I have a fascination with addiction recovery sayings or catch phrases. You know the ones, you see them from time to time plastered on the back bumper of someone’s vehicle. Easy Does It…or something to that effect. But have you ever wondered why there are literally hundreds of these addiction recovery sayings? I have. I’ve come up with my own answer, see if you agree.
I’ll start off by explaining that some things have no definition. For example, try to give someone the definition of spirituality or of love…I’ll wait. Ok, so we agree that although we have an idea about what these words mean, there is no concrete definition that you can give.
Although you can’t give someone the definition of these words or the definition of addiction recovery for that matter, you can convey to them the meaning by telling a story or uttering a saying. It is these sayings that give us an understanding of what these things actually mean.
I’m going to list some of the most common and the wisest addiction recovery sayings. When you read them you will see that you automatically get a sense of what is trying to be explained although to give that sense any type of description is difficult.
- Alcohol gave me the wings to fly, then it took away the sky
- Be aware that tomorrow’s resentments are fed by today’s expectations
- You teach best what you most need to learn
- You can act your way into right thinking, but you can’t think your way into right acting
- My worst day sober is better than my best day drunk
- Bring the body and the mind will follow
- Those who laugh, last
- Today, we have a choice
- First things first
- Be here now
- I would rather go through life sober, believing I’m an addict then go through life “using, trying to convince myself that I’m not
- An addict is a person who wants to be held while they are isolating
- I often compulsively pursue happiness no matter how bad it makes me feel
It’s my opinion that after reading some of the above quotes and sayings that you get a better idea of what it means to be an addict or to be in addiction recovery. Sayings like these come closer to truly explaining these things than any textbook definition ever will.