On your journey to recovery, there may be moments when you are looking for a bit of inspiration or motivation to keep you going in the right direction. Alternatively, you may want to know that others have faced the same struggles and learn from their hard-earned wisdom. Or, you may just need to hear someone tell you a hard piece of truth so you can face the facts about staying sober.
Words have power, especially when they provide motivation, inspiration, and insight into an experience you are currently going through. Whether you turn to quotes to uplift you, help you face reality, or let you know you’re not alone, they are helpful resources in your recovery journey. Read through these 15 great quotes about sobriety and embrace those that help you on your journey.
“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
Remember that the pain in recovery is temporary, but it shapes you into the version of yourself you want to become.
“Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Recovery is hard, but it’s worth it. Staying sober is helping you reach new heights in your life.
“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
What matters is where you are going, not where you are right now.
“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan
Don’t play a negative role you may have been assigned; instead, set your expectations and work towards them.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
Know that during recovery, you may not always feel motivated. What matters is that you choose to live in recovery every single day.
“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
Every day is a new day. It is a chance to start fresh and put to use what you’ve learned.
“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
Think about your capabilities if you start living sober. What are your possibilities? Take on the challenge of living in recovery and find out.
“My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life… but it takes work — hard, painful work — but the help is there, in every town and career, drug/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide.” – Jamie Lee Curtis
Help is all around you if you look for it. Seek friendships and support systems with those who embrace sobriety and can help you live a clean life.
“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
Be part of the recovery community. Join groups or perform acts of service. Embrace the people who are going through recovery with you; they will make all the difference.
“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
If you’re feeling down about past decisions, remember that you can choose to change your story at any moment. It may not take away the past, but it shifts your future.
“What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” – Hecato
Start treating yourself like a friend. Support yourself, care for yourself, and give yourself the same love and attention as you would your best friend. Speak kindly to yourself, as you would to a child or a younger version of yourself.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
If recovery feels impossible, just remember that it may feel that way until it’s done. But once you achieve success, you will realize it was never impossible.
“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
Face the facts of who you are when using and have that knowledge motivate you to become a better version of yourself.
“Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.” – Brian Tracy
Rather than become weighed down by your struggles, remember that every experience is meant to teach you something.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Embrace your therapy sessions during the recovery process. Shifting your thought patterns goes a long way toward helping you live a sober life.
Find Inspiration to Keep Going
It is important to use healthy means to motivate, inspire, and keep you going on the right path during your journey towards recovery. Write down quotes that speak to you and keep them with you to look at whenever you need some extra support.
Find a holistic-minded treatment center where you can share quotes that you find worthwhile with others and maybe even come up with some of your own as you gain wisdom along the way.
Native of Moldova, Dr. Zhitar is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine as well as Internal Medicine and completed his training at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA in 2000.