Quotes About Addiction

Here is a collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous quotes about addiction.


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


“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.


“Reality is just a crutch for people who can't handle drugs,” Robin Williams.


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


“Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it hundreds of times,” Mark Twain.


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


“Addiction begins with the hope that something "out there" can instantly fill up the emptiness inside,” Jean Kilbourne.


“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.


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


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction,” 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.


“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.


“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.


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


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


“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.


“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.


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