Recovery from addiction is typically not a linear path. It has its fair share of bumps in the road, from temptations and triggers to doubts and fears. Some days may be harder than others and we could use some words of encouragement to keep us motivated in our recovery.
These inspirational quotes can lift us up, especially when we are struggling or feeling tempted to use drugs or alcohol. Oftentimes, when we are feeling angry or depressed or sad, we convince ourselves that we are alone or that there is no hope, but that is simply not true. These sobriety quotes and motivating words can remind us that others have been in our position, that they have experienced challenges, setbacks, and frustrations and come out on the other side.
Recovery is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. For our hardest days, it’s important to keep these words of encouragement for sobriety in our toolbox—that way, we can refer to them whenever we are dealing with challenges. We can also use these sobriety quotes to inspire others to get sober or to empower them during recovery.
Inspirational Sobriety Quotes
Whether you are thinking about quitting drugs or alcohol or need a little extra motivation during recovery, these quotes can help empower you to do what’s best for you and your happiness.
“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy—I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams
“Don’t let the past steal your present.” – Cherríe L. Moraga
“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.” – Brené Brown
“My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last.” – Unknown
“Recovery is about progress, not perfection.” – Unknown
“There is no shame in beginning again, for you get a chance to build bigger and better than before.” – Leon Brown
“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.” – Unknown
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Confucious
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
“When everything feels like an uphill battle, think about the view from the top.” – Jennifer Allwood
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
“When your past calls, don’t answer. It has nothing new to say.” – Lionel Richie
“Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.” – Brittany Burgunder
“Change your thoughts, change your life.” – Lao Tzu
Celebrity Sobriety Quotes
Like everyday people, celebrities have had their fair share of struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. Here are some motivational and inspirational quotes for sobriety from celebrities who understand what you are going through.
“Sobriety was the best gift I gave myself.” – Rob Lowe
“You think that the whiskey tastes good? Try a big cup of sobriety—now that is the good stuff!” – Steven Tyler
“Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been.” – Jamie Lee Curtis
“If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life…I don’t drink or do drugs anymore. Being sober helps a great deal.” – Bradley Cooper
“I went to hell and back, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Then I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in, happy about life and comfortable in my skin.” – Drew Barrymore
“It’s been a learning process, I’m growing. I couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody, ‘it does get better.’” – Eminem
“I finally summoned up the courage to say three words that would change my life: “I need help.” – Elton John
Integrating These Empowering Quotes into Your Recovery Plan
Choose a few of these sobriety quotes that resonate with you and put them somewhere where you will see them every day. You could tape them above your desk or write them on a whiteboard. You may want to hang them next to your addiction recovery checklist that helps you stay on track.
Staying Motivated Throughout Recovery
As helpful as these words of encouragement for sobriety can be, they can’t be the only tools in your toolbox. It’s important to seek out multiple avenues of support throughout your recovery journey. Everyone’s relapse prevention plan will look different depending on what works for them, but the essential thing is that you tend to your sobriety so you can continue to grow and feel supported.
Examples of ways to stay motivated throughout recovery include:
- Attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings near you
- Attending Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in your area
- Attending SMART Recovery meetings, either online or in person
- Continuing individual therapy to work on your underlying issues
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