Quotes on Addiction Recovery

I've triumphed over addiction. Tatum O'Neal

Not why the addiction, but why the pain. Gabor Mate

The further I get into recovery, the less I know. Phil Valentine

You are in recovery if you say you are. Phil Valentine

Recovery is a bit like an addiction; you take it day by day. If you set yourself too many goalposts, you'll have problems. Simon Weston

No man or woman is uniformly successful... we must all expect a rather high percentage of failure in the things we attempt. Barnaby Keeney

We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime. Mahatma Gandhi

Addiction beggins whith the hope that something 'out there' can instantly fill up the emptiness inside. Jean Kilbourne

Learning is about failure and recovery from failure. Roger Schank

When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't... Luke Davies

We can and we must do better as prolonged recovery is now an achievable result of comprehensive addiction treatment. Stephen J. Pasierb

You don't need to hide the fact that you're in recovery, but you don't have to share your history of addiction with acquaintances at work, either. Mallory Ortberg

When you get into recovery after some addiction you have to relearn a lot of perceptions, attitudes and self-awareness if you want to stay clean. You really do change. Change doesn't happen often but to a certain extent in some way, I think when you get into recovery and you stay there, you change. Shawn Colvin

Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better Emile Coue

What is 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

I have other obligations now - the show, my family, my life... though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn't have any of those things. Rob Lowe

Every habit he's ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom. Margaret Atwood

In God's economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is. Bill W.

Every addiction is an attempt to slay hope. Dan B. Allender

Addiction is rarely conquered alone. Ellen Hopkins

I'm like a junky without an addiction. Ozzy Osbourne

No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy. Ayn Rand

Do not let the hero in your soul perish... Ayn Rand

Do not let your fire go out ... Do not let the Hero in your soul perish ... Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. Ayn Rand

Master books, but do not let them master you. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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

If you are aware of your weaknesses and are constantly learning, your potential is virtually limitless. Jay Sidhu

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

No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. Harry Emerson Fosdick

I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: 'Wait a minute - if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?' And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk. Craig Ferguson

I think we need to educate our doctors about addiction. Matthew Perry

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

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. John Milton

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew. Saint Francis De Sales

Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then... find the way. Abraham Lincoln

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. Saint Francis De Sales

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight. Helen Keller

Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn't matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover. Craig Ferguson

The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope. Russell Brand

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. Bill Cosby

I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me - spiritually and financially. Denzel Washington

Cocaine for me was a place to hide. Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down. Sometimes it made me paranoid and impotent, but mostly it just made me withdrawn. Robin Williams

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. Louisa May Alcott

You survived the abuse, you're going to survive the recovery. Mariska Hargitay

It's P for Progress not R for Recovery. Stuart Rose

Addiction is a serious desease; it will end with jail, mental institutions, or death. Russell Brand

I dwell in possibility. Emily Dickinson

Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live. Jean Cocteau

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. Harry Emerson Fosdick

What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you. Wayne Dyer

My recovery is the single greatest accomplishment of my life. Without that, the rest of my life would have fallen apart. Martin Sheen

Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs. Robin Williams

Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox. Russell Brand

Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society. Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values. Christopher Lasch

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users. Ralph Nader

It is not I who become addicted, it is my body. Jean Cocteau

My bulimia was my addiction. Hurting myself was my addiction... The music is what saved me. Thats the only thing I can trust. Nicole Scherzinger

There's 1,000 ways into addiction 1,000 ways out. Bill Moyers

She had her addictions and one of them was reading. Jeannette Walls

It's a good addition. There are so many bad addictions. Better be addicted to shoes than something else Christian Louboutin

We are addicted to being the way we are Miguel Angel Ruiz

We are what we think. Gautama Buddha

I think making features has got to be in the addiction category. Laurie Simmons

Until I went to rehab, I didn't understand what it did. Aaron Neville

I have an addiction to caffeine. Bill Ayers

One trait of addictive families is that we never recognize our own addictions. Lorna Luft

I started producing work with an ecstatic addiction. Ben Nicholson

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back. Albert Camus

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back. Albert Camus

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. Joseph Campbell

It's difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you. Russell Brand

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. Carl Jung

We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely... change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now. George A Sheehan

But actually, my drug addiction thing, I was so stubborn. Elton John

My identity shifted when I got into recovery . That's who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else, because it keeps me in a manageable size. When I'm down on the ground with my disease-which I'm happy to have-it gets me in tune. It gives me a spiritual anchor. Don't ask me to explain. Eric Clapton

Do not let your fire go out. Ayn Rand

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

If some of the recovery money had gone to cities instead of states, the urban population, read "Black" and "Brown," would be better off with recovery jobs. Julianne Malveaux

See the first stroke as a start and everything after that a recovery. Nathan Oliveira

It's never about the screwup - it's always about the recovery. That's the thing about it... if it comes out a little rare you call it carpaccio. It comes out a little overcooked, you shred it up and put in on a sandwich. Tyler Florence

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