125+ Insightful Quotes About Addiction & Recovery

QUOTES ABOUT ADDICTION:

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


Addiction doesn’t kill the addict. It kills the family, kids, and people who tried to help!             – Abhishek Tiwari


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 really hard thing to kick. – Nikki Sixx


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


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


Addiction is an increasing desire for an act that gives less and less satisfaction.                     – Aldous Huxley


Addiction is awful…unless you’re addicted to improving your life! – Perez Hilton 


Addiction is like a curse and until it is broken, its victim will perpetually remain in the shackles of bondage. – Oche Otorkpa


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Drug addiction is not a choice of lifestyle, it is a disorder of the brain and we need to recognize this. – Unknown


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. – Anonymous


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


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


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


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


QUOTES ABOUT ADDICTION RECOVERY:

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


Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is. – Angel Cordero


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela


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


Openness is the first step toward recovery… addiction remains a secret because of the overwhelming shame associated with it. – David Sheff


Our greatest glory is not in ever falling, but in rising up every time we fail.                           – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Real hope combined with real action has always pulled me through difficult times. Real hope combined with doing nothing has never pulled me through. – Jenni Schaefer


Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships. It cannot occur in isolation. – Judith Herman


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


Recovery is a process. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes everything you’ve got.            – Unknown


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


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


Recovery is hard. Regret is harder. – Brittany Burgunder


Recovery is not a race. You don’t have to feel guilty if it takes you longer than you thought it would. – Unknown


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


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


Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell. – Carrie Fishe


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.                 – Mahatma Gandhi


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


Survival is nothing more than recovery. – Dianne Feinstein


Take a chance! All life is a chance. – Dale Carnegie


The most important thing you can do to support your partner in his [or her] recovery is to show that you are truly supportive and on his [or her] side.                                                 – Christopher Kennedy Lawford


The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but the human connection. – Johann Hari


There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. – Dalai Lama XIV


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


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


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


You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew. – Albert Einstein


You don’t have to be ready to recover; you need only to be willing. – Unknown


You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret Thatcher


You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. – You were created to be victorious. – Unknown


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