22 Quotes On Battling And Surviving Addiction

It’s only recently that addiction is starting to make headway as a classified disease. This is because of moderns science ability to identify mechanisms and changes within the brain. Classifying addiction as a disease has allowed us to shed more empathy and understanding to this specific issue that affected nearly 22 million Americans just in 2014.

We put together this list of quotes for those who are battling addiction and their loved ones. Being understanding of addiction during the healing process is important. Not only for those who are struggling themselves, and having self-love and understanding, but also loved ones around them accepting how difficult it is to fight addiction. It’s also important to note that addiction isn’t just merely a choice. It’s a combination of a decision (to a degree) and physiological dependence (disease). Overtime addiction becomes less and less of a choice and almost solely a physiological and psychological dependency.

Understanding Addiction

“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, classes, races, and professions.” – Patrick J. Kennedy

“Addiction is the repetitive process of habitually satisfying cravings to avoid, change, or control the seemingly unbearable conditions of the present moment.”
Refuge Recovery, Preface

“It is hard to understand addiction unless you have experienced it.”
Ken Hensley

“It is not I who become addicted, it is my body.” – Jean Cocteau

“Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.” – Ralph Nader

“Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.”
Jean Kilbourne

“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” ― Russell Brand

Struggling With Addiction

“First, you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” – Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

“One of the things you learn in rehab is that you’re responsible for your own actions.” ― Dale Archer

“Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.” ― Gary Oldman

“The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.” – Somerset Maugham

“I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say ‘Hi, my name is Sam and I am an addict.”― Samuel L. Jackson

“Even when I took the drugs I realized that this just wasn’t fun anymore. The drugs had become a part of my routine. Something to wake me up. Something to help me sleep. Something to calm my nerves. There was a time when I was able to wake up, go to sleep, and have fun without a pill or a line to help me function. These days it felt like I might have a nervous breakdown if I didn’t have them.” ― Cherie Currie

“One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.” ― Brendan Behan

Recovering From Addiction

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

“We begin by accepting all the ways that addiction has caused suffering in our lives and the lives of others.”
Refuge Recovery

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

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

“Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“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

“Compassion is the most powerful tool you can have when it comes to healing addictions of any kind. Put simply, what your partner needs most from you is compassion.”– Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Getting Help

Finding help for your addiction is the first step towards recovery. Surrounding yourself with people who understand addiction such as doctors, mental health professionals and recovered addicts will immensely increase the chances of recovery.

If you are looking for help you can call +1-855-544-0489 (24/7 Nation-wide) or visit addictivecare.org. Remember, the sooner you start your path to recovery the more of your life you will gain back. 

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