Finding a way to recovery seems impossible amid active alcoholism but many people suffering from the disease usually come to a point where it’s poisoning every aspect of their lives, and this often includes their health. Their personal lives are in despair, their career is likely affected, and the ability to function slowly declines. For an alcoholic that has reached their breaking point, hope is the key factor in making the choice to get help. Both the desire to have a better life and the belief that they can break free from the chains of alcoholism are essential if they are to accept the help available. Hope comes from many sources. While it comes from within, it also comes from inspiration and from the knowledge that in one’s suffering, they are not alone. The five following quotes contain excellent inspiration to encourage recovery from alcoholism.
Five Quotes to Inspire Recovery From Alcoholism
•“Not feeling is no replacement for reality. Your problems today are still your problems tomorrow.” – Larry Michael Dredla
There’s not a single alcoholic that doesn’t realize how true this is. Alcoholics know they are self-medicating, yet don’t know how to stop for fear of the withdrawals along with the mental and emotional stress involved. Problems usually get worse by the day, leaving more to face after the inebriation wears off and there is more anguish to drink away once again. The alcohol that once provided sweet relief turns on the alcoholic and not only does it stop working, it slowly kills them physically, mentally, and spiritually. Recovery provides a foundation and a way to learn how to walk through life’s problems, big and small, that normally cause an alcoholic to drink. After a while, the stressors in life become bearable and an alcoholic can learn to live comfortably without alcohol.
•“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
What a beautiful quote about fear! Fear is such a common element among those living with the disease of alcoholism. It is perhaps one of the main reasons an alcoholic started drinking in the first place- to relieve fear. And, fear is also what keeps an alcoholic drunk. Facing these fears square in the face is so crucial to take that leap to seeking and getting help because it requires a lot of courage to do just that. Staying sober also requires walking through those fears, one at a time, standing firm and realizing that the fears will not kill you, but the alcohol will! The beautiful thing about sobriety is that those fears seem to dissipate with time.
•“Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.” – Carl Bard
This provides a fresh perspective on second chances. So often the past of an alcoholic can be a source of pain and frustration. Over time, people suffering from alcoholism may feel bound by their past mistakes and this guilt-driven state of mind is very unhealthy. It can lead to relapse or the refusal to get help. The past seems very binding at times, but when faced with the possibility of changing the rest of the story, including the ending, it can create a sense of hope to face what’s ahead and what can be done to make the rest of the journey purposeful.
•“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” — Unknown
While in treatment, alcoholics will find fellowship with other alcoholics and addicts. They will bond, share experiences, and know they are not alone. In recovery, they will also meet and hear from those with longer-term sobriety that can give them hope. These recovering alcoholics will share their story with people new in recovery and help them understand the process of early sobriety. Most important, they provide assurance that it gets better and carry the message that if they can do it, anyone can!
•”The goal isn’t to be sober – the goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.” – Unknown
This is such an accurate statement about recovery and it intelligibly articulates the real purpose of recovery. So often the external influences lead an alcoholic to seek treatment because the grievances and destruction become too much to handle. Of course, they wish to find peace within but usually, the main motive is to find a resolution to all the problems. However, something magical happens when a person with alcoholism stays sober long enough to truly heal; their sense of self-worth increases, they find that they don’t want to harm themselves or others, and they can experience more pleasure sober than they did drunk. The rewards of sobriety are so great, it keeps many in recovery from having any desire to drink because they simply don’t have the urge.
Seeking help is a process and getting into treatment is a big step forward. It is not an easy decision and while many alcoholics do feel bound to certain responsibilities, it is important that those closest to them relieve the burden as much as possible in order to remove any distractions that will prevent them from entering treatment. When you or your loved one is ready to get help, it is important to commit to getting the most out of treatment so that it can be effective. There are many people getting help every day and many lives being saved. Recovering alcoholics move forward to do amazing things, including inspiring those who are trying to find a way to make it in recovery just like they once did.
If you are convinced that fear does not have to hold you down, that you are worthy of a better life, and if you are ready to get personalized treatment in a supportive environment, our professionals are ready to help! Please call 888-380-0342 to speak to one of our qualified and caring counselors. We are available 24 hours a day.