39 Quotes About Being Clean And Sober

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People can find sobriety is the most unlikely of places. These quotes about being clean and sober reminds us of what the end goal is in our recovery.

“Achieving true sobriety goes beyond abstinence. It’s also about healing your soul, apologizing for damage you did to others, and seeking forgiveness.”

“Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.”

“Be grateful. These feelings, no matter how painful, are part of living. Today, we are alive—not anesthetized, not sedated, not passed out. Take control of your feelings and through action you can change. Today, as every day of sober living, we have a choice.”

“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.”

“Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.”

“Every type of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. ”

“Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been. I feel very positive where I never did before, and I think that’s all a direct result of getting sober.”

“Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.”

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know… One who doesn’t try cannot fail and become wise. ”

“Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.”

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”

“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”

“I just got tired of being sick and tired and feeling down. Unfortunately, you don’t realize this until you’re getting sober but the reason why you’re depressed all the time is it’s the drugs that are depressing you.”

“I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday’s gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That’s why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift… for those who are willing to receive it.”

“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.”

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

“In recovery, your shape changes. In order for you to fit back into the rest of the puzzle, your life, the other pieces of the puzzle must also change their shapes to accommodate you.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, classes, races, and professions.”

“Now I’m sober and I realize, I didn’t drink to escape the world, I drank to escape myself.”

“Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times.”

“Recovery is not simple abstinence. It’s about healing the brain, remembering how to feel, learning how to make good decisions, becoming the kind of person who can engage in healthy relationships, cultivating the willingness to accept help from others, daring to be honest, and opening up to doing.”

“Relax. Breathe. It takes time, but there is a great joy to be had in moments of every day. Just remember, you’re learning new steps, a new dance.”

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who fully lives is prepared to die at any time.”

“To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger; but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

“Waking up clean and sober is the first gift of every day.”

“We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.”

“When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That’s when the sparkle started for me.”

“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.”

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

“When you quit drinking you stop waiting.”

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

“You are what you’ll do, not what you say you’ll do. ”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

“You’ve recognized a fundamental feature of an addict’s life. Maintaining your habit is so important you’ve no real interest in anything else.”

There are many ways that people seek recovery from an addiction.

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