Addiction and recovery quotes

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Here are few addiction and recovery quotes that have caught my eye recently. Some wise words and poignant reflections that are worth savouring.

I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society. Wild-eyed, shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat. That was until I became one…
~Cathryn Kemp


Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.
~Margaret Atwood


Addiction is a relationship, a pathological relationship in which… obsession replaces people.
~Patrick Carnes


One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.
~Brendan Behan


The further I get into recovery, the less I know.
~Phil Valentine


I think we need to educate our doctors about addiction.
~Matthew Perry


Not why the addiction, but why the pain.
~Gabor Mate


You are in recovery if you say you are.
~Phil Valentine


Recovery is contagious. Get close to it. Stay close to it. Catch it. Keep catching it. Pass it on.
~Bill White

    7 Responses to "Addiction and recovery quotes"
    1. Innocent Abroad says:

      Not sure about the Valentine quote. Not sure at all.

    2. Anon says:

      I love the margret atwood one – I’ve often used the image of one of those desert frogs (the Trilling frog) that encysts itself underground for years waiting for the rain. I think of addiction as being like that – apparently gone but easily revived.

    3. Anon says:

      This may not be the place to mention my other favourite Behan quote but on being asked why he had come to Canada he explained that he’d read a coaster that said “Drink Canada Dry” and thought he’d give it a go.

    4. Boji says:

      I agree with the notion of adidtcion as being chronic and believe it is important to maintain a holistic vision in working with clients who present with adidtcion. In addition to the three strategies and emerging approaches mentioned by Dennis and Scott (p.48-51), I am inclined to get the whole family involved to more effectively work through the multiple influences and reciprocal affects that adidtcion can have on family members.On the macro, institutions and our society at large need to normalize conversations about adidtcion with our youth from a young age to promote prevention and support early intervention. This requires engagement in community dialogue and policy change.My favorite piece was the Weegmann and English article because it beautifully articulated how the construction of a new identity can promote sustainable change. A focus on replacing the adidtcion with movement towards the achievement of goals, values, and who an individual wants to be, may be important in this process. In many ways, the one in recovery is going through a grieving process in the same way one might feel if they lost a best friend or lover. Addressing the relational aspect of adidtcion and attachment issues will be important to incorporate into therapy. An inherent part of detachment relates to spirituality for me (even if we don’t want to use that term) because ultimately it comes down to the recognition that all our worldly attachments are transient, and demands a person to turn themselves toward the unseen, a transcendent power, or a higher purpose of some kind.

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