Quotes About Addicts

Addiction is a complicated disease.  While society tends to think of addiction in terms of substance abuse, addiction comes in many forms.  Today, many individuals around the world are addiction to fame, social media, pornography, and gaming.

All of these addictions can overtake one’s life leaving a trail of despair and failures.  But every day is a new day!  Although an addiction may consume someone’s life, we should not pass judgment on their life choices.

No one chooses to have an addiction.  Often times, addiction is the result of underlying issues, like self-esteem and past unhealed trauma.  Every day is a struggle for an addict.

To help everyone understand the difficulties addicts face each day, read these quotes about addicts!

“One thing I’ve learned is it’s better to be addicted to things than people. You get hooked on a thing and if someone takes it from you, you can find another source. Only people can really hurt you. Only people can push you out into the cold permanently”
A.M. Riley
“…most Substance-addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking”
David Foster Wallace
“The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain”
Gabor Maté
“There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away”
Sherman Alexie
“The question is frequently asked: Why does a man become a drug addict?  The answer is that he usually does not intend to become an addict. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a drug addict. It takes at least three months’ shooting twice a day to get any habit at all. And you don’t really know what junk sickness is until you have had several habits. It took me almost six months to get my first habit, and then the withdrawal symptoms were mild. I think it no exaggeration to say it takes about a year and several hundred injections to make an addict.
William S. Burroughs
“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”
Brené Brown
“Whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your ass the result is the same: addiction”
William S. Burroughs
“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs”
Robin Williams
quotes about addicts
“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He’s taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of his death from being a total surprise”
Chuck Palahniuk
“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking”
Santosh Kalwa
“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom”
Edgar Allan Poe

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


“Never underestimate a recovering addict. We fight for our lives every day in ways most people will never understand”


“One step at a time. One day at a time. One hour at a time”


“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

C.S. Lewis

“Recovery is not for people who need it. It’s for people who want it”


“We don’t choose to be addicted; what we choose to do is deny our pain”


 “At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of the pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain”

Frank Tallis

“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem”

Kurt Cobain

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“What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood”

Alice Miller

“Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap”

Tess Callahan

“The priority of any addict is to anaesthetize the pain of living to ease the passage of day with some purchased relief.”

Russell Brand

“When you can stop you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t…”

Luke Davies

“Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom”

Margaret Atwood

“Consumption can be a remedy against boredom and may convey a sense of fictitious power and supremacy, by standing out from the crowd through the extravagance of the expenditure. As it becomes an addiction, however, it might be cured, if the right medication is administered: humbleness and mindful discovery of the others”

Erik Pevernagie

“Passion creates, addiction consumes”

Gabor Maté

“You’ve recognized a fundamental feature of an addict’s life. Maintaining your habit is so important you’ve no real interest in anything else”

Marian Keyes

This is how we bring about our own damnation, you know-by ignoring the voice that begs us to stop. To stop while there’s still time”

Stephen King

“People can become addicted to fame, money, and attention as deeply as they become addicted to drugs”

Dennis Prager

“Imagine trying to live without air.
Now imagine something worse”

Amy Reed

“Even when I took the drugs I realized that this just wasn’t fun anymore. The drugs had become a part of my routine. Something to wake me up. Something to help me sleep. Something to calm my nerves. There was a time when I was able to wake up, go to sleep, and have fun without a pill or a line to help me function. These days it felt like I might have a nervous breakdown if I didn’t have them”

Cherie Currie

“I am a fan of overdoing something, but not running it into the ground. They are complete opposites with only a fine line separating them”

Criss Jami

“A lot of people who find out about the things I do immediately figure I’m just a pathetic “druggie” with nothing to say that is worth hearing. They talk endless bull shit of “recovery!” They make it sound like some amazing discovery…don’t they know I’m far too busy trying to recover me?”

Ashly Lorenzana

“We love the things that destroy us, because in that destruction we truly feel alive”

Robert Pobi

“One who will not accept solitude, stillness and quiet recurring moments…is caught up in the wilderness of addictions; far removed from an original state of being and awareness. This is ‘dis-ease.”

T.F. Hodge

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“Hey, I stopped smoking cigarettes. Isn’t that something? I’m on to cigars now. I’m on to a five-year plan. I eliminated cigarettes, then I go to cigars, then I go to pipes, then I go to chewing tobacco, then I’m on to that nicotine gum”

John Candy

“Managing your terror all by yourself gives rise to another set of problems: dissociation, despair, addictions, a chronic sense of panic, and relationships that are marked by alienation, disconnections, and explosions. Patients with these histories rarely make the connection between what has happened to them a long time ago and how they currently feel and behave. Everything just seems unmanageable”

Bessel A. van der Kolk

“We cannot incarcerate ourselves out of addiction. Addiction is a medical crisis that—when it comes to nonviolent offenders—warrants medical interventions, not incarceration. Decades later, data unequivocally illustrates that this war has been a massive failure. It has not only failed to reduce violent crime, but arrest rates—throughout its tenure—have continuously ascended even when crime rates have descended”

Dominique DuBois Gilliard

“Someone who is trying to be sober is often trying to work out deeper emotional issues and is attempting to undo years of habitual behavior. When you reduce recovery to just abstinence, it simplifies what is really a much more complex issue”
Sasha Bronner
“Just because something is familiar, doesn’t mean it’s safe. And just because something feels safe, doesn’t mean it’s good for you”
Brittany Burgunder
“Addiction is just a little hiding place where sensitive people can go so we don’t have to be touched by love or pain”
Glennon Doyle Melton
“The battle for self-control over an intense undesired habit consists of an endless series of skirmishes, in which our urges and our better angels clash several times each day”
Matthew D. Lieberman
“Your addiction has a voice. A voice that constantly tells you to keep on feeding them”
Neeraj Agnihotri
“It will take centuries to disconnect people from an addiction like religion; no matter how bad and disastrous it could be, but addiction is the worst of all”
M.F. Moonzajer
“Addiction is a thief that steals the stuff that really matters: happiness, peace, love, contentment, opportunity, memories. Relationship and everything of value. You have the power to reclaim it all”
Toni Sorenson
“We learn that the program won’t work when we try to adapt it to our life. We must learn to adapt our life to the program”
Narcotics Anonymous
“Life is the slow change from who we used to be into who we are now”
Rian Mileti
“I never woke up one day and said, “Hey I want to lead a tragic life.” My journey with mental health challenges and addiction have led me to lose everything in my life more than a couple of times — my jobs, my housing, my books and files, and my self-respect”
Wayne Mellinger
“Drugs cry for those who cannot weep, and mourn for those who cannot grieve”
Michael C. Haymes
“We get addicted, not to the substance, but to the effect”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Pride can mask a deep self-loathing, and it is this aspect of pride that is sometimes evident at Twelve Step meetings as people tell their
stories. The idea is that if we cannot excel at excellence, we will excel at depravity. What the addict fears most is being ordinary”
Rami Shapiro
“Clinicians must go even deeper when working with individuals dealing with addiction, and that focus needs to be on unresolved childhood pain points. By focusing on behavior modification to deal with addiction, too many counselors are neglecting to ensure we are not cleansing only a client’s damaging behavior but also his soul”
Eddie Capparucci, Ph.D., LPC
“Let’s face it — life with an addict is hard. No matter what the outward addiction is, the underlying dynamic of an addict’s life is one of chaos”
Candace Plattor
“Every individual has to decide for herself how fucked up she needs to get in order to manage the demands of a life. How fucked up she is willing to get, and what of that chaos she will allow the world to see”
Nina Renata Aron
“That’s the thing with drugs first, you control them, and then they control you…”
Jeffrey Calhoun
“Everyone has an addiction they are suffering from.  The problem some don’t see their addiction is bad, until is too late. Some end up thinking their addiction is their lifestyle or who they are. You can’t break from addiction alone. You need help from others. Choose to reach out, before is too late”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Works Cited

50 Best Drug Addiction Quotes and Sayings of All Time – Master Center for Addiction Medicine

Addiction Quotes (1322 quotes) (goodreads.com)


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