50 Quotes to Celebrate Recovery

Recovery Month 2017 is coming to an end. It is important to continually acknowledge those in recovery as recovery happens every day. If you are struggling, know that there is hope for you and your family through treatment. 

Here are 50 quotes collected by Cathy Taughinbaugh to celebrate recovery!

1) “We’re all looking at the people around us, the people who have gone before us who have succeeded in recovery and have long-term sobriety and they are an illustration for us of how good it can be.” ~ Scott Stevens

2) “We can and we must do better as prolonged recovery is now an achievable result of comprehensive addiction treatment.” ~ Stephen Pasierb

3)  “The CRAFT approach, developed by Bob Meyers at U of New Mexico, is one set of important tools that DO work, and it feels great to see families using these strategies and getting results, feeling hopeful again, feeling empowered, getting support, learning to trust themselves again, getting their lives and the lives of their children back.” ~ Jeff Foote, PhD

4) “Recovery is all about using our power to change our beliefs that are based on faulty data.” ~ Kevin McCormack

5) “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott

6) “I know, despite all my best efforts and deepest desires, that I can’t guarantee a happy, healthy, and successful path for my children; still, once in a while, I feel the tide touching my toes.” ~ D’Anne Burwell

7) “There is a place in this movement for everybody, whether you just want to share your story at a school, share your story with your neighbor or you want to speak to your legislator about how important supporting addiction recovery is for our communities.” ~ Greg Williams

8) “Positive thoughts and prayer have been the best means available, since the beginning of time, to transform darkness to light.” ~ Cate Stevens

9) “When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to FLY. ~Patric Overton

10) “Get in touch with their own intuition. The answers are inside if we have a process to be introspective.” ~ Dr. Herby Bell

11) Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. ~ Deepak Chopra

12) “In recovery, your shape changes. In order for you to fit back into the rest of the puzzle, your life, the other pieces of the puzzle must also change their shapes to accommodate you.” ~ Augusten Burroughs

13) “We’re saying that the way people sustain ongoing, long-term change is through building a better life in ways that matter to them as individuals.” ~ Nicole Kosanke, PhD

14)  “Our family is affected by addiction. I will accept it, find strength in God and my recovering community, and go forward.” ~ Libby Cataldi

15) “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

16) “I sought treatment and began the process of getting myself healthy and in return could make healthier decisions concerning my child. Self-care is critical and must not be neglected.” ~ Sharon LeGore

17) “The hopeful part about that is when you do have that help, you will feel better. It still doesn’t make this easy. Nothing makes this easy, but you can make better decisions.” ~ David Sheff

18) “We must learn to be still in order to navigate the fertile soil awaiting us.” ~ Holli Kenley

19) “Yoga is a path that leads to true healing, happiness, and a successful thriving life.” ~ Tommy Rosen

20) “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” ~ George Chakiris

21) Given love and opportunity, every child and adult can recover. All who know this and have the capacity to help others should assist as they can. ~Dallin H. Oaks

22) “Relax. Breathe. It takes time, but there is a great joy to be had in moments of every day. Just remember, you’re learning new steps, a new dance.” ~ Lisa Frederiksen

23) “We honor ourselves when we speak out for recovery. We show the world that recovery matters because it brings hope and peace into the lives of individuals and their loved ones.” ~ Beth Wilson

24) “It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.”  ~ Richard Evans

25) “There are multiple pathways to addiction recovery and ALL are cause for celebration!” ~ William L. White

26) Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing. ~ Dean Dauphinais

27) “Everyday men, women, and adolescents take their first steps on this journey. Dramatic changes do happen.” ~ Joe Herzanek

28) “When people see their behavior as inconsistent with their self-image or goals, their motivation to change can increase.” ~ Carrie Wilkens, PhD

29) “Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom.” ~Sharon Salzberg

30) “In my experience, and in the experience of most people I have talked with, the family’s recovery often coincides with or precedes the recovery of the addicted individual.” ~ Beverly Conyers

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

32) “We must desperately desire recovery with the same passion with which we pursue drugs.” ~ Mary Cook

33) “In a moment of clarity, out of nowhere, I saw that when I believed my thoughts I suffered and when I questioned my thoughts I didn’t suffer, and I have come to see that this is true for every human being. ~ Bryon Katie

34) “You need to be bold enough and strong enough to let your loved one’s recovery unfold or not unfold as it is meant to, not as you want it to.” ~ Carole Bennett

35) With boundaries, it comes down to this, that you don’t support the illness, you support recovery.” ~ Christopher Kennedy Lawford

36) “By changing the way I interact with my drinker, I will help him come to the decision that entering treatment will improve his life.” ~ Robert Meyers, PhD

37) “Something exceptionally positive can come from our experiences. Your contribution to the growing momentum with this cause has great power. Perhaps you’ll reach someone before they have to know the glass monster room at all.” ~ Jody Lamb

38) “A compassionate approach leads to less addiction.” ~ Johann Hari

39) “When women sit in a circle a sacred space is created to work and create together, listen, learn and share with one another—to get support from one another.” ~ Shelley Richanbach

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

41) “Where there is life there is hope.” ~ Ron Grover

42) “The truth is that almost two-thirds of Americans have friends or family members who have struggled with addiction.  ~ William Cope Moyers

43) Don’t let the past steal your present.” –Terri Guillemets

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

45) “Learn to listen, sit, contain, and just be with your children.” ~ Brad Reedy, PhD

46) “Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” – Dr. Phil McGraw

47)  “Recovery is not simple abstinence. It’s about healing the brain, remembering how to feel, learning how to make good decisions, becoming the kind of person who can engage in healthy relationships, cultivating the willingness to accept help from others, daring to be honest, and opening up to doing.” ~ Debra Jay

48) “It takes a lot of strength to ride the storm of addiction, but it’s worth it.” ~ Maggie Swann

49) “The best gift you can give, besides your unconditional love, is to be strong for them when they are present and stronger for yourself when they are not!” ~ David Cooke

50) “Baby steps are key–baby steps, and lots and lots of praise.”  ~ Erica Spiegelman