Quotes About Recovery and Addictions
"For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction... A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three -- the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn't get you, the others are waiting in the wings."
"Honesty, without gentleness, is nothing but brutality ... Gentleness, without honesty, is nothing but sentimentality."
-Fr. Emmerich Vogt
"Love and humility make a holy team. The one exalts loves, the other supports those who have been exalted - and never falls."
"The rivers of Grace cannot blow uphill, up the steep cliff of the proud man's heart."
"A man is never so proud as when striking an attitude of humility."
"Raise yourself up after a fall."
-St. Francis de Sales
"If we let go our vice-like grip of self, only then can we be truly free."
"Fear is the chief activator of our faults."
-Fr. Emmerich Vogt
"Blind men believe not with their eyes, but with their hearts and souls. That where our faith and trust in God's plan for us must lie."
"God wills what is universally best."
-Fr. Emmerich Vogt
"When journeying down the long dark road, we must continue on and never give up faith we'll one day reach our destination - no matter how ugly that road appears before the naked eye."
There is only one reason why men become addicted to drugs, they are weak men. Only strong men are cured, and they cure themselves.
-Martin H. Fischer
Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know - I've been using it for years.
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"The people who are the angriest are the people who are the most afraid."
"I would love to, but I need to talk to my sponsor first."
"Go to 90 meetings in 90 days. If you're not satisfied, we'll gladly refund your misery."
"If you're looking for an easier, softer way, there are no directions."
"The only thing an addict does in moderation is work the steps."
Treat your mind like a bad neighborhood - don't go there alone.
Ten out of ten people die, so don't take life too seriously.
Our sickness is between our ears.
"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
Want to hear God laugh? Tell Him your plans.
Don't expect to learn about people from books; a person can't fit in a bookcase.
Be profound, funny or quiet.
After you talk in a meeting, listen to hear if you said anything.
"A habit is a shirt made of iron."
"Habits are first cobwebs, then cables."
"All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation."
-W. H. Auden
"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."
-Carl Gustav Jung
"In the course of history many more people have died for their drink and their dope than have died for their religion or their country."
"My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, and not of the intellectual faculties."
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"All drugs of any interest to any moderately intelligent person in America are now illegal."
" He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie."
"If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house."
" A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in."
-C. S. Lewis
" All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot."
-Henry Ward Beecher
"What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don't want to discourage it completely."
-Franklin P. Jones
"There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge."
-Hunter S. Thompson
" If addiction is judged by how long a dumb animal will sit pressing a lever to get a 'fix' of something, to its own detriment, then I would conclude that net news is far more addictive than cocaine."
"Whether talking about addiction, taxation [on cigarettes] or education [about smoking], there is always at the center of the conversation an essential conundrum: How come we're selling this deadly stuff anyway?"
"Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values - and witnesses."
-Franklin P. Jones
"I am not addicted to nicotine. Why must I participate in your drug addiction?"
" Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
-P. J. O'Rourke
"Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condense and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body."
"Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny."
"Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity."
"We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life."
"Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare."
"Treat your mind like a bad neighborhood - don't go there alone."
"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself."
-Michel de Montaigne
"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others."
-Jacob M. Braude
"Don't do drugs because if you do drugs you'll go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison."
"The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones."
"The weapons addiction of all our political leaders ... has the same characteristics as drug addiction. It is enormously costly, very dangerous, provokes ugly violence, and is self-perpetuating -- all on a scale far greater than drug addicton."
"Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones."
-Stephen R. Covey
"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves."
-Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld
"To possess your soul in patience, with all the skin and some of the flesh burnt off your face and hands, is a job for a boy compared with the pains of a man who has lived pretty long in the exhilarating world that drugs or strong waters seem to create and is trying to live now in the first bald desolation created by knocking them off."
-C. E. Montague
"Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are."
-Julius Charles Hare
"Habits...the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction� You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction."
"I feel that any form of so called psychotherapy is strongly contraindicated for addicts. The question ''Why did you start using narcotics in the first place?'' should never be asked. It is quite as irrelevant to treatment as it would be to ask a malarial patient why he went to a malarial area."
-William S. Burroughs
"We're worn into grooves by Time by our habits. In the end, these grooves are going to show whether we've been second rate or champions, each in his way in dispatching the affairs of every day. By choosing our habits, we determine the grooves into which Time will wear us; and these are grooves that enrich our lives and make for ease of mind, peace, happiness achievement."
-Frank B. Gilberth
" Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits."