How Recovery Quotes Can Help

Getting clean and sober is hard work, and there will be dark times as well as triumphs along the way. Those who have managed to get clean and stay sober often suggest using every tool in your toolkit, including recovery quotes, slogans, and sayings. You may be surprised by how much recovery quotes can help you get through a tough day.


Some recovery quotes are part of the lingo used in 12-Step meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and others. These slogans vary from acronyms like “K.I.S.S. – keep it simple, sweetie” to the serenity prayer from AA. The purpose of these slogans is to give you support for getting sober and provide helpful reminders that are in a compact and easy-to-remember format. Some of the most common and popular slogans used by self-help sobriety groups include:

  • Easy does it
  • Let go and let God
  • One day at a time
  • Act as if
  • First things first
  • It works if you work it, so work it, you’re worth it.

Inspirational and Other Quotes

What excites you most about the process of getting clean and sober? For some people, quotes that are serious and scholarly are the most inspirational. For others, powerful and dramatic quotes are the most impactful, while some people prefer humorous quotes. People use recovery quotes in different ways — consider writing a quote in your journal each morning as a way to set an intention for the day. Or you can use a quote for your Facebook status as a way to create a conversation about moving forward in recovery. Here are some quotes to get you started, but be sure to do your own reading to find quotes that feel meaningful to you:

  • Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. — Charles Swindoll
  • You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. — Wayne Gretzky
  • Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. — Henry Ford
  • People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. — Zig Ziglar

Getting inspired and holding onto that daily inspiration during the challenging times is a central aspect of recovery. The recovery quotes you use to help you stay the course will be your personal choice, and they may change over time, but that’s fine. Just keep reading, getting inspired, and sharing that inspiration with others!

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