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20 Best Quotes of Sobriety

Posted by Mike Delaney
on 23 Apr 2021

During recovery from addiction, there are often times when we need a boost to start our day or give us motivation to keep on going. During these times, we may turn to spiritual practices or sobriety quotes for some inspiration.

Love them or hate them inspirational quotes have been around for many, many years. Some are so profound and insightful that they are still referred to often today.

Here, Delamere list the best top 20 sobriety quotes of all time, as we see them. 

We know from personal and professional experience that recovery is not always easy. Sobriety quotes can be a helpful part of our daily toolbox that we reach into to help aid and motivate us during times of personal conflict or challenge. They can also be used to express ourselves or to reach out and help and encourage others.

Do sobriety quotes actually help addiction recovery?

Staying sober on a daily basis, we experience our full range of emotions. Naturally, there will be times of worry, hardship, boredom, anger and sadness to add to the mix of joy, contentment, freedom and gratitude.  

Sobriety is a very beautiful thing and a miracle to be celebrated, yet there will undoubtedly be times when we do not feel this is the case and need a little encouragement or nudge in the right direction.

Motivational sobriety quotes and inspirational recovery quotes can help to direct our thinking to a more useful and purposeful one, they can also help to guide an already positive outlook.

If you are looking for the best quotes of sobriety to enhance your daily recovery, you need look no further than here.

20. ‘Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life’ – JK Rowlings

19. ‘Sobriety was the best gift I ever gave myself ‘ – Rob Lowe

18. ‘Everyone wants happiness. No one wants pain. But you cant have a rainbow without a little rain’

17. ‘My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not have to come last’

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16. ‘The mentality and behaviour 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’ – Russel Brand

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15. ‘Live less out of habit and more out of intent.’

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14. ‘Addiction vs. Recovery…

Its all about me and what I want vs ‘How can I be of help to others’

Lying, Cheating and manipulating to get what I want vs Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness allow me to get what I need.

“I can take care of myself!” vs “ There is something bigger than me.”

Rationalise, justify and minimise when I’m wrong vs Owning my part, admitting my faults and trying to grown from them

Projecting a false image of myself vs I am no better and no less than anyone else

Hide and deny my fears so as not to appear weak vs Acknowledging my fears and limitations and asking for help’

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13. ‘I chose sober because I wanted a better life. I stay sober because I got one’

12. ‘The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long’

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11. ‘I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it’

10. ‘When I focus on whats good today, I have a good day. When I focus on whats bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on the problem, the problem increases. If I focus on the answer, the answer increases.’ –  Big book of Alcoholics Anonymous quote

9. ‘You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day’

8. ‘There is no shame in beginning again, for you get a chance to build bigger and better than before.’

7. ‘F-E-A-R has two meanings: “Forget Everything And Run” or “Face Everything And Rise.”  The choice is yours. ‘ – Zig Ziglar

6. ‘Sometimes when in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, when actually you’ve been planted.’ – Christine Caine

5. ‘If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten’ –  Tony Robbins


4. ‘One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went though and it will be someone else’s survival guide.’ – Brene Brown

3. ‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step’ – Martin Luther King

2. ‘One day at a time – The idea of giving up alcohol or drugs for the rest of your life is overwhelming. The good news is that you do not have to do this. You can approach recovery one day at a time. You do not have to worry about what is going to happen tomorrow or next week. You just have to get up each morning and commit to staying sober for the rest of the day – you do nto need to commit to anything more than that. By sticking to one day at a time, the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into years’ 

1. ‘Addiction isn’t about alcohol and drugs. Its the absence of self. This absence is described as a hole in your soul. You cant love others when you’re empty inside. Recovery peels back the painful layers and heals that hole through connect, honest and hard work. To love one self is the beginning of a lifetime of recovery’

Staying motivated in sobriety

Sobriety quotes can compliment a persons sobriety but they are not enough on their own to keep a person sober, or indeed to help them to get sober from alcohol.

As Russel Brand quite aptly puts it, structured support is required for a person suffering from addiction to get well. This support may come in the form of attending recovery groups such as Smart Recovery or mutual aid support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Some people cannot stop drinking without professional help and intervention. Even if they could, it would not necessarily be safe for them to do so.

Alcohol is a very dangerous substance to stop where an alcohol dependence has formed. Attempting to stop an alcohol dependence yourself without professional medical help, can result in life threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

If you or a loved one need inpatient treatment for an alcohol problem please call us here at Delamere. Our addiction treatment colleagues are passionate about helping those suffering from addiction to make a full and lasting recovery.

Delamere is the UK’s only purpose built addiction treatment and behavioural wellness facility. We specialise in the medical detoxification and bespoke rehabilitation from all manner of addictive substances, including alcohol and drugs. Each of our treatment programmes and detoxes are intricately tailored to each of our guests specific treatment needs and conducted within luxurious surroundings.

Contact us today for a free and confidential assessment of your private treatment needs and immediate professional help and advice.

About the author: Mike Delaney

Mike crafted our innovative and person centred approach to addiction treatment. Mike’s experience in the addiction treatment sector encompasses his work as a nurse, psychotherapist and Chief Executive.

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