Quotes for People in Recovery

The sad fact is that addiction is very common. According to government statistics, more than 22 million Americans are currently in recovery from drugs or alcohol. With such high numbers, it’s no surprise that addiction has also afflicted a large number of our greatest writers, thinkers, and entertainers. Most of the following people have struggled through the fog of alcohol and drug abuse to reach the clear light of sobriety. Read their words of wisdom and hard-won advice to get some inspiration for your own path.

Quotes About Hope and Recovery

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott, Tender Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith“I’m here to tell you that if you get broken, it’s possible to put yourself back together. I’m here to tell you that if you get lost, it’s possible that a light will come, dancing on the horizon, to lead you home.”― Nick Lake, Hostage Three“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams“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, Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into 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

Quotes About Drinking and Using

“A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.”― Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye“Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven’t touched a drop of it in 17 years, sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.”― Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot“For all the alcoholics and addicts out there, you are loved, stop being so stubborn and come in from the cold. Wherever you are, there is a brighter light in your sight. Move towards it every day, and keep moving towards it. Even the worst and strongest addiction is a choice, a choice not to fight, to give up, to indulge the impulse. Instead, accept the hands offered you to help, even from strangers, even from the state. — Dave Pryor

Quotes to Give You Strength

“The hard things in life, the things you really learn from, happen with a clear mind.”― Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story“It’s the days you have every right to break down and fall apart, yet choose to show up anyway, that matter most. Don’t diminish the small steps that others can’t see.”― Brittany Burgunder“I have gained wisdom from leaning into my pain, in not allowing the hounds of hell to snap at my heels anymore. Now I turn around, call them by name and let them know I am prepared to fight.”― Steve Austin, Self-Care for the Wounded Soul: 21 Days of Messy Grace“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”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

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