50 Inspirational Addiction Recovery Quotes

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Need some Addiction Recovery Quotes to encourage you?

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.

Here are 50 Inspirational Addiction Recovery Quotes to help remind you to keep your head high and inspire your addiction recovery journey.

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Addiction Recovery Quotes

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

‘Higher Power’ was the result of a personal experience: a friend of mine who went through the process of addiction and recovery. It’s a very, very tough thing – very easy to become addicted and very, very hard to become a recovering addict. – Tom Scholz

“Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” – Brian Tracy

“I am a work in progress.” – Violet Yates

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

“But no matter how much evil I see, I think it’s important for everyone to understand that there is much more light than darkness.” – Robert Uttaro

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

“Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable.” – R.D. Laing

“Checking your ego, abandoning it, letting it go, is a huge part of recovery from addiction.” – Susannah Grant

“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” – Santosh Kalwar



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

“Resentment is like a drug. Once you pick it up, it will only get worse and worse until you surrender and do the work to let it go.” – Samantha Leahy

“Recovery is about progression not perfection.” – Unknown

“It is time to embrace mental health and substance use/abuse as illnesses. Addiction is a disease.” – Steven Kassels

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

“Some of the burdens we carry include false weight, perhaps to make up for all the horrible stuff we actually did and forgot.” – David Carr

“It’s gonna get harder before it gets easier. But it will get better, you just gotta make it through the hard stuff first.” – Unknown

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

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

“How sad that I couldn’t get myself sober to share a life with him, but I could do it to show him I didn’t need him.” – Josh Lanyon

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

“Saying things like “you must hit rock bottom before you can rise up” is just an excuse for not doing the effort of rising up earlier. When you hit rock bottom you must rise up – because you have no other option.” – Fergus McDermott

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

“The fear of the drugs running out is manageable-the fear of time running down isn’t.” – Ann Marlowe

“I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that I am not.” – Unknown



“Once upon a time the future was supposed to be brighter, shinier and more fun. When did that vision pass? When did the word ‘new’ lose it’s luster? Now the past is supposed to hold the hopes we once confined to the future. We’re directing attachments that used to go forward backward.” – Ann Marlowe

“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

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

“Today I share about my addiction and recovery journey as often as possible because I don’t want to die all alone in a dark closet, shrouded in shame beside the decomposing skeletons I tried so desperately to hide. I want to live.” – Shannon Egan

“Before you can break out of prison, you must realize you are locked up.” – Unknown

“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

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

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

“The road to recovery will not always be easy, but I will take it one day at a time, focusing on the moments I’ve dreamed about for so long.” – Amanda Lindhout

“We must move in our recovery from one addiction to another for two major reasons: first, we have not recognized and treated the underlying addictive process, and second, we have not accurately isolated and focused upon the specific addictions.” – Anne Wilson Schaef

“I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It’s a journey of recovery. It’s a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It’s already there.” – Billy Corgan

“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

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



“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

“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” – Paul Klee

“One must not forget that recovery is brought about not by the physician, but by the sick man himself. He heals himself, by his own power, exactly as he walks by means of his own power, or eats, or thinks, breathes or sleeps.” – Georg Groddeck

“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

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

“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” – Frida Kahlo

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

“Recovery feels like shit. It didn’t feel like I was doing something good; it felt like I was giving up. It feels like having to learn how to walk all over again.” – Portia de Rossi

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

“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.” – Russell Brand

“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” – Unknown

“The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.” – Joseph Conrad

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

“It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.” – Criss Jami

Let me know what you think? Do you enjoy these Inspirational Addiction Recovery Quotes? Or do you think they are lacking? Do you have a specific quote about Addiction Recovery you would like to be included? Do you have a specific quote that resonates with you? Are there some quotes you think will simply not be helpful. In the comments below please share your thoughts on Addiction Recovery, stop drug abuse, habits, quotes or anything else discussed on this page.

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