There may be times during a period of sustained substance abuse that people feel as if they are all alone. Even if they have friends who drink and consume drugs, they may feel disconnected from the world and the people whom they really care about. While it may be normal to experience negative thoughts as a result of prolonged substance abuse, it is important that people act on these emotions to get better.
Contrary to those isolating thoughts, many famous writers, artists and politicians have struggled with drugs and alcohol, but their recoveries gave them perspectives on their pasts. Check out these four motivational quotes to inspire a friend, family member or loved one to seek treatment for his or her substance abuse.
1. Buddha – ‘You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.’ (Click to Tweet) Though there is no single cause for addiction, low self-esteem and other emotional issues that cause people to have a negative view of themselves often contribute to the development of substance abuse. These thoughts can also keep people from seeking help, as they may believe that a life of drug and alcohol abuse is all they deserve.
It goes without saying that this is not true. Everyone is worthy of respect and love, but that cannot happen until the person struggling with substance abuse learns to afford him- or herself the same.
2. Ralph Waldo Emerson – ‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.’ (Click to Tweet) The prospect of seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction is a significant event in a person’s life. However, many refuse help not because they think they do not need it, but because they do not believe they can live without their substances of choice. To these people, a life without drugs or alcohol is one that they are not strong enough to achieve.
This is nothing short of a self-fulfilling prophecy. It does not matter what people have experienced with drugs and alcohol, just as it does not matter that recovering from substance abuse is difficult – if people believe that they can lead healthier lives, they will.
3. Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.’ (Click to Tweet) There is no question that addiction recovery is difficult. People in a treatment program may have more bad days than good ones, especially at the beginning of the program. However, these temporary setbacks should not impact the larger aims and goals that people in recovery hold.
So what if a person’s withdrawal symptoms gave him or her a headache that would not go away? So what if someone who completed a treatment program relapsed? These are speed bumps on the road to long-term sobriety and a better, more fulfilling life.
4. T.S. Eliot – ‘It is never too late to be what you might have been.’ (Click to Tweet) Regret is a powerful emotion that can keep people from moving on with their lives. When it comes to substance abuse, this is particularly true. People may want to seek treatment, but they may feel as if they are too far gone to get clean and that their ideal lives have already become impossible.
While it is easy to see how people with drug or alcohol addictions come to this point, it is crucial to avoid this defeatist attitude, particularly while in recovery. The road may be long and hard, but that does not mean that it will not end at a destination that former drug and alcohol users have been searching for their entire lives.