30 Quotes for National Recovery Month


It’s officially September, which means it is National Recovery Month. This month is about raising awareness and understanding more about substance abuse and mental health.

Co-occurring substance use and mental disorders are common.

Drugs and alcohol affect thinking and cognition which is why it is important to pay attention to warning signs of addiction, and get help early on.

People with an addiction can feel shame or guilt which can be a great obstacle for their recovery.

  • Alcohol is the most frequently used and misused substance in the United States
  • Over 50% of people who misuse prescription drugs claim to have been given, bought from, or took from a friend or relative
  • A study conducted in 2017 showed young adults had increasing rates of serious mental illness, major depression, and suicidality
  • In 2018, 57.8M Americans had a mental and/or substance use disorder.
  • Of those with a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder, over 90% did NOT seek treatment
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“The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.”

“I understood myself only after I destroyed myself, and only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.”

“Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.”

“Recovery is hard, regret is harder.”

“If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.”

“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world. But to hold it together when everyone would expect it to fall apart, now that is true strength.”

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”


“If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”

“That which does not kill is, makes us stronger.”


“Just when a caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

“Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new beginning.”

“It’s never too late to be what might have been.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”

“The most common way for people to give up their power is to think that they don’t have any.”

“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.”

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

“It is not easy to find happiness within ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”

“The best way out is always through.”

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

“Sometimes we motivate ourselves.”

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”

“Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we don’t ever want to be again.”

“Don’t let your past steal your present.”

“The days you are the most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

“The only journey is the one within.”

“Be stronger than your strongest excuse.”


“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”

“One day at a time.”

“Put your recovery first so everything else doesn’t have to come last.”

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