Whether it’s you or a loved one in rehab for alcohol or drug addiction, a positive outlook is one of the keys to success. When someone believes they can do something, they are much more likely to achieve it. And when the person’s energy is being funneled into thinking positive thoughts, such as “I can do this” or “I am worth it,” they will start to believe those words.
Of course, not every day is a good one — recovery is difficult. Supporting someone in recovery is equally as difficult. Every now and then, we need a little pick-me-up to help remind us why we’re doing this and what we hope to achieve.
Positive words and affirmations can help someone in recovery focus on those goals. Here are five encouraging quotes for drug addicts and family members that can inspire you during the recovery process.
1. “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” — Oscar Wilde
When someone needs to remind themselves of their true worth, this quote is the one to read. It’s essentially saying that no one is perfect. Sometimes during recovery, those struggling with addiction doubt themselves. Even when you may feel worthless and weak, this quote is a reminder that everyone has done things they regret, but it’s possible to move past those regrets into a bright future.
2. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
When someone first enters rehab, it’s tempting to focus on the past even though the focus should be on what’s ahead — not what has been left behind. It offers hope for what can be, a promise of good things to come from the hard work being done at rehab.
3. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rehab is a series of steps. It’s difficult to see the entire staircase when you’re just starting out, but when you reach the top, you can look back and see how far you came.
4. “Holding anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” — Gautam Buddha
It can be hard to be supportive of someone in recovery. They may have had unpleasant interactions with others while they were abusing alcohol or drugs, but holding on to anger over those events won’t help anyone — and it won’t help you. It’s best to be positive and forgive your loved one over time.
5. “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — Napoleon Hill
It takes time for you or your loved one to find footing on the path to recovery. Remember that every day you’ll discover new tools in your quest for sobriety and ultimate happiness.
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