Addiction quotes

By | 17.05.2022

A lot of people think that addiction is a choice. A lot of people think it’s a matter of will. That has not been my experience. I don’t find it to have anything to do with strength. Matthew Perry

There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it’s the mundane violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism. bell hooks

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

The priority of any addict is to anaesthetize the pain of living to ease the passage of day with some purchased relief. Russell Brand

I think that power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done. Robert Downey, Jr.

Believe you can, and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Technology is causing a set of seemingly disconnected things – shortening of attention spans, polarization, outrage-ification of culture, mass narcissism, election engineering, addiction to technology. Tristan Harris

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

This stuff, this Mexican sludge, just grabbed you by the f–king heartstrings and tore me apart,” he told Rolling Stone. “All those years of snorting coke, and then I accidentally get involved in heroin after smoking crack for the first time. It finally tied my shoelaces together. Robert Downey Jr.

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them. George Bernard Shaw

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. Charlotte Brontë

We humans have become dependent on plastic for a range of uses, from packaging to products. Reducing our use of plastic bags is an easy place to start getting our addiction under control. David Suzuki


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

Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a hundred times. Mark Twain

First, you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Checking your ego, abandoning it, letting it go, is a huge part of recovery from addiction. Susannah Grant

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 his death from being a total surprise. Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s 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

If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime. Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs. Robin Williams

You just have to take it one day at a time. Some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well. Demi Lovato

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

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


Coffee and smoking are the last great addictions. Lara Flynn Boyle

I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day. Gail Carriger

One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery. Demi Lovato

I realized that I only had two choices: I was either going to die or I was going to live, and which one did I want to do? And then I said those words, ‘I’ll get help,’ or, ‘I need help. I’ll get help.’ And my life turned around. Ridiculous for a human being to take 16 years to say, I need help. Sir Elton John

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. Joseph Campbell

Qualities you need to get through medical school and residency: Discipline. Patience. Perseverance. A willingness to forgo sleep. A penchant for sadomasochism. Ability to weather crises of faith and self-confidence. Accept exhaustion as fact of life. Addiction to caffeine a definite plus. Unfailing optimism that the end is in sight. Khaled Hosseini

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

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi

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

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand as what direction you are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your ass the result is the same: addiction. William s. Burroughs

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche. Addiction quotes

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

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. Georgia O’Keeffe


Prohibition of substances which give pleasure to people does not work. Addiction is a health problem, not a moral one, and there are many proven strategies which can reduce its burden. Vikram Patel

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. Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

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

It is 10 years since I used drugs or alcohol and my life has improved immeasurably. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships, and, generally, a bright outlook… The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational. Russell Brand

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. Michael Jordan

Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it’s giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness. When you total up those baby steps you’d be amazed over the course of 10 years, the strides you’ve taken. Hoda Kotb

Wait for me.” The words come out choked and pained. “I need you to wait for me. Krista Ritchie, Addicted to You

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller

I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake, and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger. Samuel L. Jackson

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar

Secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction. Edward Teller

But I’m not a saint yet. I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius. Truman Capote, Music for Chameleons

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

Making money is certainly the one addiction I cannot shake. Felix Dennis


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, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sometimes, you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you. Dr. Phil

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life; it comes to 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

All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation. W. H. Auden

This diary is my kief, hashish and opium pipe. This is my drug and my vice. Anais Nin

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

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, Who’s Pulling Your Strings? How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life

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

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Jim Rohn

The effects of unresolved trauma can be devastating. It can affect our habits and outlook on life, leading to addictions and poor decision-making. It can take a toll on our family life and interpersonal relationships. It can trigger real physical pain, symptoms, and disease. And it can lead to a range of self-destructive behaviors. Peter A. Levine

An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate. Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind. Anne Fletcher


Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth

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

No one told me you can love someone and still be miserable. How is that possible? Krista Ritchie, Addicted to You

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

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

When you rise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …Marcus Aurelius

This dark diction has become America’s addiction. Kanye West

The Moth don’t care when he sees The Flame.
He might get burned, but he’s in the game.
And once he’s in, he can’t go back, he’ll
Beat his wings ’til he burns them black…
No, The Moth don’t care when he sees The Flame. . .
The Moth don’t care if The Flame is real,
‘Cause Flame and Moth got a sweetheart deal.
And nothing fuels a good flirtation,
Like Need and Anger and Desperation…
No, The Moth don’t care if The Flame is real. . . Aimee Mann

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

‘Moonlight’ isn’t an issue film. It’s not about addiction, it’s not about sexuality, it’s not about identity. It’s about all these different layers, because they are all a part of the character. Barry Jenkins

…most Substance-addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking. David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

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

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Negative freedom is freedom from – freedom from oppression, whether it’s a colonial power or addiction to alcohol oppressing you. You need to be freed from negative freedom. Positive freedom is freedom for, freedom to be. And that’s what’s routinely ignored today. Os Guinness

The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain. Gabor Maté

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you have no strength. Napoleon Bonaparte

Getting sober was one of the 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. Robert Downey Jr.

Cigars, cigarettes, and hookah tobacco are all smoked tobacco – addictive and deadly. We need effective action to protect our kids from struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine. Tom Frieden

I love you,” he says again, “and no other man will ever say those words and mean them the way I do. Krista Ritchie, Ricochet

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

Working together with Democrats and Republicans, I passed legislation to help break the grip of addiction. By investing in prevention, treatment, and recovery, empowering law enforcement, and stopping the overprescribing of painkillers, we can turn the tide. Rob Portman

Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Susan Sontag, On Photography

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. Vince Lombardi

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wild

Once I was clear-headed, and I hadn’t been clear-headed in so long, I was like, I can never go back. And I’m still thankful. Travis Barker

Exercise is like an addiction. Once you’re in it, you feel like your body needs it. Elsa Pataky

One thing I’ve learned is it’s better to be addicted to things than people. You get hooked on a thing and if someone takes it from you, you can find another source. Only people can really hurt you. Only people can push you out into the cold permanently. A.M. Riley, Immortality is the Suck

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

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

I kind of have a strange addiction to hair dryers. Like on the TV show, where they eat toilet paper or eat the wall or something – I’m addicted to hair dryers. Since I was 8 years old, I’ve used them to fall asleep. I love the white noise. I love the heat. It just puts me right to sleep. Julia Fox


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, The Testament

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford

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

What’s going to happen,” he breathes, “is that I’m going to carry you through this door. I’m going to draw out every single moment until you’re exhausted. And I’m going to move so slow that three months ago will feel like yesterday. And tomorrow will feel like today, and no one in this fucking universe will be able to say your name without saying mine. Krista Ritchie, Addicted for Now

To me poverty, mental health, and addictions don’t sound like criminal justice problems. They sound to me like a social justice problem. Jagmeet Singh

Who shall I shoot? You choose. Now, listen very carefully: where’s your coffee? You’ve got coffee, haven’t you? C’mon, everyone’s got coffee! Spill the beans! Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Ziglar. Addiction quotes and sayings

Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you. Dr. Phil

Addiction is a tough illness, and recovery from it is a hard but noble path. Men and women who walk that path deserve our support, encouragement, and admiration. Sheldon Whitehouse

What if I’m so broken I can never do something as basic as feed myself? Do you realize how twisted that is? It amazes me sometimes that humans still exist. We’re just animals, after all. And how can an animal get so removed from nature that it loses the instinct to keep itself alive? Amy Reed, Clean

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

Don’t let the past steal your present. Terri Guillemets

We are taught to consume. And that’s what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume, that it’s just a mind set, that it’s just an addiction, then we wouldn’t be out there stepping on people’s hands climbing the corporate ladder of success. River Phoenix

When you can stop you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t… Luke Davies, Candy

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

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. Russel Brand

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! Anne Frank

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


There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’

If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble. Sam Keen, Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man

We don’t choose to be addicted; what we choose to do is deny our pain.

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you. Aldous Huxley

What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself. Hecato

Practically every environmental problem we have can be traced to our addiction to fossil fuels, primarily oil. Dennis Weaver

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

Remember just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there. Robert Downey

Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower. Shigenori Kameoka

I have an addiction to caffeine. Bill Ayers

I used to have a drug problem, now I make enough money. David Lee Roth

It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with. Fergie

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. Bertrand Russell

One of the greatest evils is the foolishness of a good man. For the giving man to withhold helping someone in order to first assure personal fortification is not selfish, but to elude needless self-destruction; martyrdom is only practical when the thought is to die, else a good man faces the consequence of digging a hole from which he cannot escape, and truly helps no one in the long run. Mike Norton, Just Another War Story

Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles, and you have to change it. James Lee Curtis

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain and it’s one that we have to treat the way we would any other chronic illness: with skill, with compassion and with urgency. Vivek Murthy


Amy [Winehouse] changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues. Lady Gaga

Recovery is a process. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes everything you’ve got.

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. C.S. Lewis

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. Ramona L. Anderson

If you don’t know someone who’s had a problem with addiction, you will. Dana Boente

To have the beginning of a truly great story, you need to have a character you’re completely and utterly obsessed with. Without obsession, to the point of a maddening addiction, there’s no point to continue. Jennifer Salaiz

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

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

There is definitely an addiction to money that I have. Conor McGregor

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

It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars. Richard Evans

Unfortunately, with addiction, there’s manipulation and deception. Jeremy Camp

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