Inspirational Recovery Quotes

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Have you ever noticed that when you heard a particularly passionate speech or song lyrics, it made the hair stand up on the back of your neck? Or, maybe you got goosebumps after hearing a speech or something similar? If you answered yes, then you are familiar with the power of words. For those uninitiated, learning about the law of attraction and the power of positive reinforcement can manifest significant changes in your life or current situation.

Addiction recovery quotes come in all fashions – as verbal offerings from counselors – we see them online, and printed on posters throughout any addiction recovery center. As a person struggling with substances, or their loved one or concerned friend, these words can help get past the darkest days and provide comfort.

With that goal in mind, our writers and staff at Find Addiction Rehabs, many of us in recovery, have highlighted some of the most powerful inspirational recovery quotes to help give you an additional boost of positivity to keep morale high and progress being made!

A Few Kinds of Motivational Quotes Focus On Addiction

A concept pic to represent inspirational recovery quotes with words from Robert Downey Jr

Quotes prepare ordinary people to do extraordinary things. And those battling addiction certainly have an extraordinary destiny. When the world pushes people down and they feel like the odds are stacked against them, recovery quotes can give them that additional fire needed to power through the challenges each of us faces each day, which can feel amplified for sober people, especially in the early going.

As those of us in recovery know well, regardless of past mistakes, it’s never too late to make a brand new start. Our past mistakes are relatively small matters compared to the grand scheme of things. Hardships prepare ordinary people for extraordinary endings and compelling stories, and we can motivate ourselves by thinking positive affirmations or envisioning success.

The trials of active addiction can be the crucible in which we form someone to be proud of, even looked up to, by others seeking the same transformation.

8 Quotes to Support You Through the Hard Times in Sobriety

The following quotes relate to strength when entering recovery and might be stressed – and even terrified. These can help make it over that initial hump or when they’re feeling uncertain about the future:

  1. Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  2. “I think that the power is in 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.
  3. “One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” Demi Lovato
  4. “Rising from the ashes, I am born again, powerful, exultant, majestic through all the pain.” Shannon Perry
  5. “Every time you hurt, you heal. After darkness, there is always light and you get reminded of this every morning but still, you choose to believe that the night will last forever. Nothing lasts forever. Not the good or the bad. So you might as well smile while you’re here.”Iain S. Thomas
  6. “And so I wait. I wait for time to heal the pain and raise me to my feet once again – so that I can start a new path, my own path, the one that will make me whole again.”Jack Canfield
  7. “You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power.”Louise L. Hay
  8. “Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of.”Rachel Naomi Remen

Our 6 Favorite Inspirational Recovery Quotes About Relapse

Relapse quotes can inspire a return to recovery for those struggling

In the next section, we have some of the best examples of quotes for those of us in recovery who are dealing with relapse. Many people take relapse especially hard – it’s demoralizing to put in all that work, only to have your recovery delayed.

However, most would argue that relapse is a part of recovery and something that many in the recovering community must deal with. These testimonial-style quotes can help put things into perspective and make you feel less anxiety regarding potential slip-ups or can be shared with a loved one who is beating themselves up after picking up, no matter for how long.

  1. “Don’t stay too long in the shame-filled grounds of relapse. Fertile soil awaits your return and your recovery.”Holli Kenley, Mountain Air: Relapsing and Finding the Way Back… One Breath at a Time
  2. “Cause sometimes you just feel tired. Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you. You gotta find that inner strength. And just pull it out of you, and get that motivation to not give up, and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face.”Eminem
  3. “If it wasn’t for that rehab center, I probably wouldn’t have been here. In terms of recovery, it has been very important for me to be a part of a recovery community, to actively be around my people because they understand me. They get it.”Macklemore
  4. “Part of recovery is relapse. I dust myself off and move forward again.”Steve Adler
  5. “Recovery is taking all twelve steps…over and over and over and over…”Toni Sorenson
  6. “If we read books all the time we would be very unhealthy, as we would not get any fresh air, exercise, or contact with nature. Also we would not spend time with other people. There are a lot of plusses to reading – it’s an interactive brain workout – but like everything else that’s beneficial in moderation, overdoses can be dangerous.” – Margaret Atwood

Recovery Quotes from Writers Past and Present

A man faces a forked road and decides to embrace inspired recovery from addiction 

In this section, we will take a look at a few more miscellaneous quotes about recovery that are hard to fit into any single category before getting into some tips for the best mediums for motivation. Note that these are words from writers past and present, and there are a ton of other writers and authors in recovery to draw inspiration from, such as Anne Lamott and many more.

  1. “Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap.” Tess Callahan
  2. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “Addictions … started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, show you things you hadn’t seen, and were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life decisions. And they were … less intelligent than goldfish.”William Gibson
  4. “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

Getting Motivated: Beyond Inspirational Quotes

What are some other mediums to use for sharing motivation other than quotes? Using social media accounts of those living a life of sobriety can be a great way to get support and inspirational ideas, as well as to put yourself out there to help others who may be struggling. In many cases, the act of ‘getting out of your head’ and helping someone else can make us forget the worries of our own we have been preoccupied with.

Using the Power of Social Media

Social media can be an excellent way of spreading motivation throughout the recovery community. You can easily leverage platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and even Pinterest – all in unique ways – both to get support and to share your positivity (or struggles) with the right people.

  • Facebook: Create a Facebook group for those in recovery. Share your favorite motivational quotes by turning them into graphics using Canva or a similar program and encourage other members to do the same. Turn it into a haven for those in recovery to use when they need to vent and look for advice.
  • Instagram: Use Instagram reels to put together photo collections with the same Canva graphics from Facebook. Share your victories and setbacks, and get reminders whenever you check out your account of just how far you have come!
  • TikTok: TikTok is an extremely powerful platform that draws billions of users daily. It also has a large demographic that is increasingly aware and savvy about things like mental health and addiction. With that said, be careful of the more fringe mental illness perspectives, and always bounce them off others before you begin to adopt them in your own life.
  • Pinterest: Create boards and Pin stuff from other users that share the same theme and messages about recovery and living sober. This will quickly garner you followers and ensure your work gets noticed regularly and shared with others in the recovery community.

When the Going Gets Hard: Get Support and Treatment Options

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It’s important to remember that recovery is a process. Will you always feel 100% fired up and ready to attack the day? Absolutely not – and it’s important to keep that in mind. Having urges to use is natural. But the best part is – you do not have to act on those urges. And each day, as you remain away from drinking and drugs, you are building strength and reserves (recovery capital some call it) to call upon the next occasion when things get hard.

At Find Addiction Rehabs, we understand more than most that recovery is not a linear trajectory, it has ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks. If you or someone you love needs more than inspirational quotes and would like a referral to proven detox and treatment programs across the country, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Our caring team is standing by, ready to discuss options and get you or your loved one support, with same-day placement possible! 

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