Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on April 12, 2019.
Are you on a personal journey through addiction recovery? When you're dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction, daily life can be difficult. When you're on the road to rehabilitation, finding motivation can be even harder.
If you're struggling with your sobriety, you're not alone. Recovery is a process, a series of steps and a string of choices you continue to make each day — choices for your health, your happiness and your future. Even when it's hard, remember that highs and lows are part of your personal journey. Enjoyment of your daily life is doable, and long-term recovery is possible.
If you're in need of some inspiration to stay sober, here are a few thoughts to motivate and move you.
Not every day will be easy. Sometimes you'll wake up, and all you'll want is a drink or a hit, but you'll have to make the decision to stay away from substances. Sometimes you'll go through a rough patch emotionally and crave that old fix more than ever. Sometimes you'll feel pressured by friends or family and need to stay strong to say no.
When a hard time hits and you're feeling like life is too much to handle without that go-to substance, remember how much better off you are without it. You're taking positive steps toward a better life, and you don't ever want to go back to where addiction kept you trapped. Every day that you enjoy your daily life and make the choice to stay sober, things can only go up. Look up some recovery inspiration quotes and think about what you're grateful for when you need an extra boost.
When you're looking for the inspiration to stay sober, sometimes you don't need to look any farther than the mirror. You might not know it, but your addiction recovery can have a positive impact on the lives around you. Whether you're encouraging other recovering addicts in a treatment group, setting an example for your friends and family, sharing your progress with the community or simply taking everyday steps in your own life, your progress and process is an inspiration to everyone around you.
If you need some extra motivation, remember how proud you make your friends and family by making this commitment, and remember how inspiring you seem to someone who still needs to take the first steps to recovery.
Whether you're in rehab now or you've been sober for some time, think about how far you've come from your days of addiction. By deciding to detox, undergoing treatment and staying dedicated to your sobriety, you've already cleared the hardest hurdles. All you need to do now is believe you can keep going and make the choice — day by day — to stay sober.
Maya Angelou said, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." When you're committed to addiction recovery, you're becoming better every day, so just keep it up.