Stick to Your Recovery: 10 Quotes to Encourage You While You’re Overcoming Addiction

March 25, 2019

We’ve all seen movies with main characters who are drug addicts who either overcome the addiction or crash and burn. Saying no to drugs was likely taught regularly in your elementary and middle school years. Maybe you saw someone in your family struggle with drug addiction.

And you likely never thought you’d be struggling with addiction yourself. But the beautiful thing about addiction recovery and about life, in general, is that you can change. And if you’re reading this article, you’ve likely thought about quitting or are currently in the process of rehabilitation.

Discover what Steps Recovery Centers can do to help you find a rehabilitation center to overcome your addiction. Get the help you need today. And in the meantime, take comfort from these 10 inspirational overcoming addiction quotes.

These inspirational quotes for overcoming addiction are meant to be real and raw and motivating. You are either about to embark or currently are on the path to recovery. Personal meditation over some of the thoughts provided here might help you recenter or find purpose in your choice to quit.



“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

If you’re working on overcoming your addictions, then you’re already on the right path.


“I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that I am not.”  

– Anonymous

Sobriety is hard at times, but at the end of the day, the benefits far outweigh the difficulty.


Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.

– Demi Lovato

Keep going! Don’t stop trying.


“Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.”  

– Aldous Huxley

The experience you’re going through right now, your addiction recovery process, is defining you and shaping you. Let it.


“You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways: if you let it consume you, you come out a cinder; but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be consumed, and comes out a star.”

– Jean Church

Which metal you are is entirely your choice. And you can choose to be transformed through the addiction recovery process and come out the other end a better person.


“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

Remembering who you were when you were an addict can be, in some instances, motivation to remain sober and clean.


“You don’t get over addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life where it’s easier to not use. If you don’t create a new life, then all the factors that brought you to your addiction will catch up with you again.” 

– Anonymous

What are you doing to create your new life?


“Recovery is about progression, not perfection.”

– Unknown

Just keep going, keep trying.


“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

True strength is getting up again each time we fail.


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

– Confucius

The process is going to take time. It’s important to recognize that. But it’s just as important to know that your pace on your addiction recovery journey is your own.

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