeavour, honesty, order, cleanliness, sobriety, truthfulness, sacrifice, and love of the fatherland.” ― Adolf Hitler
352. Sometimes the hardest part on the sobriety journey is just getting started. Making the decision to get help, to make real changes, and to commit to those changes is never easy. Acknowledge this important step and thank your sober friend or family member for making that life-changing decision.
353. The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.
354. It takes true grit, determination, and an almost superhuman strength to battle addiction and come out on top. Don’t let your sober loved ones forget just how strong they are – that inner strength has been their lifesaver and it deserves to be acknowledged.
355. “By the Grace of GOD”
356. I can honestly say, all the bad things that ever happened to me were directly, directly attributed to drugs and alcohol. I mean, I would never urinate at the Alamo at nine o'clock in the morning dressed in a woman's evening dress sober.
357. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
358. “I know, despite all my best efforts and deepest desires, that I can’t guarantee a happy, healthy, and successful path for my children; still, once in a while, I feel the tide touching my toes.” ~ D’Anne Burwell
359. The first part of getting sober, or helping someone else be sober, is understanding what sobriety is.
360. ‘Live less out of habit and more out of intent.’
361. “Sometimes, you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” – Dr. Phil
362. 26. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” ― Ernest Hemingway
363. Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense - very far in excess of one-half of one per cent - into their otherwise sober documents.
364. “My Recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not have to come last.” — Unknown
365. To be “clean and sober” is increasingly becoming uncommon these days. It seems like everyone is either into alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. The reasons vary widely―from peer pressure to sheer curiosity―but it is commonly seen that the habit is picked up in the younger years.
366. 23. “Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale
367. This is the truth of a sober journey. We get to define how the story ends.
368. “The worst part about anything that’s self-destructive is that it’s so intimate. You become so close with your addictions and illnesses that leaving them behind is like killing the part of yourself that taught you how to survive.” -Lacey L.
369. “With boundaries, it comes down to this, that you don’t support the illness, you support recovery.” — Christopher Kennedy Lawford
370. It’s Not That Some People Have Willpower And Some Don’t.
371. “I’ve never met an alcoholic in recovery who doesn’t believe that this is the best thing they have ever done.” – Adam Clayton
372. “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
373. Recovery Is AboutProgression Not Perfection.
374. When it’s “one day at a time”, it can be hard to realize the full scope of everything you’ve accomplished. Remind your sober friends and family members of everything they’ve achieved since becoming sober, and all the reasons they have to keep staying the course.
375. “Which is recorded of Socrates, that he was able both to abstain from, and to enjoy, those things which many are too weak to abstain from, and cannot enjoy without excess. But to be strong enough both to bear the one and to be sober in the other is the mark of a man who has a perfect and invincible soul.”
376. “Be proud of your scars. They have everything to do with your strength, and what you’ve endured. They’re a treasure map to the deep self.”
377. “We’re all looking at the people around us, the people who have gone before us who have succeeded in recovery and have long-term sobriety and they are an illustration for us of how good it can be.” — Scott Stevens
378. ”Moderation is like sobriety: you would like to have some more, but are afraid of making yourself ill.” ― Francois de La Rochefoucauld
379. “All the mistakes I’ve ever made in my life have been when I’ve been drunk. I haven’t made hardly any mistakes sober, ever.” — Tracey Emin, English artist
380. “You know, a lot of people feel that sobriety is about just stopping using whatever it was that you appeared to be addicted to, but it really has to do with a way of looking at your life and taking accountability.” — Bonnie Raitt
381. “It takes a lot of strength and courage to stay sober. I don’t know if I could do it.”
382. “On New Years Eve, I went on one last gender bender before sobering up the next morning as I promised myself.”
383. This isn’t the first time you’ve faced a serious challenge in your life and it may help you to look back and draw on what you learned, Dr. Heinzerling says. Write down your strengths and your objectives; this will help keep you sober and focused on your goal.
384. “The CRAFT approach, developed by Bob Meyers at U of New Mexico, is one set of important tools that DO work, and it feels great to see families using these strategies and getting results, feeling hopeful again, feeling empowered, getting support, learning to trust themselves again, getting their lives and the lives of their children back.” – Jeff Foote, PhD
385. “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" with cream background
386. “Above anything else—above family or job—the main thing is staying sober. That’s because without being sober, I don’t have a family or a job.” — William Regal
387. “We should be open to change to ensure that our addiction to life always remains under check.” – Dr. Prem Jagyasi
388. “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
389. 9. “Just wanted you to know someone is always thinking of you! Life is a series of baby steps. The goal isn’t to just be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need or want to not be sober. I’m always here as your best friend if you ever need me.”
390. Maybe we should all get drunk and tell each other everything we're too afraid to say sober
391. “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.” – Robert Downey Jr.
392. tags: addict, addiction, addiction-and-recovery, alcohol-abuse, alcoholism, mental-health, sober, sobriety, substance-abuse6 likesLike
393. “Being a little kinder, a little slower to anger, a little more loving makes my life better—day by day.” ― Alcoholics Anonymous, Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members
394. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
395. “There are hours for rest, and hours for wakefulness; nights for sobriety and nights for drunkenness—(if only so that possession of the former allows us to discern the latter when we have it; for sad as it is, no human body can be happily drunk all the time).”
396. It must never be forgotten that the purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous is to sober up alcoholics. There is no religious or spiritual requirement for membership. No demands are made on anyone. An experience is offered which members may accept or reject. That is up to them.
397. “An alcoholic without a sponsor is like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank.” — Unknown
398. “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
399. ‘There is no shame in beginning again, for you get a chance to build bigger and better than before.’
400. “Hello fentanyl, goodbye world.” ― Steven Magee
401. Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.
402. “The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.” – Unknown
403. being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised
404. “We want ecstasy as a way of life, not a liver-poisoning alcoholiday from it.”
405. “I am pregnant which means I am sober, swollen and hungry. Approach with caution.”
406. Do not say that faith in Christ alone can save you, for this is not possible if you do not attain love for Him, which is demonstrated by deeds. As for mere faith: "The demons also believe and tremble" (James, 2:19). The action of love consists in heartfelt good deeds toward one's neighbor, magnanimity, patience, and sober use of things.
407. “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”
408. “Congrats on 3 years of continuous sobriety! I know you’ve faced challenges this year and you’ve overcome them with a strength that has been wonderful to see. You’re given this gift for a purpose and I look forward to watching you grow.”
409. “My brother is one of my true heroes. Steady and sober where I am impulsive and emotional.”
410. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
411. “What is broken can be mended. What hurts can be healed. And no matter how hard it gets, the sun will rise again.” – Unknown
412. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” -Audre Lorde
413. “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” — Sir Winston Churchill
414. “My brother is one of my true heroes. Steady and sober where I am impulsive and emotional.” – Mark McKinnon
415. 29. “I think sober is the new black. That’s the cool thing now. I’m trying to make it the cool thing.” ― Ronnie Radke
416. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”
417. “We accept many health insurance plans. Get your life back in order, take a look at our residential program.”
418. “Part of recovery is relapse. I dust myself off and move forward again.” – Steven Alder
419. “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
420. “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
"421. In April 2013, after a particularly brutal hangover, I looked at the calendar and realized I had exactly six months to go until I turned 30. Suddenly, the idea of taking my problem drinking with me into the next decade seemed incredibly sad and depressing.
In my previous, half-hearted attempts at quitting, I’d always white-knuckled it by myself and spent the whole time feeling miserable, annoyed, and lost in my own head. This time, I spent a lot of time reading books, listening to podcasts, and trying to educate myself about alcohol and addiction. I started writing a blog and reached out to other sober bloggers. Those small steps made such a difference, as I began to meet people who were sober and—shockingly—really enjoying life!"
422. “In alcohol's defence, I've done some idiotic shit sober.”
"423. The good news is that I’ve learned to walk with my chin held high and no secret shadows in my life. I’ve relied upon my family, friends, faith, and that program to help get me where I am today. I now have a flourishing career in a new field and a stronger marriage and friendships, and I found that joy and self-worth I’d been chasing right inside my own self.” —Julie Elsdon-Height, 45, sober for eight years
'It’s about creating a life that's so good, you don't need to numb out from it'
“I don’t have a dramatic rock-bottom story. In fact, not having a rock bottom was one of the things that nearly stopped me from getting sober at all. I had a very fixed idea of what a problem drinker looked like, and I wasn’t it. I was convinced that things weren’t ‘bad enough’ for me to have to quit completely.
Even at the height of my drinking, I worked out. I ran. I got promoted. On the outside, things certainly looked fine. I was succeeding at work and keeping everything together. I wasn’t pouring vodka on my cornflakes or drinking and driving. But every night, I had this irresistible urge to hit the self-destruct button."
424. tags: alcohol, connection, drugs, happiness, incubus, intimacy, party, partying, random, sex, sex-appeal, sober, sobriety, soul, soulmates, spiritual, spirituality, strangers, time32 likesLike
425. ‘Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life’ – JK Rowlings
426. “Trust patterns, not apologies.” — Why Drew Barrymore Got Sober Last December, Drew Barrymore revealed a surprising personal fact to her fans: the star actress has been sober for well over two years. In an interview on CBS Mornings, Barrymore told the hosts that although she hasn’t talked about it before in public, she actually has “not had a drink…
427. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier
428. “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
429. It’s easy to reflect on the past and get stuck on what you should have done differently. Sure, there are constructive lessons to be taken from past failures. However, hyper-focusing on what you wish you could have changed can lead to unhelpful negative thought patterns. You may think “Had I never tried heroin, I wouldn’t have gotten addicted”. Or “If I had gotten sober ten years ago, my life wouldn’t be such a mess”. Sure, that’s a possibility, but this way of thinking causes unproductive shame spirals, paralyzing us from taking action now. Although we can’t change the past, we do have a say in what our futures will look like. Focusing on what you haven’t done will only draw you away from accomplishing new things. Don’t let your past stop you from getting help today. There is no better time than now to invest in a better future. Contact a treatment center to learn more about recovery options.
430. “Prohibition kills, education saves lives” ― Dominic Milton Trott
431. My brother is one of my true heroes. Steady and sober where I am impulsive and emotional. - Mark McKinnon
432. 63. “To sober up seems to many like making life “so serious,” as if seriousness precluded joy, warmth, spontaneity, and fun. But there can be a delusional, blind quality to non-sober festivities. To have our eyes open soberly with all our senses and memory intact allows some of the most rewarding, soul-nourishing, and long-lasting pleasures possible.” – Alexandra Katehakis
433. “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
434. “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
435. “Not until we are lost we begin to find ourselves.” ~Henry David Thoreau
436. “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, American singer
437. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher
438. The goal isn't to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don't need to drink.
439. I think a guy who's had just the right amount of booze can sing the blues a hell of a lot better than a guy who is stone sober.
440. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
441. “People still question my sobriety, my commitment to the program, and that hurts. I take things day by day, and sometimes I take them minute by minute, but I honor my commitment to stay sober.”
442. “Someone who is trying to be sober is often trying to work out deeper emotional issues and is attempting to undo years of habitual behavior. When you reduce recovery to just abstinence, it simplifies what is really a much more complex issue.”
443. “It is the tendency of deep feeling to subdue the manner rather than to render it too energetic.”
444. Addiction is never easy. To get sober, you must want to free yourself from the grasp of addiction.
445. “Education gives sobriety to the young, comfort to the old, riches to the poor and is an ornament to the rich.” ― Diogenes
446. “I’m pretty confident about my sobriety, but I don’t want to get too confident because that’s when I’ll crash.” ― Mary Docter
447. "Yes, I'm drunk. And you're beautiful. And tomorrow morning, I'll be sober but you'll still be beautiful.. – The Dreamers
448. “A compassionate approach leads to less addiction.” – Johann Hari
449. It's the first tournament I've won on the PGA Tour in a sober manner, so it's a great feeling knowing I can do it sober. I don't think two years ago I could have pulled this off.
450. “Life is a series of relapses and recoveries.” – George Ade
451. “I chose sober because I wanted a better life. I stay sober because I got one’ – Unknown
452. “It’s a fucking rad day to be sober! Happy 2 Years! Just wanted you to know that I think you’re a rockstar! Many people don’t have the opportunity to celebrate life after such a struggle. Continue to push on and reach for your dreams.”
453. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” -Robert Collier with faded blue and green gradient
454. “Somebody once asked me how I define sobriety, and my response was ‘liberation from dependence’.” — Leslie Jamison, The Gin Closet
455. It’s just really because I don’t want to be on national television. I’m just not made for that kind of stuff anymore. I want to stay sober and I can’t do that sober. It doesn’t feel safe to me to be in that kind of exposure, scrutiny, comparison to people.
456. “A compassionate approach leads to less addiction.” ~ Johann Hari
457. “It takes a lot of strength to ride the storm of addiction, but it’s worth it.”
458. tags: aa, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholics-anonymous, drunk, escapism, reality, rehab, sober, sobriety7 likesLike
459. On what getting sober taught her:
460. Sobriety is no walk in the park and it takes a real BADASS (or a tenacious sparkle unicorn) to kick addiction’s butt. Pump up your sober brother or sister by letting them know just how much they SLAY and are straight up FIRE. It’ll give them fuel to keep kicking butts and taking names!
461. Drugs take you to hell, disguised as heaven.” – Donald Lyn Frost
462. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
463. being sober
464. Ask yourself, “What do I get out of drinking with people that you don’t get from spending time sober with them?”
465. “Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.” -Maya Angelou
466. “Recovery Is About Progression Not Perfection.” – Unknown
467. “The hopeful part about that is when you do have that help, you will feel better. It still doesn’t make this easy. Nothing makes this easy, but you can make better decisions.” ~ David Sheff
468. “All the sobriety which’ religion needs or requires is that which real earnestness produces.” ― Henry Ward Beecher
469. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” ~Kathryn Stockett, The Help
470. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
471. One of the best things about getting sober is how quickly you start to see positive changes in your health and life,” Dr. Heinzerling says. Within weeks you will likely see lower blood pressure and heart rate, improved blood sugar regulation, better sleep, clearer skin, fewer headaches, less chronic pain, a better sex life, mental clarity, more energy and focus, and less anxiety and depression, he says.
472. “Recovery is not a race. You don’t have to feel guilty if it takes you longer than you thought it would.” – Unknown
473. “First, you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
474. “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” – George Bernard Shaw
475. “The undiscerning observer may think that this mixture of ideal and reality, of the human and spiritual, is most likely to be present where there are a number of levels in the structure of a community, as in marriage, the family, friendship, where the human element as such already assumes a central importance in the community’s coming into being at all, and where the spiritual is only something added to the physical and intellectual. According to this view, it is only in these relationships that there is a danger of confusing and mixing the two spheres, whereas there can be no such danger in a purely spiritual fellowship. This idea, however, is a great delusion. According to all experience the truth is just the opposite. A marriage, a family, a friendship is quite conscious of the limitations of its community-building power; such relationships know very well, if they are sound, where the human element stops and the spiritual begins. They know the difference between physical-intellectual and spiritual community. On the contrary, when a community of a purely spiritual kind is established, it always encounters the danger that everything human will be carried into and intermixed with this fellowship. A purely spiritual relationship is not only dangerous but also an altogether abnormal thing. When physical and family relationships or ordinary associations, that is, those arising from everyday life with all its claims upon people who are working together, are not projected into the spiritual community, then we must be especially careful. That is why, as experience has shown, it is precisely in retreats of short duration that the human element develops most easily. Nothing is easier than to stimulate the glow of fellowship in a few days of life together, but nothing is more fatal to the sound, sober, brotherly fellowship of everyday life. There is probably no Christian to whom God has not given the uplifting experience of genuine Christian community at least once in his life. But in this world such experiences can be no more than a gracious extra beyond the daily bread of Christian community life. We have no claim upon such experiences, and we do not live with other Christians for the sake of acquiring them. It is not the experience of Christian brotherhood, but solid and certain faith in brotherhood that holds us together. That God has acted and wants to act upon us all, this we see in faith as God’s greatest gift, this makes us glad and happy, but it also makes us ready to forego all such experiences when God at times does not grant them. We are bound together by faith, not by experience. ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity’—this is the Scripture’s praise of life together under the Word. But now we can rightly interpret the words ‘in unity’ and say, ‘for brethren to dwell together through Christ’. For Jesus Christ alone is our unity. ‘He is our peace’. Through him alone do we have access to one another, joy in one another, and fellowship with one another.”
476. “Why didn’t you tell me you were in recovery?”
478. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb
479. “… being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised.” ― Anne Lamott
480. On tackling depression after getting sober:
481. “Sobriety itself is today’s high, for it is ultimately in the most centered consciousness that we find our power to transcend the world.” ― Marianne Williamson
482. “Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.” — Pythagoras
483. I was a sober as the next guy. The only problem is the next guy was Dean Martin
484. Thomas nodded and approached Matthew cautiously, as one might approach a stray cat on the street. Some time ago James had discovered that healing runes sobered Matthew up: not entirely, but enough.
485. tags: addiction, alcoholism, alcoholism-addiction-recovery, mantra, recovering-addict, recovering-alcoholism, recovery-quotes, sober-living, sobriety3 likesLike
486. “I’ve always believed clear-eyed sobriety was for the harder hearted.” ― Gillian Flynn
487. “People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, and 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
488. “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 the flaw in my thinking, 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.”
"489. “If you keep walking in the same direction, you’ll end up where you’re headed” cloud illustration
Make choices that honor your truest self:
23. “Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you- all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who are you” -Rachel Naomi Remen
Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you- all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who are you” -Rachel Naomi Remen"" light blue background"
490. “One thing I learned in sobriety is to stop being judgmental, to always be discerning. When I drive, that will be my bumper sticker.” ― Kevin Sessums
491. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” ― Ernest Hemingway
492. Work is my hobby, staying sober is my job.
493. “Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.” -Maya Angelou dark green background
494. “First, Resolve upon, and daily endeavour to practise, a life of seriousness and strict sobriety. ” ~David Brainerd
495. “By changing the way I interact with my drinker, I will help him come to the decision that entering treatment will improve his life.” – Robert Meyers, PhD
496. “Have an amazing AA birthday. You deserve to be happy and healthy today and every day thereafter.”
497. “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
498. “I’m so happy to celebrate this moment with you on your journey!”
499. Remember that every single day we are sober, we are sober by choice.
500. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” -Paulo Coelho with two roses
501. Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
502. I once shook hands with Pat Boone and my whole right side sobered up.
503. 28. “I was glad to be sober, but after ninety days, people weren’t patting me on the back anymore, sayin’, ‘Good job on the sobriety! Go get ’em!’” ― Chris Farley
504. “...do you think if you died drunk you’d sober up before you met Jesus?”
505. “The fact that you woke up this morning is proof that this day has already been predetermined in your favor.” — Russ Kyle
506. “There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty.” ― Alcoholics Anonymous
"507. When my alcohol misuse began to impact my work, I knew things had gone too far. When I couldn't keep it to the weekends, when I couldn't keep it to a social activity but instead took to drinking alone to calm my racing mind, I knew I had to seek change. From my doctor, I got the name of a therapist who specialized in addiction issues. It was the first time in my life that a professional had stated clearly—and without an ounce of hesitancy—that I had a problem. Something about that—the expert acknowledging what I'd known to be true for so long—changed the way I saw my alcohol-focused life. Something about the words she used and the hope she had for me made me realize that I didn't have to keep drinking.
Every day it's a choice—and many days it's not an easy one. But, for me, it's always proven to be the right one. I never wake up with regret. I never wake up wondering where I am or who I might have been the night before. As I often say to those struggling at the beginning of sobriety: It gets easier, but it's never easy. Seven years in and there are still difficult days, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. Sobriety changed every aspect of my life for the better and, had I never given it a try, I never would have known the woman I have come to be.” —Dani D., 34, sober for seven years"
508. “Never, never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill
509. ‘If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten’ – Tony Robbins