Helpful Addiction Recovery Quotes to Motivate and Inspire

Written by Chloe Nicosia


Keep Your Chin Up with these Addiction Recovery Quotes

“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs,” joked Robin Williams once. Seriously, the comedian spoke darkly of his habit, wondering at how it was never completely out of the picture, how it waited in the shadows to pounce when he was weak and vulnerable. If understanding addiction is one of the best ways to overcome it, looking at what others have felt in their struggle is one of the best ways to start understanding. These addiction recovery quotes can be useful at every stage of the recovery process.

Understanding the nature of addiction

When those cravings strike, it can help to steel yourself and try to understand why they happen. These addiction recovery quotes are very meaningful.

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

Recognizing that the fulfillment that one seeks doesn’t come from outside is fundamental to finding one’s way out of many kinds of difficult situations. Addictive behavior is no different.

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, author and psychologist.

It’s important to recognize that addictive behavior isn’t a reasonable way to hide from one’s problems. While the pleasure may, at first, be fun, it turns into pain before long, and adds to the problems that one has tried to run away from.

It’s important to understand where the root of addiction lies

Theseaddiction recovery quotes are very touching, because they speak a truth that not many people realize.

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom — Edgar Allan Poe, writer.

Poe understood something very important — addictive behavior occurs for  poor psychological health. It is true of most people addicted. Psychological conditions such as fear, PTSD, poor self-image, anger and many other problems torture so many, driving them to addictive habits. Finding quality therapeutic care in rehab is the way to set this problem right. Without such therapeutic intervention, long-term sobriety is all but impossible.

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

As this quote makes clear, it’s important to get to the root of the problem. If there is a tendency to addictive behavior, there are probably life difficulties that drive the behavior. Solving them is the only way to make things better. Trying substance abuse can never work, because these problems always resurface once sobriety returns, and they turn out to only be worse than to begin.

Understanding how tough fighting relapse is

Many recovering addicts tend to first see addiction as a habit that can simply be overcome with detox. The aren’t mentally ready for the kind of work that it takes psychologically changing themselves to win the fight.

The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house — Jean Cocteau, writer.

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time — Mark Twain, writer.

The habit of addiction tends to be very powerful is it has a special power — constant exposure to drugs changes the brain to make it emotionally attached to drug use. Neither ordinary willpower nor time can help. It takes special work in the form of therapy. Therapy alone can help.

Finally, one of the best recovering addict quotes to inspire — 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 have the power, and everyone does. It’s all a matter of tapping it. Finding the right rehab can be the best way to do this.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, Better Addiction Care can help. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.