5 inspirational quotes that will help recovering opiate addicts with a “bad” day
Recovering from an opiate addiction can feel like a tiger is dragging his claws through your body. However you aren’t the first person to do it. Here’s a little encouragement from people who have been through hard times and recovery, to help you through the low, claws-in-back moments.
Ayn Rand, the famous American novelist who penned Atlas Shrugged, knows that you are a hero, and the world needs you:
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.” This quote reminds you that it is not too late to say goodbye to your opiate addiction
Author Anne Lamott, who spent a year trying to kick her addiction to drugs and alcohol, said simply that her response to temptation to drink is to remind herself that:
“Everything I have to offer anyone — my son, my church, or who I am as a writer — depends on me staying sober.” This also applies to those affected by opiate addiction
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, whose husband suffered from a terrible disease during his presidency, explained from her own experience of being strong for her husband:
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” If you think you cannot fight opiate addiction, try it for that very reason!
Another writer, Laurie Halse Anderson, recognizes the slow progress through recovery. It won’t be a sudden jump, she says, but rather a long, slow walk home:
“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.” The decision to tackle opiate addiction is that first small step which must be taken.
Finally, here’s a reminder from The Bible that everything has its own time and place. That means that today — this hard day — will pass and your opiate addiction can pass too:
“To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal …
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance …
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.”
The time for your opiate addiction is gone. Now it is a time to heal! Amen.