Recovery Quotes


You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.

Grief    Loss    Recovery

A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.

Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.

Broken    Broken hearts    Comforting    Crying    Doctor    Father    God    Healing    Heart    Heartbreak    Heavenly father    Hurt    Listen    Listening    Loss    Pain    Recovery    Tears

If you desire healing,
let yourself fall ill
let yourself fall ill.

Denial    Depression    Healing    Pain    Recovery    Sadness    Suffering

Another page turns on the calendar, April now, not March.
.........
I am spinning the silk threads of my story, weaving the fabric of my world...I spun out of control. Eating was hard. Breathing was hard. Living was hardest.
I wanted to swallow the bitter seeds of forgetfulness...Somehow, I dragged myself out of the dark and asked for help.
I spin and weave and knit my words and visions until a life starts to take shape.
There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore.
I am thawing.

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.

The Scar

China Miéville

The Scar
Healing    Injury    Inspirational    Recovery    Scar    Scars

I am angry that I starved my brain and that I sat shivering in my bed at night instead of dancing or reading poetry or eating ice cream or kissing a boy...

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town

A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare
to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.

And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.

What is Man?

Mark Twain

What is Man?
Inferiority    Man    Recovery    Right    Wisdom    Wrong

I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.


Karl Marx:
"Religion is the opiate of the masses."
Carrie Fisher:
"I did masses of opiates religiously.

A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.

Aid    Assistance    Breaking    Broken    Broken glass    Commuity    Esteem    Glass    Help    Helping    Helping others    Not alone    Pieces    Recovery    Self    Self esteem    Self help    Shattered    Shattered glass    Support    Together    Togetherness    Trash    Treasure    Value    Vase    Worth

So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. You can say: This did happen to me. It was that bad. It was the fault & responsibility of the adult. I was—and am—innocent. The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis

The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.

Recovery feels like shit. It didn't feel like I was doing something good; it felt like I was giving up. It feels like having to learn how to walk all over again.

A lot of things are inherent in life -change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds- but these events don't have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed.

The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.

Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace.

The ORDINARY RESPONSE TO ATROCITIES is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable.
Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. Equally as powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the conviction that denial does not work. Folk wisdom is filled with ghosts who refuse to rest in their graves until their stories are told. Murder will out. Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims.
The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma. People who have survived atrocities often tell their stories in a highly emotional, contradictory, and fragmented manner that undermines their credibility and thereby serves the twin imperatives of truth-telling and secrecy. When the truth is finally recognized, survivors can begin their recovery. But far too often secrecy prevails, and the story of the traumatic event surfaces not as a verbal narrative but as a symptom.
The psychological distress symptoms of traumatized people simultaneously call attention to the existence of an unspeakable secret and deflect attention from it. This is most apparent in the way traumatized people alternate between feeling numb and reliving the event. The dialectic of trauma gives rise to complicated, sometimes uncanny alterations of consciousness, which George Orwell, one of the committed truth-tellers of our century, called "doublethink," and which mental health professionals, searching for calm, precise language, call "dissociation." It results in protean, dramatic, and often bizarre symptoms of hysteria which Freud recognized a century ago as disguised communications about sexual abuse in childhood. . . .

it's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.

stars are the scars of the universe

Abuse    Recovery    Scars    Self harm    Self help    Stars    Twloha

It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.

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.

I'm learning how to taste everything.

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

Oh what a wonderful soul so bright inside you. Got power to heal the sun’s broken heart, power to restore the moon’s vision too.

Amy [Winehouse] increasingly became defined by her addiction. Our media though is more interested in tragedy than talent, so the ink began to defect from praising her gift to chronicling her downfall. The destructive personal relationships, the blood soaked ballet slippers, the aborted shows, that YouTube madness with the baby mice. In the public perception this ephemeral tittle-tattle replaced her timeless talent. This and her manner in our occasional meetings brought home to me the severity of her condition. Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions, or death.

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time.

I am a work in progress.

We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.

Honesty    Hope    Insignt    Recovery    Redemption

One of the greatest evils is the foolishness of a good man. For the giving man to withhold helping someone in order to first assure personal fortification is not selfish, but to elude needless self-destruction; martyrdom is only practical when the thought is to die, else a good man faces the consequence of digging a hole from which he cannot escape, and truly helps no one in the long run.

Addiction    Die    Dig    Digging    Escape    Evil    Foolishness    Fortification    Giving    Good    Help    Helping    Helping hand    Hurt    Kindness    Man    Pain    Recovery    Sacrifice    Seflessness    Self destruction    Selfish    Selfishness    Thanksgiving

History dressed up in the glow of love’s kiss turned grief into beauty.

I believe in recovery, and as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it.

Depression weighs you down like a rock in a river. You don't stand a chance. You can fight and pray and hope you have the strength to swim, but sometimes, you have to let yourself sink. Because you'll never know true happiness until someone or something pulls you back out of that river--and you'll never believe it until you realize it was you, yourself who saved you.

Love taught me to die with dignity that I might come forth anew in splendor. Born once of flesh, then again of fire, I was reborn a third time to the sound of my name humming haikus in heaven’s mouth.

I felt empty and sad for years, and for a long, long time, alcohol worked. I’d drink, and all the sadness would go away. Not only did the sadness go away, but I was fantastic. I was beautiful, funny, I had a great figure, and I could do math. But at some point, the booze stopped working. That’s when drinking started sucking. Every time I drank, I could feel pieces of me leaving. I continued to drink until there was nothing left. Just emptiness.

Love, Mercy, and Grace, sisters all, attend your wounds of silence and hope.

Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn't matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.

Trauma does not have to occur by abuse alone...

But no matter how much evil I see, I think it’s important for everyone to understand that there is much more light than darkness.

Then came the healing time, hearts started to shine, soul felt so fine, oh what a freeing time it was.

One day at a time, sweet Jesus. Whoever wrote that one hadn’t a clue. A day is a fuckin’ eternity

Punishments include such things as flashbacks, flooding of unbearable emotions, painful body memories, flooding of memories in which the survivor perpetrated against others, self-harm, and suicide attempts.

I swear, with Chloe Bear once again as my witness...
That my problems and failures will not stop me, nor will they dictate who I am.
That I will continue to be my own person.
That life is too short, and I will live every day as the best person I can be.
That I will grow and that I will change.
That I will smile and hold my head high.
That this is a new start and a new day.
That I will allow myself to cry or sit by myself when I need to.
That I will find things to really smile about.

The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.

Hope drowned in shadows
emerges fiercely splendid––
boldly angelic.

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