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20 Inspirational Quotes to Get Through Recovery

Let’s face reality: Recovery is hard. While you and I both know it’s worthwhile, moving from active addiction to successful recovery will take many tools, long days and nights, and much support. I recommend you surround yourself with inspirational quotes. Hang them on your bathroom mirror, tape them to your car’s dashboard, and place a few in your wallet. Whenever you need a pick-me-up, pull out these 20 quotes and remember that you can succeed as you recover from addiction.

When you’re stuck on the pain of your past:

“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Actress and recovering addict Drew Barrymore

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When you’re not sure which step to take next:

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” – President Abraham Lincoln

When you need a reminder that you hold the keys to your successful recovery:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When you relapse:

“No man or woman is uniformly successful… we must all expect a rather high percentage of failure in the things we attempt.” – Brown University President Barnaby Keeney

When you’re not sure you can change:

“What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life, not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.” – Author Lewis L. Dunnington

When you’re afraid:

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Actor Bill Cosby

When you think your thoughts aren’t important:

“Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you are usually right.” – Industrialist Henry Ford

When you forget to implement a recovery tool or allow yourself to get stressed:

“The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” – Bishop W.C. Magee

When you face an emotional, physical, or spiritual challenge:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When you’re in a rut:

“Life is meant to be a celebration! It shouldn’t be necessary to set aside special times to remind us of this fact. Wise is the person who finds a reason to make every day a special one.” – Author Leo Buscaglia

When you feel defeated:

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day, begin the task anew.” – Saint Francis de Sales

When you want to stop trying so hard to stay clean:

“Nothing worthwhile ever happens quickly and easily. You achieve only as you are determined to achieve… and as you keep at it until you have achieved.” – Author Robert H. Lauer

When you feel weak:

“If you are aware of your weaknesses and are constantly learning, your potential is virtually limitless.” – Banker Jay Sidhu

When you’re looking for an easy way to successful recovery:

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

When the road is tough:

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Physicist Albert Einstein

When you face failure:

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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When you need encouragement to keep moving forward:

“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” – Businessman Edward B. Butler

When you’re ready to give up:

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome trying to succeed.” – Educator Booker T. Washington

When you’re not sure you can stay clean:

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.” – President Abraham Lincoln

When you feel discouraged:

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” – Psychologist Emile Coue

I don’t know about you, but I always feel encouraged when I read these inspirationsl quotes. May they inspire you, too, to keep moving forward on your recovery journey. I know you can do it!

Myra Davis

Myra Davis is a content writer who strives to educate people about the dangers of substance abuse, and encourage them to seek treatment if they are struggling with addiction problems. Having watched some of her close friends' lives fall apart because of addiction, Myra became a strong advocate for education and awareness regarding alternative methods for treating depression and chronic pain.

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