Addiction recovery is a long, difficult journey that requires an abundance of support and autonomy. Unfortunately, a lot of people on the mend from drug or alcohol addiction don’t have a strong enough sense of self-confidence or discipline to make progress during the early stages of recovery following treatment. Thankfully, there are many ways for people in recovery to successfully combat feelings of self-doubt to strengthen their sobriety. One way is by taking inspirational words of wisdom to heart. Throughout our history, a number of influential figures have shared words of wisdom that have since been immortalized into universal truths that easily apply to addiction recovery, even if that’s not what they were initially intended to do.
Quotes from Famous Religious Figures
While this particular quote by Bishop Steere may not have been intended for addressing addiction, it is still a saying that can help those on their respective journeys to sobriety. Steere was right— negative thoughts breed negative attitudes and actions. This is why staying positive during the recovery process is so essential. It may just mean the difference between success and relapse.
With this seemingly simple notion, Kelley is saying that people’s steadfast beliefs drive the actions that shape them as individuals. However, this is not necessarily limited to religious or spiritual beliefs. Having faith in yourself is one of the most important aspects of life— especially in life after addiction. Your will to get sober speaks more to your character than the addiction ever did.
This is perhaps one of the most famous sayings that exist today. De Sales’ words of wisdom here serve as a kind reminder that everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is that you learn from them so you can move forward. This notion easily applies to addiction recovery because relapse is often misconstrued as a failure when in reality it is a minor bump on a long road. As long as you learn from a relapse and make necessary adjustments to your recovery plan, your sobriety— and ultimately your health— is fine.
Quotes from Famous Philosophers
This saying may be a simple one, but it holds as much truth as any of the others on this list. St. Augustine’s words of wisdom serve as a reminder that you are ultimately responsible for your own happiness, and so “bad times” only exist when you let them. In addiction recovery, the sudden transition from addiction to active abstinence and sobriety can be jarring, but by making the time and putting in the effort to do the things that make you happy, you’ll be more than able to fill the void that addiction might have left.
The notion that it’s never too late to change is not a new one, but James’ words of wisdom here perfectly express it. People struggling with addiction often feel trapped or hopeless, even after deciding to enter treatment. However, with enough willpower and some help from others, anyone can change get sober and change their lives for the better.
The idea of finding happiness and contentment in being yourself is one that a lot of people tend to take for granted, especially when struggling with addiction and the early stages of recovery. But remember, the person you were before addiction still exists. Being true to that person and allowing yourself to grow from your experiences gives you more power and makes you far richer than whatever substance abuse might have perceivably given you.
Quotes from Famous Historical Figures
This is one of several quotes on this list that held a different meaning at the time it was first said. In this case, President Lincoln’s now famous quote was part of a speech he made to the House of Representatives back in 1848 regarding the Civil and Diplomatic Appropriation Bill. However, it perfectly captures the most important aspect of addiction recovery: believing in yourself. By having the determination to get help for your addiction and move on after treatment, you better your chances of a successful long-term recovery.
Keller’s words here demonstrate a significant truth regarding addiction and recovery: your addiction doesn’t define you. Instead of giving your addiction any more power, practice mindfulness in addiction recovery that lets you learn and grow from your struggles. Doing this will, as Keller put it, teach you patience and give you insight.
Thatcher’s quote holds a lot of significance to the recovery community. Relapse is a consequence of addiction that everyone in recovery hopes they will never have to face, but what many seem to forget is that it’s actually a regular part of the recovery process. You may relapse once or even twice before you become entirely sober, but this does not mean you have failed. It just means that you must make adjustments to your treatment or recovery plan— like changing tactics before an upcoming battle.
Set Your Path on the Road to Freedom
Christians in recovery can always turn to the good book for guidance, but some of the most inspiring teachings surrounding the topics of addiction and recovery— whether directly or indirectly— exist outside of the Bible as well. At Road to Freedom, our patients both in and out of treatment are encouraged to seek guidance and support from a wide variety of good influences for their journeys to sobriety. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and needs help to get sober, call Road to Freedom today at (844) 402-3605.