Powerful Quotes for Alcoholics in Recovery
Addiction recovery is not always easy, and even people who make an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every single day, keep up with their step work and go to therapy once a week will have difficult days. The good news is that maintaining recovery is always possible and that everything is temporary. If you can stay sober one day at a time, you will be able to successfully stay sober for the remainder of your life.
That being said, everyone needs a little boost on occasion. For this reason, we have compiled a list of motivational quotes for recovering alcoholics. Please feel free to add your own favorite quotes to this list – and if quotes aren’t cutting it, give us a call today for more personal help!
Strengthening Quotes for Recovering Alcoholics
“I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn’t have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. I didn’t make for an interesting person. I didn’t want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone. On the other hand, when I got drunk I screamed, went crazy, got all out of hand. One kind of behavior didn’t fit the other. I didn’t care.”
― Charles Bukowski
“A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.”
― Raymond Chandler
“Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven’t touched a drop of it in seventeen years, sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.”
― Craig Ferguson
“It is difficult to feel sympathy for these people. It is difficult to regard some bawdy drunk and see them as sick and powerless. It is difficult to suffer the selfishness of a drug addict who will lie to you and steal from you and forgive them and offer them help. Can there be any other disease that renders its victims so unappealing? Would Great Ormond Street be so attractive a cause if its beds were riddled with obnoxious little criminals that had “brought it on themselves?”
― Russell Brand
“You can never replace it. The good news is you do learn to live without it. You miss it. You want it. You hang out with a bunch of other crazy people who feel the same way and you live with it. And eventually, you start to sound like a cloying self-help book, like me.”
― Augusten Burroughs
“Alcohol is often the last refuge of a beaten people. In that fiery liquid, any honour in defeat vanishes, and, in the eyes of the enemy, they become the pathetic, caricatured wretches they sought to make them from the beginning.”
― Stewart Stafford
“For all the alcoholics and addicts out there, you are loved, stopped being so stubborn and come in from the cold. Wherever you are, there is a brighter light in your sight. Move towards it every day, and keep moving towards it. Even the worst and strongest addiction is a choice—a choice not to fight, to give up, to indulge the impulse, or instead to accept the hands offered you to help, even from strangers, even from the state. Don’t hate those who gave up on you, it wasn’t their fault, you just wore them down. Show them they were wrong about you. Your troubles are meant to mold you into something better, not destroy you, so FIGHT! Another day comes for the better if you’re standing in the right spot for it to hit you. Find the right spot and stay there until it does.”
― Dave Pryor
Alcoholism and Addiction Treatment
At Agape Treatment Center, we offer a comprehensive program of alcohol addiction recovery geared towards helping men and women struggling with alcohol abuse and dependence. If your drinking has gotten out of hand or if you have maintained a period of sobriety but you are starting to feel shaky, we are available to help. Simply pick up the phone and give us a call and we will assist you with whatever it is you need.