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Inspiring Quotes and Sayings to Help People in Recovery

"Never Lose Hope" paint splattered on a wall

“Never Lose Hope” paint splattered on a wall

Making the decision to get help for an addiction is not easy. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult things that you can do. We don’t like to admit that we need help.

That’s natural, but it can also be a roadblock to healing. Even when you know that rehabilitation is necessary, it’s common for addicts to struggle to stay motivated and uplifted as they work to kick their addiction and rebuild their lives.

It’s for this reason that inspiration plays a very important role in the recovery process. We all find inspiration in different places, but a lack of inspiration can hamper your overall recovery.

Why Does Inspiration Help with Recovery?

The road to overcoming addiction is not just a physical path. It represents a mental and emotional journey that requires a full commitment from the person who is ready to travel it.

The bottom line is that recovery is hard work. Addiction is insidious, and most addicts find that they struggle every day with a desire to drink, use drugs, or engage in whatever harmful behavior landed them in rehab in the first place.

That’s why addicts can often benefit from inspirational, meaningful words to hold onto when things are difficult for them. A quote or phrase that reminds them of hope, encourages them to keep going, and asks them to reach just a little bit higher for the success they want can make a big difference.

Sometimes, addicts use inspirational quotes and sayings as mantras. They hang these words where they’ll see them on a daily basis, whether it’s on their bathroom mirror or at their desk at work. The words serve as a daily reminder to stay strong and keep pushing forward.

With that in mind, we’ve assembled a collection of some of our favorite inspiring quotes and sayings for people in recovery. We hope you find them useful.

Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

“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

“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.” ~ Patrick Overton

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

“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

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we learned something from yesterday.” ~ John Wayne

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

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

“Every great tragedy forms a fertile soil in which a great recovery can take root and blossom… but only if you plant the seeds.” ~ Steve Marabou

“Life is way too short to spend another day at war with yourself.” ~ Saying

“Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.” ~ Bill Wilson

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” ~ Albert Camus

“When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d had just one more drink the night before? I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything.” ~ Meredith Bell

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

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

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

“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

“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

“We may think there is will power involved, but more likely… change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.” ~ George Sheehan

“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” ~ Bernard Williams

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that I am not.” ~ Anonymous

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” ~ Stephanie Bennett Henry

“There’s not a drug on Earth that can make life meaningful.” ~ Sarah Kane

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” ~ Chinese proverb

“It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.” ~ Russell Brand

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

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” ~ Agnes Repplier

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

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain

“My recovery has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.” ~ Patty Duke

“When you show up being your true, authentic self, you create space for others to do the same. Walk in your truth.” ~ Kate Maslin

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles – it empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“Just because you made some past mistakes doesn’t mean you are one. Nobody’s past is perfect. Some people will never forgive you. But never let that stop you from forgiving yourself.” ~ Trent Shelton

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” ~ Charlotte Whitton

“The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost

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

“Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.” ~ Robert Downey, Jr.


Inspiring words can help recovering addicts stay on track, providing much-needed guidance both during and after rehab. Learn about our rehabilitation services at Alpine Recovery Lodge by visiting our website.