66+ Best Addiction Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences. Inspirational addiction quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Most Famous Addiction Quotes

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. – Carl Jung

Addictions … started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn’t seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life-decisions. And they were … less intelligent than goldfish. – William Gibson

The best idea and the best expression of it amount to nothing without action to back them up.

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. – Santosh Kalwar

What fascinates me about addiction and obsessive behavior is that people would choose an altered state of consciousness that’s toxic and ostensibly destroys most aspects of your normal life, because for a brief moment you feel okay. – Moby

In a storm of struggles, I have tried to control the elements, clasp the fist tight so as to protect self and happiness. But stress can be an addiction, and worry can be our lunge for control, and we forget the answer to this moment is always yes because of Christ. – Ann Voskamp

Recovery is hard. Regret is harder. – Brittany Burgunder

Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times. – Mark Twain

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Addiction begins with the hope that something out there can instantly fill up the emptiness inside. – Jean Kilbourne

One small step is worth more than a thousand steps planned.

Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs. – Robin Williams

Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s like 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

At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain. – Frank Tallis

Believe you can and you are halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your ass the result is the same: addiction. – William S. Burroughs

Great acts are made up of small deeds. – Lao Tzu

At every stage, addiction is driven by one of the most powerful, mysterious, and vital forces of human existence. What drives addiction is longing — a longing not just of brain, belly, or loins but finally of the heart. – Cornelius Platinga

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Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. – Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. – Napoléon Bonaparte

The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope. – Russell Brand

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom. – Edgar Allan Poe

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. – Napoleon Bonaparte

You know you’re an alcoholic when you misplace things for like a decade. – Paul Williams

I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster, or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He’s taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of death from being a total surprise. – Chuck Palahniuk

The worst thing you can do for your loved one caught in alcoholism or addiction is to help the person continue in the deception that he or she is OK. Your best course of action is to speak the truth in love (see Eph. 4:15) and don’t allow him or her to escape the consequences of wrong behavior. – Neil T. Anderson

Poverty is about people lacking the tools they need to get on in life. And solving it is about tackling educational failure, antisocial behavior, debt problems and addiction, and of course it’s about work. – Theresa May

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. – John Henry Newman

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Drugs have taught an entire generation of American kids the metric system. – P.J. O’Rourke

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users. – Ralph Nader

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

Don’t let the past steal your present. – Terri Guillemets

Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions, or death. – Russell Brand

In the 1960s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal. – Anonymous

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. – Bertrand Russell

He conquers who endures. – Persius

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

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them. – George Bernard Shaw

top addiction quotes

Addiction doesn’t kill the addict. It kills the family, kids and people who tried to help! – Anonymous

An addict is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong. – Stella Adler

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you. – Aldous Huxley

If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim. – Ann Landers

It’s an addiction… and addiction is something I should know something about. – Keith Richards

There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away. – Sherman Alexie

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. – Michel de Montaigne

Most addicts I have talked to report a similar experience. They did not start using drugs for any reason they can remember. They just drifted along until they got hooked. If you have never been addicted, you can have no clear idea what it means to need junk with the addict’s special need. You don’t decide to be an addict. One morning you wake up sick and you’re an addict. – William S. Burroughs

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. – Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. – Anonymous

All the suffering, stress and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. – Mark Twain

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house. – Jean Cocteau

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. – Zen Proverb

In the summer of 1991, I was on the first Lollapalooza tour. Nightly, I would watch Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell go out in front of a sea of people and within minutes have all of them in the palm of his hand. I have never seen anything like it since. – Henry Rollins

Addiction- When you can give up something any time, as long as it’s next Tuesday. – Nikki Sixx

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones. – Somerset Maugham

Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs. – Robin Williams

There’s a pattern when tours start – a pattern of infighting, of making up, of breaking up, of addiction. There’s a pattern of going to jail. There’s a pattern of passion for music. – Nikki Sixx

Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom. – Sharon Salzberg

Recovery from addiction requires hard work, a proper attitude and learning skills to stay sober, not drinking alcohol or using other drugs. Successful drug recovery or alcohol recovery involves changing attitudes, acquiring knowledge, and developing skills to meet the many challenges of sobriety. – Dennis Daley

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. – Zig Ziglar

I have the obsessiveness of someone who’s a sober, recovering addict displacing his addiction. Except I never had the addiction. – John Mayer

Addiction is a symptom of not growing up. – C. C. DeVille

You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways: if you let it consume you, you come out a cinder; but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be consumed, and comes out a star. – Jean Church

There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it’s the mundane violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism. – bell hooks

You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town. – Anne Lamott

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar

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