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850 Inspiring Quotes for Recovering Alcoholics (2023)

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

1. “Where there is life there is hope. ”– Ron Grover


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


3. “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


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


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


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


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


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


9. ” I can’t promise that in our relationship you won’t face any problems, but I surely can promise that you won’t face them alone! ” – Rose Hathway


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


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


12. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. ” —Deepak Chopra


13. “Success is the Sum of Small Efforts, Repeated Day In and Day Out” – Robert Collier


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


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


16. “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


17. “When your heart is breaking for someone who is broken, but your words can’t reach them, ask the angels to go where you cannot. To whisper into their heart that their ears can’t hear: “We will not give up on you. Don’t give up on yourself.”


18. “Happiness is not to be found at the bottom of a bottle or from the tip of a needle; it is not to be found admist a cloud of smoke or within a sugar-coated pill. If you look for it in these places, you will find naught but despair.”


19. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford


20. “It’s simple, not necessarily easy but the rewards are endless.”


21. “She goes from one addiction to another. All are ways for her to not feel her feelings.”


22. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wild


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


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


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


26. “Loving an addicted child is like grieving his death and fighting for his life at the same time”. All while hated, helpless, and alone.”- Anonymous


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


28. “The roots of addiction can be seen in our search for happiness in something outside of our self, be it drugs, relationships, material possessions. ” ― Lee L Jampolsky


29. “You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.”- Anonymous


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


31. “Addiction is a disease that makes you too selfish to see the havoc you created or care about the people whose lives you have shattered.”


32. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”


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


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


35. “Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.”


36. “Addiction denied is recovery delayed. ”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana


37. “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. ” — Zig Ziglar


38. “Before you can break out of prison, you must realise you are locked up. ”– Anonymous


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


46. “No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions. ” — Patrick J. Kennedy


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


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


49. “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost


50. “My favorite six words in Recovery are: trust God, clean house and help others.” — Matthew Perry


51. “You’re doing incredible work. Don’t give up!”


52. “It is hard to understand addiction unless you have experienced it.”


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


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


55. ‘Everyone wants happiness. No one wants pain. But you cant have a rainbow without a little rain’


56. “What do I want for my future? What am I currently doing to achieve that? How do I feel about what I’m currently doing?”


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


58. “My favorite six words in recovery are: trust God, clean house, and help others.” — Matthew Perry


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


60. “When you can stop, you don't want to. And when you want to stop, you can't. That's addiction.”


61. “You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships daily. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Epicurus


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


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


64. ‘Sometimes when in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, when actually you’ve been planted. ’ – Christine Caine


65. “Every worth act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery. ” — Mahatma Gandhi


66. “From the fool and the drunkard you may learn the truth.” — Modern Greek proverb


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


68. “As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.”


69. “First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes a man.”


70. “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.


71. “When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.”Nobody ever said getting clean was easy, and it takes discipline to maintain it long-term. And while the uphill climb may seem impossible at first, the end result is one of the most rewarding accomplishments you’ll ever experience. The reward is regaining your life and reaching your true potential, making the hard work at the beginning totally worth it.


72. “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.”


73. “Not having the best situation, but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness.” (Marie Forleo)


74. “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” – Isaac Asimov


75. “It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with.” — Fergie


76. “If you’re not moving away from a drink, then you’re moving closer to it”


77. “It is 10 years since I used drugs or alcohol and my life has improved immeasurably. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships, and, generally, a bright outlook… The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational.” – Russell Brand


78. “Drugs are just for those who cannot accept or handle reality.”


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


80. “I got a message, a little thought, that said, ‘Do you want to live or die?’ I said I wanted to live. And suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing.” (Anthony Hopkins)


81. “I finally summoned up the courage to say three words that would change my life: “I need help.” Thank you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety. I am eternally grateful.”


82. “Recovery is not a race. You don't have to feel guilty if it takes you longer than you thought it would.”


83. “I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn’t have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. I didn’t make for an interesting person. I didn’t want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone. On the other hand, when I got drunk I screamed, went crazy, got all out of hand. One kind of behavior didn’t fit the other. I didn’t care.”


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


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


86. “You wanna get drunk? Get drunk with an idea, not with alcohol. Get drunk with alcohol, you ruin your life. Get drunk with an idea, you enhance your life.”


87. “You are not weak for struggling. You are strong for continuing to fight.”


88. “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


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


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


91. “The Most Common Way People Give Up Their Power is by Thinking They Don’t Have Any” – Alice Walker


92. “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.” – Kurt Cobain on the futility of substance abuse.


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


94. ‘You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day’


95. “It is only through one's own efforts to turn toward life on its own terms and to develop a wiser relationship to what's there through mindfulness and compassion that make freedom from addictive patterns possible.” (Noah Levine)


96. “Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s a rat in a maze. ” — Tess Callahan


97. “My recovery depends on who God is, not who I am.”


98. “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” – Paulo Coelho


99. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb


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


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


102. “The Big Book’s chapter We Agnostics draws a line in the sand: God either is or He isn’t. What was our choice to be (Alcoholics Anonymous, 53)? Nature abhors a vacuum and a state of nothing can’t exist in either the material or spiritual world. This kind of binary thinking made sense in the autocratic world of 1939. But in a democratic, pluralist society, all-or-nothing thinking is a cognitive distortion—a philosophical assumption that everything is right or wrong, good or evil, superior or inferior. In this millennium, people can hold opposing views and be equals in the same community. Our Traditions, lovingly and tolerantly, make room for more than one truth. That’s a good thing, because the only problem with the truth is that there are so many versions of it.”


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


104. “The priority of any addict is to anaesthetize the pain of living to ease the passage of day with some purchased relief.” — Russell Brand


105. “Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world. ” – Marianne Williamson


106. “How important is it?”


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


108. “If you can’t be available for the basic necessity of being there for your children, then something really needs to shift. It was that next day that I said, ‘All right. It’s time. Let’s give this a shot.’ And then a month went by, a couple months went by, I’m [like], ‘Alright. This feels good. This feels good.'”


109. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” (Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society)


110. “You don’t need to hide the fact that you’re in recovery, but you don’t have to share your history of addiction with acquaintances at work, either. ” ― Mallory Ortberg


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


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


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


114. I know you’re tired, I know you feel like giving up, but you’re not going to. You know why? Because you are strong, and when you’re survived through all the shit your addiction has but you through, you can survive recovery


115. “Addiction, the daily grind, the pressure and judgment we face, from both inside and out, wear us down and make us forget that it’s possible to truly love our life. ” — Adi Jaffe


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


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


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


119. 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


120. “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


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


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


123. “Recovery is about progression, not perfection.”- Anonymous


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


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


126. “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


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


128. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” — Babe Ruth


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


130. “Never take life for granted. Savor every sunrise, because no one is promised tomorrow…or even the rest of today.” ― Eleanor Brownn


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


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


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


134. “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


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


136. “Every time I draw a clean breath, I’m like a fish out of water.”


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


138. “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


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


140. “It is difficult to feel sympathy for these people. It is difficult to regard some bawdy drunk and see them as sick and powerless. It is difficult to suffer the selfishness of a drug addict who will lie to you and steal from you and forgive them and offer them help. Can there be any other disease that renders its victims so unappealing? Would Great Ormond Street be so attractive a cause if its beds were riddled with obnoxious little criminals that had “brought it on themselves?”


141. “Looking For Love and Looking In All The Wrong Places”


142. “I realized 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, ‘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.’” – Sir Elton John


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


144. “After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” — Oscar Wilde, on absinthe


145. “Your addiction rate will go up if you have gambling in this area. ” ― John Warren Kindt


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


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


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


149. “Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it. ” — Joseph Conrad


150. “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


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


152. “When you rise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …” ―Marcus Aurelius


153. “Once I was clear-headed, and I hadn’t been clear-headed in so long, I was like, I can never go back. And I’m still thankful. ” – Travis Barker


154. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Charlotte Whitton


155. “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


156. “Alcohol gives you endless patience for stupidity.”


157. “Overdose awareness is important to save our today and our tomorrow.”


158. ‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step’ – Martin Luther King


159. “When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” – Anonymous


160. “People are not addicted to alcohol or drugs, they are addicted to escaping reality.”


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


162. “Being loud after drinking wine doesn't help. Being silent after drinking wine doesn't help. Nothing really ever gets solved either way.”


163. “As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action.”


164. “May I always remember that the power within me is far greater than any fear before me. May I always have patience, for I am on the right road.”


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


166. “I didn’t even know I was addicted until I tried to stop.” — Unknown


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


175. 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


176. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt


177. “If no sober day was wasted, then nobody could take one from her. Even if today brought a slip, the total would stay the same. All that would happen wag that she would not be adding to it. It was like money in the bank. If you missed a deposit, that didn't mean the sum grew smaller.”


178. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse


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


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


181. “The road to recovery is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease”


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


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


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


185. “It is the wine that leads me on, the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs, laugh like a fool — it drives the man to dancing… it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told.” — Homer, The Odyssey


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


187. “Change your behaviors and your feelings will follow. ” – Susan McMahon


188. “Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour”


189. “Do not take an overdose, whether that relates to wisdom, motives, any tricks, or other objects and subjects that bring you down to only humiliate you. ” ― Ehsan Sehgal


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


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


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


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


194. ‘I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it’


195. “Adapt the remedy to the disease.”


196. “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


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


198. “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


199. “You’re worth it.”


200. “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


201. ‘F-E-A-R has two meanings: “Forget Everything And Run” or “Face Everything And Rise. ” The choice is yours. ‘ – Zig Ziglar


202. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. ” – Mark Twain


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


204. “The more you engage in any type of emotion or behavior, the greater your desire for it will become.”


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


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


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


208. “Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year-old.” — John Green, Paper Towns


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


210. “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


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


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


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


214. “The greatest step towards a life of recovery is the next one.” – Unknown


215. “You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.” — Joel Osteen


216. ‘If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten’ – Tony Robbins


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


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


219. “You are stronger than you think.”A lot of us think there’s no way we’ll ever be able to give up drugs or alcohol, but we underestimate the strength within ourselves. Sure, the easier route may be to give up and go back to our old ways, but we are fully capable of beating this disease once and for all. All it takes is focus, determination, and hard work.


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


221. “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”


222. “Every time I draw a clean breath, I’m like a fish out of water.” ― Narcotics Anonymous


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


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


225. “Do not get drunk! Why hasten your death?”


226. “Change your behaviours and your feelings will follow. ”– Susan McManhon


227. ” At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s keeping you together. ” – Anonymous


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


229. “Addicts are addicted to their drugs, and their families are addicted to hope. ” – Fredrik Backman


230. “All deaths are sudden, no matter how gradual the dying may be.” ― Michael McDowell


231. “We either win or we learn. So take the fuck-ups as new ways of getting good information about yourself. ” – Faith G. Harper


232. ” Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t. ” – Steve Maraboli


233. “I’ve been sober for 18 years now. It wasn’t like you flick a switch, and you’re sober. It takes a while. You have to learn how to do everything all over again. There is life after addiction, and it’s really good. If I had known, I’d have


234. “Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.” – Mahatma Gandhi


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


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


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


238. It still doesn’t make this easy. Nothing makes this easy, but you can make better decisions. ” ~ David Sheff


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


240. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends of being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take the step.” – Naeem Callaway


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


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


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


244. “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes


245. “Get your loved one the help they need. Our substance use disorder program accepts many health insurance plans, this is our residential program.”


246. “Identify specific and important goals you want to achieve to bring more meaning to your life.”


247. “I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson


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


249. “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.”


250. “Money is an acquired taste. But, once acquired, it becomes an addiction. ” — Helen McCloy


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


252. “My identify shifted when I got into recovery. That’s who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else. It gives me a spiritual anchor.”


253. “It is not I who became addicted. It is my body.” — Jean Cocteau


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


255. “There is so much to life; my heart breaks watching someone held captive by addiction. ” ― Mike Love


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


257. ‘‘If it weren’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 and to be around my people because they understand me actively. They get it.” – Macklemore


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


259. “Imagine trying to live without air. Now imagine something worse.” — Amy Reed


260. “I take refuge in the potential of my own recovery, I take refuge in the dharma, I take refuge in the community of fellow recovering addicts.”


261. “That’s all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end.” – Ringo Starr


262. “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.”


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


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


265. “There is a moral stigma to addiction, and it is prospective shame that drives people to resist admitting they have a problem. ” — Olivier Ameisen


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


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


268. “The horrible thing about being sober is you lose your excuse for being so fucked up.”


269. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for


270. “Drinking is something people do; it's not what you are. But when it becomes what you are, you need to think about becoming something else.”


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


272. The answers are inside if we have a process to be introspective. ” ~ Dr. Herby Bell


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


274. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. ” ~ Anne Lamott


275. “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.’” – Sir Elton John


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


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


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


279. “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


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


281. “Where humility had formerly stood for a forced feeding on humble pie, it now begins to mean the nourishing ingredient which can give us serenity.”


282. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.”


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


284. “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


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


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


287. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. ” – Napoleon Bonaparte


288. Believe you can, and you’re halfway there. ” – Theodore Roosevelt


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


290. ‘Live less out of habit and more out of intent. ’


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


292. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. ” — Vince Lombardi


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


294. Common Co-Occurring Disorders


295. “There is no elevator. You have to take the steps.”


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


297. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future. – Steve Maraboli


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


299. “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”


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


301. “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


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


303. “Little by little I found the beat again, and after that I found the joy again. I came back to my family with gratitude, and back to my work with relief.”


304. “I’m so proud of you.”


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


306. “You are truly inspiring to others who are struggling with addiction.”


307. “The socio-economic impact of gambling addiction is comparable to drug and alcohol addiction. ” ― John Warren


308. “It always seems impossible until it’s done. ”– Nelson Mandela, South African political leader, philanthropist and revolutionary


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


310. “Ask anyone who has been in a love relationship for a while: nothing is perfect.” – Tracy McMillan


311. “When I first started taking prescription pills, I didn’t think I had a problem. I had a good job and lots of friends. After a while though, I lost my job and slowly my friends. The thing is, I barely even noticed or cared. Finally, I got treatment after horrible withdrawals. Now that I am in recovery, I understand how blinding my addiction was.” – Nicole: Registered Nurse


312. “Your Addiction is Not You, But it Feels Like You Because You’ve Spent So Much Intimate Time Together” – Toni Sorenson


313. “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


314. 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


315. ‘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’


316. “People who have never had an addiction don’t understand how hard it can be.” – Payne Stewart


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


318. “While all aspects of our life are important, without a balance, you become addicted and like all addictions you lose. ” — Catherine Pulsifer


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


320. “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


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


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


323. “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” – Mark Twain


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


325. “Addictions and mental disorders are like a disease, and they need treatment. ” ― Syesha Mercado


326. “Hello fentanyl, goodbye world. ” ― Steven Magee


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


328. “I can take care of myself!” vs “ There is something bigger than me.”


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


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


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


332. “Every noble work is at first impossible.” – Thomas Carlyle


333. “It’s like I have loaded gun in my mouth and I like the taste of metal. The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.”


334. “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


335. “I’m so happy to celebrate this moment with you on your journey!”


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


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


338. “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” – Bernard Williams


339. “What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.” – Alice Miller on the true meaning of drug addiction recovery.


340. ‘When I focus on whats good today, I have a good day. When I focus on whats bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on the problem, the problem increases. If I focus on the answer, the answer increases. ’ – Big book of Alcoholics Anonymous quote


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


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


343. ” When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. ” – Catherine Ponder


344. “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.


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


346. “Keep it simple”


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


348. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime. ” — Benjamin Alire Sáenz


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


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


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


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


353. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.”


354. “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


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


356. “The strength to sustain recovery can only come from the addict understanding and defining his circle of influence, from recognising that there are factors over which he can exert authority and control, and from taking responsibility for the outcome of his actions.” (Morteza Khaleghi)


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


358. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” (Zen Proverb)


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


360. “Everything is impermanent – every pleasure, every pain, every body.”


361. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela


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


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


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


365. “It’s an addiction… and addiction is something I should know something about. ” — Keith Richards


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


367. “Unchecked, the three afflictions of anger, anxiety, and addiction collectively undermine your Happy Brain. ” — Dr Jay Kumar


368. “I’ve been in recovery for 23 years and relapsed seven times. But, the support I get in the recovery community has helped me every time I start drinking again. No judgment, just help and support. Without my recovery program, I know I would have drank myself into an early grave every time. Recovery isn’t always easy, but it certainly beats the alternative.” – Bill: Military Veteran


369. “Addiction is not a choice, it’s a disease.” – Unknown


370. “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


371. “That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen. ” – Charles Bukowski


372. “The fact that you woke up this morning is proof that this day has already been predetermined in your favor.” — Russ Kyle


373. “The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.” – Dale Carnegie


374. “Life should be lived daily despite the obstacles we may face. ” – Asa Don Brown


375. “My Recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not have to come last.” — Unknown


376. “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.”


377. ‘My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not have to come last’


378. “Recovery Is About Progression Not Perfection. ” – Unknown


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


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


381. ‘Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life’ – JK Rowlings


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


383. “The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals.” – Nicholas Sparks


384. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford


385. “A refuge is a safe place, a place of protection – a place that we go in times of need, a shelter.”


386. “I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.” — Winston Churchill


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


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


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


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


391. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, help is available


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


393. “I was in my mid-40s. I was a bulimic, and I realized if I continue with this addiction of mine, I will not be able to continue doing my life. The older you get the more damage it does; it takes longer to recover from a binge. And it was very hard.”


394. “Unreason is an essential medicine as long as you do not overdose. ― Dean Koontz, Forever Odd


395. “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


396. “A shot to kill the pain. A pill to drain the shame. A purge to end the gain. A cut to break the vein. A smoke to ease the craving. A drink to win the game. An addiction is an addiction because it all hurts the same.” – Unknown


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


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


399. “If you try to shut down your angel guidance, that’s the path to feeling unhappy and results in addiction. ” ― Doreen Virtue


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


401. “Methamphetamine is a hideous drug. Meth makes a person paranoid, violent, and aggressive – making them a serious threat to society and law enforcement. And maybe, more importantly, meth users threaten their children and families.” – Dirk Kempthorne


402. “Difficult relationships come into our lives for a reason. No one would choose them, certainly. But if we let them, they can teach us how to be flexible with others and more forgiving.” – Joan Bauer


403. “You are not weak for struggling. You are strong for continuing to fight.”- Anonymous


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


405. “Drugs, alcohol and ego. They are a bad mix.”