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80 Inspiring Recovery from Addiction Quotes – Planet of Success

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Once you realize you are addicted to something, the realization hits you like a ton of bricks. In fact, the majority of people do not even consider the possibility of slowly becoming addicted until they are already in the grips of addiction. Unfortunately, the variety of possible addictions is quite extensive. There is a wide range of potentially harmful substances and behaviors, including alcohol, drugs, painkillers, eating disorders, and even less harmful ones like smartphone addiction. Worse yet, if you have ever witnessed a person with an addiction, you are aware of how grave the consequences can be. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, the following quotes about recovery will provide the hope, strength, and encouragement necessary to create a better, addiction-free future. At the same time, these encouraging addiction recovery quotes provide the motivation to persevere regardless of how difficult things may become.
Whether you’re slightly addicted to Facebook or something else, it’s never easy to admit that you may have a problem. At the same time, it is the initial and arguably most crucial step towards recovery.
If suffering must occur, may it occur swiftly. Because I must live my life in the best possible manner.
Paolo Coelho
By having the courage to be truthful with yourself, you lay the important groundwork for a better life. It will also assist you in recognizing potential psychological triggers that led to your addiction. Even more importantly, once identified, these triggers can be addressed in order to overcome whatever it is you’re struggling with.
Despite the fact that most addictions seem distant to the majority of us, we all face minor and harmless addictions on a daily basis. The real struggle begins when we realize, for instance, that excessive television viewing has drastic negative effects on our lives. During these stages of addiction recovery, it can be extremely helpful to have something that motivates you to continue.
The following quotes about recovery are so powerful because they come from individuals who have themselves struggled with addiction. These individuals understand what it is like to fight for years against an invisible enemy within oneself. In addition, they have discovered brilliant words of encouragement that give you hope and the strength to continue fighting.


I am here to tell you that it is possible to put yourself back together after being broken. I am here to inform you that if you become lost, a dancing light may appear on the horizon to guide you home.
Nick Lake
Confront your shadowy qualities and work to eliminate them through illumination and forgiveness. Your angels will sing because of your willingness to battle with your demons.
September Wilson
Courage is not having the strength to continue; it is continuing despite lacking strength.
Napolon Bonaparte
This is my opinion. The purpose of addiction is to obtain something else. Something bigger. You can call it transcendence if you like, but it’s a messed up way, like a rat in a maze. Everyone desires the same thing. Everyone has this hole. The desired item provides relief, but it is a trap.
Tess Callahan
Change begins with the individual. And the individual must desire and feel prepared for this change.
Efrat Cybulkiewicz
Everyone is broken by the world, and many become resilient in their broken places.
Ernest Hemingway
Real hope coupled with real action has always helped me overcome adversity. Real hope combined with inaction has never saved my life.
Jenni Schaefer
What does not destroy us makes us stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease was irrelevant; what mattered was that those who suffered from it were most likely to recover when treated as a disease.
Scott Ferguson
When you are sufficiently enslaved by a substance that you must quit in order to save your life, the enslaving substance has become so essential to you that you will almost lose your mind if it is taken away.
Stephen Foster Wallace
It is crucial to our healing that we sort out the belief systems we adopt; belief systems that were taught to us and, because they are so full of lies, lead to a variety of depressions, addictions, and other struggles as we attempt to cope with the manifestations of the problems rather than their roots.
Darlene Ouimet
God created you for His enjoyment. And He made you intrinsically dependent on His indescribable delight. If you are battling sin or addiction, do not attempt to eliminate your desire for pleasure. It’s not possible. Simply direct it to the source of all joy. You will be astonished to discover that He has supernaturally and perfectly designed you to have all your needs met in Him.
William Crowder
Recuperation is difficult. Regret is harder.
Brittany Burgunder
Compassion is the most effective tool for curing any kind of addiction. Simply put, your partner needs your compassion the most.
Lawford, Christopher Kennedy
My identity changed after I entered recovery. This is who I am now, and having this identity gives me more pleasure than being a musician or anything else, because it keeps me manageable.
Eric Clapton
In addition to becoming an actor and having a child, sobriety was one of the three defining moments of my life. Finding sobriety was the hardest of the three tasks.
Junior Robert Downey
Physical capacity is not a source of strength. It is the result of an indomitable will.
Mahatma Gandhi
A person who refuses to accept solitude, stillness, and recurring moments of quiet is lost in the wilderness of addictions, far from an original state of being and awareness. This is illness.
T.F. Hodge
There is a Tibetan proverb that states tragedy should be used as a source of strength. Regardless of the nature of our difficulties or the severity of our experiences, if we lose hope, that will be our true catastrophe.
Dalai Lama XIV
I am reborn from the ashes, powerful, jubilant, and majestic despite the suffering.
Sherry Perry
Nobody intentionally chooses substance or behavior addiction over his partner. There are always compelling reasons why someone retreats into addiction.
I found the prospect daunting, but also somewhat reassuring, given that many of the counselors were recovering alcoholics themselves and insisted it was possible.
From the ashes, a fire shall arise, and from the darkness, a ray of light; the shattered blade shall be renewed, and the kingless shall once again reign.
J.R.R. Tolkien
Pain in this life cannot be avoided, but the pain created by attempting to avoid pain is.
R.D. Laing
Your best days are still to come. The film begins when the protagonist gets sober and rebuilds his life; it does not end there.
Bucky Sinister
Believe that you can, and you will be halfway there
President Roosevelt
From the outside, it would appear that I have everything. Due to my alcoholism, it was a very lonely time for me. I’ve starred in films and television series and been nominated for an Emmy. The best thing I can say about myself, however, is that people who are unable to stop drinking approach me and ask, “Can you help me?” And I can affirm this.
Michael Perry
Listen with a broken heart to God. He is both the physician who heals the wound and the father who wipes away the tears.
Criss Jami Criss
It requires strength and bravery to acknowledge the truth.
Author Rick Riordan
Anything that induces addiction or obsession, such as substances, entertainment, beauty, or secrecy, is perilous because it can lead to isolation, self-absorption, and disconnection, as well as paralyzed stasis: a forceful immobility.
Mike Carlisle
One of the most difficult things was learning that my recovery was worthwhile.
Demi Lovato
Humans have a profound need for connection and bonding. If we cannot connect with one another, we will connect with whatever we can find. Disconnection is the driving force behind addiction.
Being terrified to death, but mounting up anyway, is courage.
John Wayne
Even after taking the drugs, I realized that this was no longer enjoyable. The drugs had become an integral part of my daily routine. Something to jolt me awake. Something to assist in my sleep. Something to help me relax. There was a time when I could wake up, go to sleep, and have fun without the aid of a pill or a line. I felt like I might have a nervous breakdown if I didn’t have them these days.
Cherie Currie
They tell you that it will get better and better as you abstain and recover, but they fail to mention that it and you will get better through suffering. Not in spite of or despite suffering.
Recovery can only occur within the context of interpersonal relationships. It cannot occur by itself.
Sherry Herman
There is courage in unexpected places.
Priority for any addict is to dull the pain of existence in order to make the passage of each day more bearable.
Russell Brand
In a sense, we are all by nature addicts.
Shannon Mullen
He had abandoned the emotion of shame many years prior. Addicts are without shame. You disgrace yourself so frequently that you develop immunity to it.
The author John Grisham.
You are neither an alcoholic nor a substance addict. You do not have an incurable illness. You have only become dependent on substances or addictive behavior as a means of coping with underlying conditions that you are now in the process of curing, after which your dependence will cease permanently.
Michael Prentiss
As a role model, it is my responsibility to convey to young people that it is possible to make a mistake and recover from it.
Ann Richards
It provided him with instant gratification in a way that nothing else did, and as with all addicts, gratification was the most important factor.
Jeet Thaet
Sin in the world destroys the lives of individuals through lust, disease, and addiction.
Sunday Adelaja
You cannot defeat the darkness by containing it within yourself.
Adam Seth Smith
The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics are irrational until you realize that they have no control over their addiction and are hopeless without structured assistance.
Move out if you are the Old Guy in the Punk House. You have a problem with substance abuse.
I believe that recovery and self-care are inextricably linked. Self-care was necessary for my recovery from abuse, addiction, and a suicide attempt.
Michael Austin
Alcoholism is a disease of denial above all else.
David Stafford
The most important thing you can do to aid your partner’s recovery is to demonstrate that you are genuinely supportive and on his [or her] side.
Everything you need to heal resides within you. You need only encouragement and support to listen to your thoughts, emotions, imagery, and inner spiritual promptings. A book, like a therapist or support group, can only serve as a guide, enabling you to say aloud what you were too afraid to say to yourself.
Renee Fredrickson
Use fire to hone us, and we will grow stronger. When we endure suffering, we survive.
Cassandra Clare
People are made or broken by trials.
Margaret Mitchell
Life doesnt get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.
Steve Maraboli
Real courage is when you know you’re doomed before you start, but you start anyway and persevere regardless.
Harper Lee
Courage is not always audible. Sometimes, courage is the small voice you hear at the end of the day saying, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radcraft
Anyone can surrender; it is the simplest thing in the world. But to maintain your composure when everyone expects you to fall apart exemplifies true strength.
Michael Bradford
I believe Amy Winehouse’s choice not to enter rehab was a poor one.
Robert Clark
Courage is resistance to fear, not the absence of fear; it is the mastery of fear.
Mark Twain
The harder one falls, the heavier one’s heart; the heavier one’s heart, the stronger one’s ascent; and the stronger one’s ascent, the taller one’s pedestal.
Even something as pure as water can become intoxicating if consumed excessively.
You have identified an essential aspect of an addict’s life. Important as it is to maintain your habit, you have no real interest in anything else.
Marian Keyes
Life contracts or grows in proportion to one’s bravery.
Anas Nin
I discovered that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to overcome it. The brave man is not one who does not experience fear, but rather one who overcomes it.
Nelson Mandela
Regardless of how dark the night becomes, your light will never go out.
Jeanette LeBlanc
When I dare to be powerful and utilize my strength in service of my vision, my fear becomes less and less significant.
Audre Lorde
The beauty of being shattered is that the fragments become our distinctive traits and characteristics. This is how our suffering refines us.
Bryant McGill
Some people believe that holding on and persevering are indicators of great strength. However, there are times when it requires significantly more strength to recognize when to let go and then to do so.
Ann Landers
And one must realize that bravery is not the absence of fear but rather the ability to persevere despite that fear.
Paulo Coelho
Regardless of whether the narcotic in question is alcohol, morphine, or idealism, all forms of addiction are undesirable.
C.G. Jung
I find the phrase Get over it intolerable. Everyone is under tremendous pressure to frame their problems in the past tense. Slow down. Don’t allow others to hasten your recovery. It is a process that may take years or even a lifetime, and that is acceptable.
Beau Taplin
Some of your greatest sufferings ultimately become your greatest strengths.
Drew Barrymore
We must be more courageous than we believe we are capable of being because God constantly calls us to be greater than we are.
Madeleine LEngle
Sometimes we sabotage ourselves when everything seems to be going well. Perhaps this is an expression of our apprehension over whether it is acceptable for us to live a better life. As we abandon old notions of our unworthiness, we will inevitably feel anxious. The challenge is not to be fearless, but rather to develop strategies for recognizing and overcoming our fears.
Maureen Brady
My only option was to fight my way out, even though I did not believe I would survive.
Laurie Halse Anderson
You were never meant to feel depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed, or undeserving. We were designed for victory.
Joel Osteen
I am fighting for my existence, and I will continue to do so until the end of time.
Charlotte Eriksson
I am fallen, flawed and imperfect. Yet there is strength because of the grace and mercy found in Jesus Christ.
Adam Young
You feel your strength in the midst of suffering.
The musician Jim Morrison


Even after experiencing so much pain and suffering, you must maintain your faith in order to reach great heights and fly. You can transform into a butterfly from a caterpillar. Life offers a second chance: an invitation to develop.
Ana Claudia Antunes
I hope you enjoyed this collection of uplifting quotes about addiction recovery.
Stay successful!


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