Top 15 Quotes About Sobriety and Recovery

People experiencing alcoholism or drug addiction often fail to recognize the benefits of sobriety. Committing to a better life without alcohol or other drugs is difficult, but many people find inspiration from others who have become sober.

Gain insight into the benefits and challenges of recovery through these 15 quotes about sobriety:

  1. “I wouldn’t have been able to have access to myself or other people, or even been able to take in other people, if I hadn’t changed my life.”

    — Bradley Cooper, actor

  2. “I can’t think of one thing that drinking has done that’s been good for me or my family.”

    — Brett Favre, professional American football quarterback

  3. “When I got sober and was able to become a father and have a family, that was when some of the greatest lessons came.”

    — Nikki Sixx, musician

  4. “Sometimes you can only find heaven by slowly backing away from hell.”

    — Carrie Fisher, actress

  5. “The thing is, if I don’t have sobriety, I don’t have anything.”

    — Matthew Perry, actor

  6. “Sometimes you have to clear out the junk. And then you realize what’s most important.”

    — Billy Ray Cyrus, musician

  7. “No personal calamity is so crushing that something true and great can’t be made of it.”

    — Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

  8. “Being in recovery has given me everything of value that I have in my life. Integrity, honesty, fearlessness, faith, a relationship with God, and most of all, gratitude.”

    — Rob Lowe, actor

  9. “It is 10 years since I used drugs or drank alcohol, and my life has improved immeasurably. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships and generally a bright outlook. The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational.”

    — Russell Brand, actor

  10. “My being sober is without question the single greatest accomplishment of my life. I lost a brother at 21 to a heroin overdose, and both of my parents struggled with alcoholism and addiction their whole lives. I take sobriety very seriously.”

    — Jamie Lee Curtis, actress

  11. “My main focus in sobriety has been to replace fear with faith or love.”

    — Steve-O, actor and comedian

  12. “It wasn’t until I met the right people and started going to meetings — that’s when it really stuck for me. After that, I didn’t want to go back.”

    — Andrew Reynolds, professional skateboarder

  13. “It’s been one of the greatest challenges that ever came along in my life. It was one of the more difficult things to do.”

    — Buzz Aldrin, astronaut

  14. “For all those years I lived the life of somebody I didn’t know. A cartoon character. For now on, Mickey Mantle is going to be a real person.”

    — Mickey Mantle, professional baseball player

  15. “I think once I made up my mind that I was allergic to alcohol, and that’s what I learned, it made sense to me. And I think it was kind of pointed out that you know if you were allergic to strawberries, you wouldn’t eat strawberries. And that made sense to me.”

    — Betty Ford, U.S. first lady and co-founder of the Betty Ford Center

As these quotes illustrate, recovery from addiction is possible with hard work, faith and motivation. When you get sober, you’ll understand how substances of abuse prevented you from truly enjoying life. You’ll be able to live up to your full potential.

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