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Alcohol and Mental Health

Recovery Quotes: Words To Inspire Your Journey

October 29, 2023
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There's something wonderfully uplifting about drawing inspiration from quotes as we continue on the path of recovery. A good quote can give us a jolt of courage when we're feeling down or motivate us to keep pushing forward. And there’s actual science behind the effectiveness of recovery quotes! We’ve got the science and some words of wisdom for when the going gets tough.

The Science Behind Inspirational Quotes

Recent research reveals that motivational quotes can do more than just make us feel good. They stimulate parts of our brain associated with self-awareness and positive, forward-thinking behavior. One study from Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that reading uplifting words and quotes could activate the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex, an area linked to emotions and behavior regulation.

Reading recovery quotes and addiction quotes often ignites a spark in us because they’re filled with wisdom from people who’ve walked our path. They remind us of our strength, refresh our resilience, and promise a healthier future. These encouraging words can shift our focus from the struggle to the recovery process, giving us that much-needed nudge to stay on track and change our relationship with alcohol.

Quotes for the Journey

There's a bounty of recovery and sobriety quotes out there, each with its own inspirational flavor. All the motivational quotes below provide a different perspective on the journey of recovery, reflecting the myriad of experiences that people go through. Whether you resonate with one quote or several, they can serve as a beacon of hope and strength as you navigate your personal journey.

Wise Words About Habits

  1. “The difference between passion and addiction is that between a divine spark and a flame that incinerates.” Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

    Destructive and creative habits are two sides of the same coin. This is actually wonderful news: we can learn to channel the energy we’re giving our unwanted habits into ones that move us in a creative direction.
  2. “We cling to compulsions as if to a lifeline, for it is only by engaging in compulsions that we can drain enough of our anxiety to function.”Sharon Begley, Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions

    There’s an inherent paradox in compulsive behaviors. Just like putting in all of our effort into pushing on a door while ignoring the sign that says “pull,” engaging in destructive habits only drains our energy while never providing the relief we could get if we simply’ stood back and looked at the situation from a new perspective.
  3. “The trick to overcoming addiction is thus the realignment of desire, so that it switches from the goal of immediate relief to the goal of long-term fulfillment.” Marc Lewis, The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease

    Another way to get into a “healing mode” is to step back and consider the situation in a larger context. Destructive habits lie to us by promising something they can never actually deliver. Often, the driving force behind an unwanted behavior is simply the fact that it became “programmed” into the brain through repetition. 
  4. “My drinking — and whatever it is you do to feel better — was born of a natural impulse to soothe, to connect, to feel love. And although alcohol hadn’t actually delivered those things, it was absolutely yoked to them in my mind. In my heart and body, too. It was just what I knew.”Laura McKowen, We Are the Luckiest

    Our desire to feel good is natural and healthy. Destructive habits, however, hijack our human need to find meaning and happiness — without ever helping us obtain them.

Quotes About Struggle and Transformation

  1. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Nelson Mandela

    We can learn to reframe the way we react to a situation by seeing each “failure” as a step toward success. Once we are on a healing journey, there’s no going back to square one — we are moving forward no matter what obstacles might get in the way.
  2. "Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery." Mahatma Gandhi  Don’t be discouraged by difficulties that might come up on your journey — they’re all part of the process.
  3. "Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."J.K. Rowling Try to see low points in your life as a springboard for change. Some call this “the gift of desperation” — when life gives you a wake-up call you can no longer ignore, it can serve as the beginning of something much more fulfilling.
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Turning Quotes Into Action

Quitting or cutting back on alcohol is no easy feat. It can be a roller coaster of emotions, cravings, and uncertainties. Inspirational quotes, as shown by research, can play a key role in such a scenario.

Reading recovery quotes can be uplifting and empowering. However, the real impact happens when we incorporate these words of wisdom into our daily life.

Turn your favorite quotes into personal mantras. This practice allows the quote to seep into your subconscious mind, influencing your thoughts, behavior, and overall attitude towards recovery. 

Here are some ways to make this part of your routine:

  • Write your chosen recovery quotes on sticky notes and put them in places you frequently see (e.g., bathroom mirror, car dashboard, computer screen).
  • Use the recovery quotes as a screen saver or wallpaper for your phone or computer.
  • Incorporate the recovery quotes into a morning or evening meditation.

Get Inspired and Set Out on Your Own Journey With Reframe!

Although it isn’t a treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD), the Reframe app can help you cut back on drinking gradually, with the science-backed knowledge to empower you 100% of the way. Our proven program has helped millions of people around the world drink less and live more. And we want to help you get there, too!

The Reframe app equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to not only survive drinking less, but to thrive while you navigate the journey. Our daily research-backed readings teach you the neuroscience of alcohol, and our in-app Toolkit provides the resources and activities you need to navigate each challenge.

You’ll meet millions of fellow Reframers in our 24/7 Forum chat and daily Zoom check-in meetings. Receive encouragement from people worldwide who know exactly what you’re going through! You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with our licensed Reframe coaches for more personalized guidance.

Plus, we’re always introducing new features to optimize your in-app experience. We recently launched our in-app chatbot, Melody, powered by the world’s most powerful AI technology. Melody is here to help as you adjust to a life with less (or no) alcohol. 

And that’s not all! Every month, we launch fun challenges, like Dry/Damp January, Mental Health May, and Outdoorsy June. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to participate alongside fellow Reframers (or solo if that’s more your thing!).

The Reframe app is free for 7 days, so you don’t have anything to lose by trying it. Are you ready to feel empowered and discover life beyond alcohol? Then download our app through the App Store or Google Play today! 

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