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273 Best Inspiring Quotes For Recovery From Addiction

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


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


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


4. “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


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


6. “Change must start from the individual. And the individual must want and feel ready to make such change.”– Efrat Cybulkiewicz


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


8. “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


9. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”– Ernest Hemingway


10. ‘It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy.’


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


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


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


14. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde


15. “We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world.” (Gabor Maté)


16. “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


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


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


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


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


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


22. ‘It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.’


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


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


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


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


27. “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking” (Alcoholics Anonymous)


28. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” (Mahatma Gandhi)


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


30. “Addiction begins with the hope that something “out there” can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.” – Jean Kilbourne


31. “The issue of addiction has spread like wildfire and it is affecting every corner of this globe.” – Asa Don Brown


32. “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


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


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


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


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


37. “Until you find out what you are running from, you will never figure out where you are going.” – Joseph A, Meyering Sr


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


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


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


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


42. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”– Friedrich Nietzsche


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


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


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


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


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


48. “Recovery is about progression, not perfection.”– Anonymous


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


50. “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.’


51. “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


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


53. “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


54. “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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


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


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


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


59. “When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” (Anonymous)


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


61. “My sobriety anniversary means so much to me because I feel like the day that I got sober was the day that I actually started living and so I like to call myself five years old.” (Demi Lovato)


62. “The human spirit is more powerful than any drug - and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter.” (Robin Williams)


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


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


65. “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)


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


67. 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


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


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


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


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


72. “We must dig deep inside our inner person and find that child who may have laid dormant for some time.” – Asa Don Brown


73. “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)


74. 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


75. “I’m going to be gone one day, and I have to accept that tomorrow isn’t promised. Am I OK with how I’m living today? It’s the only thing I can help. If I didn’t have another one, what have I done with all my todays? Am I doing a good job?” (Hayley Williams)


76. “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)


77. “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


78. “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/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide.” – Jamie Lee Curtis


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


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


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


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


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


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


85. “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


86. ‘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


87. “She goes from one addiction to another. All are ways for her to not feel her feelings.” – Ellen Burstyn


88. “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


89. “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


90. “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


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


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


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


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


95. “You are not weak for struggling. You are strong for continuing to fight.”– Anonymous


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


97. “Addiction is a battle between love and hate. My therapist was right about that.” – Garry Crystal


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


99. “Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.” – Gary Oldman


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


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


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


103. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”


104. ‘Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower.’ – Shigenori Kameoka


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


106. “I went to hell and back, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Then I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in, happy about life and comfortable in my skin.” – Drew Barrymore


107. “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


108. “You have to break down before you can break through.” – Marilyn Ferguson


109. “You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town.” (Anne Lamott)


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


111. “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


112. “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction.” — Gene Tierney


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


121. “You feel your strength in the experience of pain.” – Jim Morrison


122. ‘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


123. “With true friends…even water drunk together is sweet enough.”


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


125. “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


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


127. “Adapt the remedy to the disease.”


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


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


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


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


132. “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


133. “Secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction.” — Edward Teller


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


135. “We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” – John Green


136. “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


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


138. “Every day is a new day. No need to dwell on the past. Look straight ahead.”– Saint Charlotte


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


140. ‘Either do not begin or, having begun, do not give up.”


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


142. ‘Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.’ – Paulo Coelho


143. “A lot of people think that addiction is a choice. A lot of people think it’s a matter of will. That has not been my experience. I don’t find it to have anything to do with strength.” –Matthew Perry


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


145. ‘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


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


147. “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


148. “We have to be diligent in seeking after God, emotionally attached and consciously aware of Him at all times. The desire for God's presence must become greater than our strongest craving.” (Etta Hornsteiner)


149. “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)


150. “A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.”


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


152. “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life; it comes to us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives, and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne


153. “Never underestimate a recovering addict. We fight for our lives every day in ways most people will never understand. “(Anonymous)


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


155. “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


156. “I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say, ‘Hi, my name is Sam, and I am an addict.” — Samuel J. Jackson


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


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


159. “Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles, and you have to change it.” — James Lee Curtis


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


161. “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” ― Edgar Allan Poe


162. “I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.” – Robert Downey Jr.


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


164. “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


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


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


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


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


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


170. ‘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


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


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


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


174. “Control your emotions or they will control you.”


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


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


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


178. “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


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


180. “Addiction recovery is more than stopping drinking or using. It’s an ongoing process of growing and healing – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.” (LVR)


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


182. “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


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


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


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


186. “I have my off days and sometimes little bits of doubt and all that but all in all I say, hang in there. Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday.” (Anthony Hopkins)


187. “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


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


189. “The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” – Russel Brand


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


191. “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe


192. “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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


204. “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


205. “Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside.” — Unknown


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


207. “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


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


209. “If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” (Roger Babson)


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


211. “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!” – Anne Frank


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


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


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


215. “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


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


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


218. “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


219. “The greatest gift of sobriety is being there for the people I should have been there for when I was drinking.” (Anonymous)


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


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


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


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


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


225. “Recovery is not for people who need it. It’s for people who want it.” (Anonymous)


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


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


228. “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.


229. “You can’t defeat the darkness by keeping it caged inside of you.”– Seth Adam Smith


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


231. “An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.”– Criss Jami


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


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


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


235. “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


236. “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


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


238. “Help is there, in every town and career, drug/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide.” – Jamie Lee Curtis


239. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.’


240. “Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you–it’s the cage you live in.” — Johann Hari


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


242. “Your decision to kill your addiction will become a reality only if you believe and reinforce the fact that you have the capacity to do it. (Oche Otorkpa)


243. ‘First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes a man.’


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


245. “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


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


247. “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


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


249. “Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain.” — Eckhart Tolle


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


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


252. “Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.”


253. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela


254. “The initial journey towards sobriety is a delicate balance between insight into one’s desire for escape and abstinence from one’s addiction.” — Debra L. Kaplan


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


256. “Recovery isn’t always easy, but it certainly beats the alternative.”– Anonymous


257. “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


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


259. “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


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


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


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


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


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


265. “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


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


267. “Not the world, not what’s outside of us, but what we hold inside traps us. We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world.” – Gabor Maté


268. “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” – Carrie Fisher


269. “What is addiction really? It’s a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It’s a language that tells about a plight that must be understood.”—Alice Miller


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


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


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


273. “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

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