70 Best Quotes for Addiction Recovery

If you’re struggling to overcome an addiction, no one needs to tell you it’s tough – you’re living it. Sometimes you could use a few encouraging words to remind you that you’re not in this alone and that, yes, change really is possible. With that in mind, here are 70 quotes for those in recovery, each designed to shine a little light when things look dark.

Best Addiction Recovery Quotes

  1. “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Brontë
  2. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb
  3. “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” – Carrie Fisher
  4. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  5. “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn
  6. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
  7. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  9. “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
  10. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  11. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” – Zen proverb
  12. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
  13. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali
  14. “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” – Agnes Repplier
  15. “If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” – Roger Babson
  16. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. “When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. Believe me, it has nothing new to say.” – Unknown
  18. “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank
  19. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  20. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  21. “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
  22. “What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” – Hecato
  23. “Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  24. “People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.” – Bill Cosby
  25. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  26. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  27. “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
  28. “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
  29. “Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” – Chinese proverb
  30. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell
  31. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  32. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin
  33. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
  34. “The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now.” Bill Cosby
  35. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  36. “Not feeling is no replacement for reality. Your problems today are still your problems tomorrow.” – Larry Michael Dredla
  37. “I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.” – Robert Downey Jr.
  38. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Charlotte Whitton
  39. “Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.” – Brian Tracy
  40. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
  41. Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb
  42. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  43. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks
  44. “When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d had just one more drink the night before? I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything.” – Meredith Bell
  45. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  46. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
  47. “Amazing how we can light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  48. “Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don’t ever want to be again.” – Shane Niemeyer
  49. “Every noble work is at first impossible.” – Thomas Carlyle
  50. “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  51. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
  52. “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
  53. “Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.” – Theodore T. Hunger
  54. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
  55. “Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” – Brian Tracy
  56. If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  57. “To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.” – Samuel Johnson
  58. “As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.” – Katharine Hepburn
  59. “Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.” – J. Petit Senn
  60. “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 Sheehan
  61. “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  62. “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” – Bernard Williams
  63. “I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson
  64. “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
  65. “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
  66. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan
  67. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
  68. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  69. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  70. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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9 Responses to 70 Best Quotes for Addiction Recovery

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    Ed Fagan December 5, 2015 at 9:21 am #

    May I please receive these and any qoutes you may have.

    Thank you:)


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      Kenneth brown April 19, 2016 at 3:45 am #

      Yes thank you can you send me there quotes and more thank you

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    Paul T June 8, 2016 at 6:53 am #

    It might be time to remove the Bill Cosby quote(s) from your list. Quotes about ‘forgiveness’ and ‘moving on’ from a serial rapist are not motivational, they are offensive.

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      Not Convinced yet June 10, 2016 at 5:42 am #

      Even addicts know their words aren’t to be trusted. Aren’t most of these women pointing fingers at him addicts? I’m not saying he’s innocent. He gave them the drugs they ASKED for. They KNEW that getting drugs from a dealer isn’t free.

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        Oyindamola October 11, 2016 at 6:22 am #

        Collecting drugs from someone isn’t consent you lunatic.

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    Janet Carney June 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    I want to thank you for posting and sharing all these quotes. I am sponsoring someone and I have come across some wonderful and inspiring quotes. And right now she NEEDS a lot of inspiration. If there are any books or pamphlets that you know of and where I can purchase them I would definitely appreciate this.

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    JP July 23, 2016 at 2:37 am #

    Addiction is like a fog that becomes a mist before the sunlight.
    That is my experience of my situation so I look forward to the sunshine of each day.

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    Heather BANUELOS September 16, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    Love #65!

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    Melody September 18, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    I have been an addict All my Adult life it is a strggle. These quotes are a Blessing for me today i find myself struggling with Patience Wants, Needs . I pray myself thru it AND IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING HARDER to stay Positive and I am ANGRY ALL THE TIMES FOR VARIOUS REASONS . I feel better just having this forum . Thank u

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