42 Inspirational Sobriety Quotes to Encourage Recovery

Sometimes browsing inspirational sobriety quotes helps me re-center my focus. As well as give me strength with my recovery. So I created this list with the sincere hopes of helping others find peace.

The thing is, if I don’t have sobriety, I don’t have anything.

Matthew Perry

Without my sobriety, I found myself homeless and near death. I’d become a liar and a thief. Who hurt the people who loved me. Getting sober transformed me. Where would you be without your sobriety? Keep going. You’ve got this.

This post contains affiliate links.

Short Inspirational Sobriety Quotes

Sometimes I write short inspirational sobriety quotes on notecards. So that I can hang them around the house to encourage me. Here are a handful of my favorites.

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


You become what you believe.


It does not matter how slowly you go, only that you do not stop.


Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

Zig Zagler

Don’t count the days. Make the days count.

Muhammad Ali

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Babe Ruth

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

These next two quotes are exactly what you need to believe in who you are. You have the power. You’re in control. You’re in charge of writing your own story.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!

Audrey Hepburn

Addiction Inspirational Sobriety Quotes

These addiction recovery quotes help you feel like you’re not alone. And you’re not, you know? There is strength in community and fellowship. Have you found your sober network yet?

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

One of my favorite inspirational sobriety quotes is this quote from an unknown author.


Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside.


Additions started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn’t seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life decisions. And they were less intelligent than goldfish.

William Gibson

Alcohol Recovery Quotes

These next few quotes make me smile. The truth in them is encouraging to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Even when it gets hard, recovery is easier than addiction.

I’ve never met an alcoholic in recovery who doesn’t believe that this is the best thing they have ever done.

Adam Clayton

I wanted a drink because I didn’t want to feel what I was feeling, and a voice within was telling me that I needed a drink. That I couldn’t bear it without it. But that voice is a liar. You can always bear the pain. It’ll hurt. It’ll burn like acid in an open wound. But you can stand it. And, as long as you can make yourself go on choosing the pain over the relief, you can keep going.

Lawrence Block

Ya think that the whiskey tastes good? Try a big cup of sobriety—now that is the good stuff!

Steven Tyler

I don’t need alcohol to see the world in its depths, I carry the sun in me.

Lamine Pearlheart

Staying Sober Quotes

Robert Downey Jr. is one of my favorite actors in recovery. He is amazing in everything he says and does. Here is an inspirational sobriety quote about making the decision to get sober that resonates with me. Do you agree?

For me, I just happened to be in a situation the very last time and I said, You know what? I don’t think I can continue doing this. And I reached out for help, and I ran with it. You know? It’s really not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems. What’s hard is to decide.

Robert Downey Jr.

Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.

Brittany Burgunder

These next three quotes are great reminders that relapse is part of recovery. And to never stop going.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Margaret Thatcher

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

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

Chinese Proverb

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

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

People still question my sobriety, my commitment to the program, and that hurts. I take things day by day, and sometimes I take them minute by minute, but I honor my commitment to stay sober.

Tom Arnold

Related: 31 Fantastic Journaling Prompts for Recovery from Addiction

Sobriety Quotes

These inspirational quotes about getting sober are short, sweet, and absolutely accurate.

Getting sober is a radically creative act.

Meredith Bell

Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been.

Jamie Lee Curtis

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

Demi Lovato

Also, these next three quotes are incredible reminders to remain in the present. As well as allow our past to motivate us to move forward.

Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

Helen Killer

Don’t let the past steal your present.

Terri Guillemets

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

Shane Niemeyer

Best Recovery Quotes About Sobriety

Here is a collection of short inspirational quotes about addiction recovery. Write them on some index cards and hang them to encourage your growth.

Recovery is about progression not perfection.


Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out!


Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles, and you have to change.

Jamie Lee Curtis

One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.

Demi Lovato

You have to break down before you can breakthrough.

Marilyn Ferguson

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


Inspirational Quotes Celebrating Sobriety

Lastly, these sobriety quotes have been helpful in staying focused on one day at a time.

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford

Don’t pick up a drink or drug. One day at a time. It sounds so simple. It actually is simple. But it isn’t easy. It requires incredible support and fastidious structuring

Russell Brand

I approach sobriety with the same mentality I approached sports with. You’re going to put in the time. You’ve got to suit up, show up, and keep your eyes on the win.

Molly Bloom

Somebody once asked me how I define sobriety, and my response was liberation from dependence.

Leslie Jamison

When your past calls, don’t answer. It has nothing new to say.


My identity shifted when I got into recovery. That’s who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else. Because it keeps me in a manageable size. It gives me a spiritual anchor.

Eric Clapton

Being in recovery has given me everything of value that I have in my life. Integrity, honesty, fearlessness, faith, a relationship with God, and most of all, gratitude.

Rob Lowe

Embracing sobriety is a wonderful gift. I’ve been sober (again) since 04-21-2021 and heroin-free since 09-27-2013. What is your sobriety anniversary? Please share it with me in the comments. It will make my entire day! Thanks. Also, please hit that social share for me. You’re awesome.

Popular Reading:

50 Fantastically Realistic Things to do Instead of Drugs

Ultimate Guide of Fabulous Sober T-Shirts to Rock Recovery

8 Steps for Effectively Managing Triggers in Recovery

Elizabeth Ervin

Elizabeth Ervin is studying to become a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She overcame heroin addiction and is passionate about helping others with recovery. She writes regularly about addiction, recovery, and mental health at

Spread the Love

Similar Posts


  1. I really love these. Growing up, I used to go with my grandmother to her AA meetings, so I know it’s a huge challenge to stay sober.

  2. All of these are such a great way to help stay focused on taking each step one at a time. It’s so important to have that when you’re trying to stay sober.

    1. Absolutely! Thank you for reading these inspirational sobriety quotes to encourage recovery.

    1. My pleasure. Thank you for finding inspiration in these sobriety quotes to encourage recovery!

  3. I love this quote – “One step at a time. One day at a time. One hour at a time.” That should be my daily mantra for life. If I want to see positive changes in my life, I should stand by this quote.

  4. These are great quotes to stay motivated! I personally like this, One step at a time. One day at a time. One hour at a time.

  5. Some very powerful quotes! I would say they suit many different types of situations as well, not just related to sobriety.

    1. Absolutely. These inspirational sobriety quotes are wonderful encouragement for people outside of recovery too.

  6. I really believe in this line: It does not matter how slowly you go, only that you do not stop. In life, we have different learning curves and pathways. It’s up to us on how we will navigate our journey.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.