100 Motivational quotes about addiction and recovery

100 Motivational quotes about addiction and recovery

Below you will find a collection of inspirational and motivational quotes about addiction and recovery, collected over the time from a variety of places.

  • If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

addiction quotes

  • The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.    Somerset Maugham
  • Checking your ego, abandoning it, letting it go, is a huge part of recovery from addiction.  Susannah Grant
  • Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.  Jean Kilbourne
  • The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.   Jean Cocteau
  • Addiction has the capacity to disconnect the human will and nullify moral agency. It can rob one of the powers to decide. Boyd K. Packer
  • Addiction is a family disease. One person may use, but the whole family suffers.    Unknown
  • Addiction is a scary disease. Please, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. You can always fight it.  Unknown
  • Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions, or death.  Russell Brand
  • Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society. Drug addiction is one of the things that undermine traditional values.  Christopher Lasch
  • Addiction is a symptom of not growing up. C. C. DeVille
  • Addiction is a terrible thing. Jamie Dornan
  • Addiction is a tough illness, and recovery from it is a hard but noble path. Men and women who walk that path deserve our support, encouragement, and admiration.  Sheldon Whitehouse
  • At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain.  Frank Tallis
  • Addiction is awful…unless you’re addicted to improving your life! Perez Hilton 

addiction quotes

  • Addiction is the disease that makes you too selfish to see the havoc you created or care about the people whose lives you have shattered. Unknown
  • Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside. Unknown
  • Addiction is the pleasure island of our lives. Only a long swim or rescue will help us.    Trevor Carss
  • 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
  • Cigars, cigarettes, and hookah tobacco are all smoked tobacco – addictive and deadly. We need effective action to protect our kids from struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine. Tom Frieden
  • Addiction isn’t about using drugs. It’s about what the drug does to your life.    Enock Maregesi
  • Addiction makes you blind to your reality.  Unknown
  • Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem.   Ralph Nader
  • One who will not accept solitude, stillness and quiet recurring moments… is caught up in the wilderness of addictions; far removed from an original state of being and awareness. This is ‘dis-ease. T.F. Hodge
  • Addictions are a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions, or death.    Russel Brand
  • Alcoholism is above all a disease of denial. David Stafford
  • All the suffering, stress and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.      Criss Jami
  • Anything that inspires addiction or obsession – substances, entertainment, beauty, secrecy – is dangerous in that it can lead to isolation, self-absorption, and disconnection, to paralyzed stasis: immobility that gathers like a force. Greg Carlisle
  • Addiction is like a curse and until it is broken, its victim will perpetually remain in the shackles of bondage. Oche Otorkpa
  • At every stage, addiction is driven by one of the most powerful, mysterious, and vital forces of human existence. What drives addiction is longing–a longing not just of brain, belly, or loins but finally of the heart. Cornelius Platinga
  • Before you can break out of prison, you must realize you are locked up. Unknown
  • Drug addiction is not a choice of lifestyle, it is a disorder of the brain and we need to recognize this. Unknown
  • Drugs don’t really fix anything, except for everything. Ashly Lorenzana
  • Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic is alcohol, morphine or idealism. C.G. Jung
  • Everybody smokes! Models, actresses, everyone! Don’t they realize that it’s gross? I understand it’s an addiction, but it still pains me to see my friends do it. Kirsten Dunst 
  • First, you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
  • Addiction is an increasing desire for an act that gives less and less satisfaction.  Aldous Huxley
  • 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 L. Jackson
  • 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
  • It gave him instant gratification in a way nothing else did, and as was the case with all addicts, gratification was the important thing. Jeet Thayil
  • It is hard to understand addiction unless you have experienced it. Ken Hensley

addiction and recovery quotes

  • It is not I who become addicted, it is my body. Jean Cocteau
  • It’s not the drugs that make a drug addict, it’s the need to escape reality. Unknown
  • No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions. Patrick J.Kennedy
  • 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
  • I believe in recovery and as a role model, I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it. Ann Richards
  • Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.  Albus Dumbledore
  • Once the enabling stops, the recovery is given the opportunity to start. Unknown
  • Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable.  R.D. Laing
  • People who have never had an addiction don’t understand how hard it can be.  Payne Stewart
  • Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs.  Robin Williams
  • If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim. Ann Landers
  • Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier. Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it. John Grisham
  • Sin in the world destroys people’s lives through lust, sickness, and addiction.  Sunday Adelaja
  • The chains of alcohol are too light to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.  Unknown
  • The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.  Jean Cocteau
  • Addiction is a really hard thing to kick. Nikki Sixx
  • The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. Anonymous
  • Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is. Angel Cordero
  • The priority of any addict is to anesthetize the pain of living to ease the passage of day with some purchased relief. Russell Brand
  • The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.  Somerset Maugham
  • 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. Laceyl
  • There’s not a drug on Earth that can make your life meaningful. Sarah Hane
  • This is what I think. Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else…. something bigger.  Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s a fucked-up way, 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
  • We cannot, in a moment, get rid of the habits of a lifetime. Mahatma Gandhi
  • We humans have become dependent on plastic for a range of uses, from packaging to products. Reducing our use of plastic bags is an easy place to start getting our addiction under control. David Suzuki
  • 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
  • When you can stop, you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t. That’s an addiction. Luke Davies
  • I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. Unknown
  • It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela
  • You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town. Anne Lamott
  • You have no idea how easy it is to fall back into the darkness. Unknown
  • You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before. Unknown
  • I am convinced now that virtually every destructive behaviour and addiction I battled off and on for years was rooted in my insecurity. Beth Moore
  • Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength. Chris Bradford
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

  • Change must start from the individual. And the individual must want and feel ready to make such change. Efrat Cybulkiewicz
  • Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.  August Wilson
  • Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better. Emile Coue
  • Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. Saint Francis de Sales
  • Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom.  Sharon Salzberg
  • Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. The descent is easy and often slippery.  Mahatma Gandhi



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  • Healing is not an overnight process.  It is a daily cleansing of pain; it is a daily healing of your life.  Leon Brown
  • Human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. If we can’t connect with each other, we will connect with whatever we can find … It is disconnection that drives addiction.  Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  • Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.  Robert Downey Jr.
  • 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
  • If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.  Zen proverb
  • If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. Michael Jordan
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.   Unknown
  • 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
  • In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.  Drew Barrymore
  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius

  • Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it but also the father who wipes away the tears.  Criss Jami
  • My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last.    Unknown
  • My recovery, though slower than hoped for, is nevertheless assured.  Frederick W Borden
  • No matter how dark the night may get, your light will never burn out. Jeanette LeBlanc
  • Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind.  Anne Fletcher
  • Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!  Audrey Hepburn
  • Survival is nothing more than recovery.  Dianne Feinstein
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