The disease of addiction does not discriminate – substance dependency is blind to gender, age, social status, and race. It does not avoid successful businessmen nor favor the less fortunate. In fact, many of the great minds we as a society admire have been afflicted themselves. But there is life after addiction, and some wise words can offer perspective about experiences in the world of substance abuse. Here is a list of quotes about addiction as well as brief recounts of the personal grapples of the famous people who spoke them.
Mark Twain Candid About His Substance Abuse Struggles
“Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times.” – Mark Twain
While Mark Twain’s less favorable habits predominantly revolved around smoking in absolute excess, he also was widely known as a steady moderate drinker. While he may not have been an alcoholic by most definitions, he preached much about the negative effects of his unrestrained and somewhat abundant lifestyle.
Twain has come up with many quotes to live by over the years and several more of his more memorable words appear below.
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who fully lives is prepared to die at any time.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Carl Jung Explored Addiction Disorders
Carl Jung was a Swiss psychotherapist who played a major role in founding analytical psychiatry. While he himself was not known to have suffered from addiction, he played a major role in early exploration of addiction as a psychological disorder.
“You are what you’ll do, not what you say you’ll do.” – Carl Jung
“Every type of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” – Carl Jung
Here are several other addiction recovery-related quotes that may also be of interest.
“We may think there is willpower involved,
but more likely… change is due to want power.
Wanting the new addiction more than the old one.
Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.” – George Sheehan
“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, classes, races, and professions.” – Patrick J. Kennedy
“I wanted to write about the moment
when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you.
When your whole life breaks down.
That’s the moment when you have to somehow choose
what your life is going to be about.” – Chuck Palahniuk
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