Addiction Sayings and Quotes

Addiction takes a toll on both the addict and the people closest to them. The road to sobriety is not linear. There will be setbacks and missteps, but it’s important to not get discouraged. Find a bit of comfort with the wise and insightful quotes on addiction below.


Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.     

Carl Jung

Addictions ... started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn't seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life-decisions. And they were ... less intelligent than goldfish.     

William Gibson

What fascinates me about addiction and obsessive behavior is that people would choose an altered state of consciousness that's toxic and ostensibly destroys most aspects of your normal life, because for a brief moment you feel okay.     

Moby

Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it hundreds of times.      

Mark Twain

Addiction begins with the hope that something "out there" can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.     

Jean Kilbourne

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

At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain.     

Frank Tallis

At every stage, addiction is driven by one of the most powerful, mysterious, and vital forces of human existence. What drives addiction is longing — a longing not just of brain, belly, or loins but finally of the heart.     

Cornelius Platinga

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

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

You know you're an alcoholic when you misplace things for like a decade.      

Paul Williams

I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster, or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He's taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of death from being a total surprise.      

Chuck Palahniuk

Drugs have taught an entire generation of American kids the metric system.      

P.J. O'Rourke

The initial journey towards sobriety is a delicate balance between insight into one's desire for escape and abstinence from one's addiction.      

Debra L. Kaplan

In the 1960s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.      

Anonymous

What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.      

Alice Miller

Addiction doesn't kill the addict. It kills the family, kids and people who tried to help!      

Anonymous

If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.      

Ann Landers

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.      

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity.      

Anonymous

All the suffering, stress and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.      

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.      

Mark Twain

The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.     

Jean Cocteau

Addiction- When you can give up something any time, as long as it's next Tuesday.      

Nikki Sixx

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

Somerset Maugham

Reality is just a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.      

Robin Williams

Recovery from addiction requires hard work, a proper attitude and learning skills to stay sober, not drinking alcohol or using other drugs. Successful drug recovery or alcohol recovery involves changing attitudes, acquiring knowledge, and developing skills to meet the many challenges of sobriety.      

Dennis Daley

Addiction is a symptom of not growing up.      

C. C. DeVille

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

You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town.     

Anne Lamott

Imagine trying to live without air. Now imagine something worse.     

Amy Reed

These feelings, no matter how painful, are part of living. Today, we are alive – not anesthetized, not sedated, not passed out. Take control of your feelings and through action you can change. Today, as every day of sober living, we have a choice.     

Ann D. Clark

Addiction, at its worst, is akin to having Stockholm Syndrome. You’re like a hostage who has developed an irrational affection for your captor. They can abuse you, torture you, even threaten to kill you, and you’ll remain inexplicably and disturbingly loyal.     

Anne Clendening

The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.     

Ashley Montagu

If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.     

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Do not think that what your thoughts dwell on does not matter. Your thoughts are making you.     

Bishop Steere

It’s not the situation…… it’s your reaction to the situation.     

Bob Conklin

Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.     

Brene Brown

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.     

C.S. Lewis

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

Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.     

Carrie Fisher

You are not an alcoholic or an addict. You are not incurably diseased. You have merely become dependent on substances or addictive behavior to cope with underlying conditions that you are now going to heal, at which time your dependency will cease completely and forever.     

Chris Prentiss

I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That’s the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.     

Chuck Palahniuk

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.     

Confucius

An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.     

Criss Jami

One of the things you learn in rehab is that you’re responsible for your own actions.     

Dale Archer

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.     

Dale Carnegie

A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.     

Desiderius Erasmus

My fear of abandonment is exceeded only by my terror of intimacy.     

Ethlie Ann Vare

Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.     

Frederick W. Faber

If you are an approval addict, your behaviour is as easy to control as that of any other junkie. All a manipulator need do is a simple two-step process: Give you what you crave, and then threaten to take it away. Every drug dealer in the world plays this game.     

Harriet B. Braiker

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it fully.     

J.K. Rowling

Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live.     

Jean Cocteau

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

Jean Kilbourne

An intelligent person can rationalize anything, a wise person doesn't try.     

Jen Knox

Drugs are a bet with your mind.     

Jim Morrison

A good addiction is a contradiction in terms. Anything people can’t give up or must have is not healthy, no matter what the activity.     

Jody Dean

Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you–it’s the cage you live in.     

Johann Hari

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it's human connection.     

Johann Hari

Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier. Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it.     

John Grisham

Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.     

Joseph Campbell

No one told me you can love someone and still be miserable. How is that possible?     

Krista Ritchie

Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.     

Kurt Cobain

Not feeling is no replacement for reality. Your problems today are still your problems tomorrow.     

Larry Michael Dredla

When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't.     

Luke Davies

Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.     

Margaret Atwood

The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.     

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The worst thing you can do for your loved one caught in alcoholism or addiction is to help the person continue in the deception that he or she is OK. Your best course of action is to speak the truth in love (see Eph. 4:15) and don't allow him or her to escape the consequences of wrong behavior.     

Neil T. Anderson

We use all kinds of ways to escape – all addictions stem from this moment when we meet our edge and we just can’t stand it. We feel we have to soften it, pad it with something, and we become addicted to whatever it is that seems to ease the pain.     

Pema Chodron

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 is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions, or death.     

Russell Brand

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.     

Santosh Kalwar

There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away.     

Sherman Alexie

An addict is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.     

Stella Adler

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.     

Vince Lombardi

People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.     

Wendell Berry

Most addicts I have talked to report a similar experience. They did not start using drugs for any reason they can remember. They just drifted along until they got hooked. If you have never been addicted, you can have no clear idea what it means to need junk with the addict’s special need. You don’t decide to be an addict. One morning you wake up sick and you’re an addict.     

William S. Burroughs

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.     

Zen Proverb

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.     

Zig Ziglar

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.     

Zig Ziglar