Impactful Addictions Quotes

Whether you are merely researching signs of addiction, or you are already on the path to discover how to quit drinking or how to break an addiction, it’s helpful to know that there’s someone who has been there before and that there is in fact a light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you receive inspiration and success stories from friends or contacts in recovery, substance abuse counselors, or addiction counselors, we know that sources of support and encouragement can vary and often can change from moment to moment.  

No matter the source, we know how helpful it is to hear the full arc of various addiction stories, addiction quotes, or words of perseverance and empathy from those who have been there and have also struggled in finding out how to break an addiction or how to quit drinking. Below are some powerful addiction quotes to keep on hand when you need that little glimmer of light on a particularly challenging day or week.

“No matter how good your intentions are, they amount to nothing if you fail to take the necessary steps to make them happen. Wishing for recovery isn’t enough. Take the first step by accepting help from an addiction treatment program.”

-Unknown, on the importance of addiction treatment programs (alcohol treatment centers) and a supportive substance abuse counselor

“Seven years sober. I’m really grateful. It’s really lovely to be present in my life.”

-Colin Farrell speaking on how to quit drinking

“Don’t keep delaying the act of asking for help. Finding the courage to speak with an addiction counselor professional may be the first most significant step on your journey to recovery.”


 “Without the services I’ve received, I’d still believe I’m not worth recovery or life.”

-Quest Center FSR Client

“You must forgive yourself and leave the guilt and shame behind you. Don’t go about carrying your past mistakes as a burden on your shoulders. Make the necessary amends and push forward.”

– Anonymous, addiction quotes

“It was a slow process. You gotta remember I hadn’t recorded a song sober in seven years. So it took me awhile to even feel like I could record a song sober.”


“It’s been one of the greatest challenges that ever came along in my life; it was one of the more difficult things to do.”

 -Buzz Aldrin on recovering from alcohol addiction

“My recovery is the single greatest accomplishment of my life. Without that, the rest of my life would have fallen apart.”

-Martin Sheen

“I drank for about 25 years getting over the loss of my father, and I took the anger out on myself. I did a good job at beating myself up sometimes.”

-Gary Oldman and how to quit drinking

“That’s all drugs and alcohol do; they cut off your emotions in the end.”

 -Ringo Starr

“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 with one of many drug addiction quotes

“One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.”

–Demi speaking truth about addiction recovery 

 “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’s inspiring words to live by when struggling through addiction recovery. 

“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 on the balancing act of addiction recovery.

“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 on the true meaning of drug addiction recovery. 

If you have questions about whether you would benefit from addiction treatment centers or if you'd like to learn more about how to break an addiction, please call Quest Center at 503-238-5203 or visit our FSR page.