From everyday people to super stars, addiction wreaks havoc in lives. The following celebrities have endured their own battles with substance abuse and addiction, but their journey to recovery was strewn with learning moments that enhanced their eventual well-being. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, the following recovery quotes are filled with wisdom and insight that might provide some inspiration for your own recovery journey.
“Life is very interesting…in the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”
“I’ve gotten away with a lot in my life. The older you get the more you realize you’re not getting away with it, it’s taking its toll somewhere. So you try not to put yourself in those situations. Part of the mysterious process called growing up. Some people do that better than others.”
“I had lost relationships with my dad, my brother and sister and I was just like, you know what, this is definitely the time to just get it together and so that’s what I did.”
“I have other obligations now–the show, my family, my life…though I know that without my sobriety, I wouldn’t have any of those things.”
“That was really a shameful, horrible moment. It had nothing to do with work. I’ve done enough therapy and enough work on myself. Addiction is not caused by stress on the job…it’s not about the work. It has more to do with your childhood and lots of other things. You’re always in recovery.”
“If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life…I don’t drink or do drugs anymore. Being sober helps a great deal.”
“I’m very, very good at manipulating people and that was something that I did in my disease, I would manipulate everyone around me. There were times I would just continue to lie, so that everything looked OK on the outside.”
Robert Downey Jr.
“I don’t drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.”
“I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn’t survive certain things.”
“I change when I’m drunk. I’m one of those people who changes…There is something in any person who drinks in a way that’s clearly not good for them, something that is attracted to that chaos.”
If you are battling an addiction, you should remember that you aren’t alone. Addiction affects people from all walks of life and with the same devastating consequences. Recognizing that you are, indeed, fighting a battle is the first step toward recovery, but that journey to sobriety doesn’t truly begin until you seek professional help for your substance abuse problem. With sound medical assistance and counseling, you can end your cycle of substance abuse and get your life back on track. These celebs have battled their addictions successfully and you can too. If you find this collection of celebrity recovery quotes inspirational, please share with someone who might need them.