43+ Best Addiction Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational addiction quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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