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.
“If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The thought of remaining sober for the rest of your life may feel daunting. Remember that a lifetime of sobriety is made up of sober days. If you can quit for one day, you can quit for all of them.
“Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn’t end there.” – Bucky Sinister
How do you want your life to play out? Approach sobriety as if your story is just starting, and write your life how you want it to go.
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
Most people who go through hardship come out on the other side with a stronger purpose and meaning in their lives. What is the extraordinary destiny that your story of sobriety has led you to?
“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Sobriety takes courage. You must continue on the recovery path even when it feels like you can’t take another step. Have the courage to stand still and move forward when ready, but don’t turn back or give up.
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi
We all get a chance to remake ourselves if we don’t like what we’ve become. Embrace sobriety and transform yourself into who you really want to be.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Recovery shows you what you are truly made of. Embrace who you are and celebrate how you handle the challenges of your recovery process.
“One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” – Demi Lovato
Accept that you are worth recovery. You are worth the effort, care, and struggle. Your life matters, and recovery can help you reclaim and celebrate your life.
“Rising from the ashes, I am born again, powerful, exultant, majestic through all the pain.” – Shannon Perry
Recovery is like rising from the ashes. You are born anew into a powerful, unique person who can shine their light into the world. Embrace this transformation and see yourself for the radiant person you are.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” – Dr. Phil McGraw
You must not look to others to give yourself the love, care, attention, and approval you seek. Instead, give it to yourself by engaging fully with your recovery.
“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” – Roger Babson
Things will go wrong in life. Instead of giving in to the pain or fear by using, choose the right path by turning to recovery and sobriety.
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
Reaching sobriety may seem like trying to move a mountain. Remember that small, daily steps move you closer to sobriety.
“Don’t let the past steal your present.” – Cherríe L. Morga
In recovery, it is essential to acknowledge and accept your past. It is equally important to forgive yourself and focus on the present to build a better future.
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
Use adversity to help you achieve new heights. When you face challenges in sobriety, use them to take you to an even better place in your recovery rather than hold you down.
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.