44 Rehabilitation Quotes On Recovery and Rehab

“Drug overdoses have become the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States, killing an average of 44,000 people every year”, according to Medscape.

For some, rehab is one of the most trying life experiences they’ve ever experienced.

Rehabilitation is literally the definition of adjustment and adaptation to change. Defining it as difficult and trying is not an understatement. If you are experiencing rehabilitation or know a loved one that is, here are rehabilitation quotes that will shed light on the process.

Discover a curated selection of inspirational rehab quotes. These quotes can shed light on the struggles and feelings that come with the rehabilitation process.

44 Rehabilitation Quotes On Recovery and Rehab


  1. “The hope of the world lies in the rehabilitation of the living human being, not just the body but also the soul.”
    Vaclav Havel

2. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.”
Thomas A. Edison


3. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
― Norman Vincent Peale


4. “Each body is different
Therefore each rehabilitation must be different”
Joerg Teichmann


5. “Addiction denied is recovery delayed.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana


6. “Letting go is also a matter of self-worth.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz


7. “To find out your true worth, you gonna have to carry your own weight.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

”What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”

Ralph Marston

9. “The road to redemption is a treacherous one that the accused must walk through in darkness but if we don’t shine the light then there is no hope for anyone finding their way to the other side.”
Aysha Taryam

10. “Merciful heavens! Human treatment may even render human a man in whom the image of God has long ago been tarnished. It is these ‘unfortunates’ that must be treated in the most human fashion. This is their salvation and their joy.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

11. “America’s criminal justice system isn’t known for rehabilitation. I’m not sure that, as a society, we are even interested in that concept anymore.”
― Steve Earle

12. “To succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

― Michael Korda

13. “All emphasis in American prisons is on punishment, retribution, and disparagement, and almost none is on rehabilitation.”

― Conrad Black

14. “All rehab can do is tell you what’s wrong with you and then suggest ways for you to get better.”
― Ozzy Osbourne

15. “Rehab is one thing, but it takes years to get that attitude adjustment.”
― Johnny Colt

16. “It’s a journey, it’s a fight everyday. There was a real effort to stay in the program. So far this has been a very successful rehab.”
― Peter Hobson

17. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
― Zen proverb

18. “We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.”
John Green

19. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
― George Addair

20. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
― Oprah Winfrey

21. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
― George Eliot

22. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
― J.K. Rowling

23. “The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the person perfected without trials.”
― Chinese proverb

24. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
― Dr. Seuss

25. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
― Confucius

26. “Recovery is not a race. You don’t have to feel guilty if it takes you longer than you thought it would.”

27. “When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d had just one more drink the night before? I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything.”
Meredith Bell

28. “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
Edgar Allen Poe

29. “Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap.”
Tess Callahan

30. “Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you have to change.”
Jamie Lee Curtis

31. “Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.”
Robert Downey Jr.

32. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
J.K. Rowling


33. “You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.”


34. “I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.”
Samuel L. Jackson


35. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz


36. “Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.”
Brittany Burgunder


37. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway


38. “Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.”
Chris Bradford


39. “Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn’t end there.”
Bucky Sinister

40. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
Theodore Roosevelt

41. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”
Zen proverb

42. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Nelson Mandela

43. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra

44. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
Michael Jordan

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Closing Thoughts

Any journey to recovery is hard. Keep your eye on the target, understanding when your setbacks kick in and how to strive for progress is essential. We hope this list of our favorite rehab and recovery quotes brought you a little additional strength and motivation to pull through.

Motivational quotes are an effective way to fuel self-coach yourself through trying times. Reading positive affirmations and motivational quotes is a great way to feel understood and to feel supported in your journey.

Share these quotes with a friend in need.