SouthLight’s Top 10 Substance Use Recovery Quotes of 2022


This past year, we shared some powerful quotes from our counselors, providers, and peers who support others in recovery. Here is a list of our Top 10 favorite quotes from 2021. We hope this inspires you and that you’ll share it with others on their addiction recovery journey. 

“Recovery is a personal journey. It’s never too late to take charge of your life.”

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“Addiction recovery is an everyday battle that requires courage, determination, confidence, self-compassion, and a strong will to keep pushing forward in spite of adversity.”

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“You’ve got to want to get there. If you really want to change your life, it can be changed.”

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“Recovery is about moving towards a place of stability and flexibility and independence. Moving yourself towards a place where you are building a life that is meaningful to you and fulfilling.”


“Staying sober takes vigilance and humility, but it also takes incredible strength.”


“It is important to understand that opioid use disorders are not a personal failing or a choice. Opiates are highly addictive, and regular use results in changes to a person’s brain chemistry that makes it very difficult to stop using opiates without help.”


“Recovery is a process. It has no end, just the promise of getting better and better.”


“Now is the time for Wake County to invest in evidence-based addiction treatment to serve more people, many of whom are the most vulnerable among us.”


“The silence that comes from not sharing is toxic and often leads to a pressure building that reinforces the struggle.”


“Recovery means to change your lifestyle; change person, people and places. All of that helps an individual to rebuild their entire life.”