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Quotes About Substance Abuse

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Dylan Thomas
“An alcoholic is someone you don't like, who drinks as much as you do.”
Dylan Thomas

Criss Jami
“An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Karen Marie Moning
“If he were any other man, I might have suspected him of substance abuse, of being coked up or something. But Barrons was too much a purist for that; his drugs were money, power, and control”
Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

Philip K. Dick
“If the last to know he’s an addict is the addict, then maybe the last to know when a man means what he says is the man himself, he reflected.”
Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

“They got drunk and high on a regular basis, but this is a vestige of youth that you either quit while you're young or you become an addict if you don't die.
If you are the Old Guy In The Punk House, move out. You have a substance abuse problem.”
Bucky Sinister, Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos

Lundy Bancroft
“Alcohol does not a change a person’s fundamental value system. People’s personalities when intoxicated, even though somewhat altered, still bear some relationship to who they are when sober. When you are drunk you may behave in ways that are silly or embarrassing; you might be overly familiar or tactlessly honest, or perhaps careless or forgetful. But do you knock over little old ladies for a laugh? Probably not. Do you sexually assault the clerk at the convenience store? Unlikely. People’s conduct while intoxicated continues to be governed by their core foundation of beliefs and attitudes, even though there is some loosening of the structure. Alcohol encourages people to let loose what they have simmering below the surface.
ABUSERS MAKE CONSCIOUS CHOICES EVEN WHILE INTOXICATED”
Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

“At the bottom of every person's dependency, there is always pain, Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“If you examine your motive for doing anything, you'll soon discover that your reason is that you believe it will make you happy.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“We recognize that you've used substances to try to regain your lost balance, to try to feel the way you did before the need arose to use addictive drugs or alcohol. We know that you use substances to alter your mood, to cover up your sadness, to ease your heartbreak, to lighten your stress load, to blur your painful memories, to escape your hurtful reality, or to make your unbearable days or nights bearable.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

Lundy Bancroft
“Addiction does not cause partner abuse, and recovery from addiction does not “cure” partner abuse.”
Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

“The advertise their products in such a fashion as to make it seem wonderful to drink their ethanol products. It does not matter if they give their products fancy name like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, or if they put bubbles in an ethanol product and call it champagne or beer- everyone is selling ethanol.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

Lundy Bancroft
“ALCOHOL HAS NO BIOLOGICAL CONNECTION TO ABUSE OR VIOLENCE
Alcohol does not directly make people belligerent, aggressive, or violent. There is evidence that certain chemicals can cause violent behavior — anabolic steroids, for example, or crack cocaine — but alcohol is not among them. In the human body, alcohol is actually a depressant, a substance that rarely causes aggression. Marijuana similarly has no biological action connected to abusiveness.”
Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

“If those underlying conditions aren't treated, the return of those symptoms may cause us so much discomfort that we'll go back to using addictive drugs or alcohol to obtain relief. That's the primary reason there is such a high rate of relapse among people who have become dependent of alcohol and addictive drugs. It has little to do with alcohol and addiction themselves and almost everything to do with the original causes that created the dependency.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“It's the causes, not the dependent person, that must be corrected. That's why I see the United States' War on Drugs as being fought in an unrealistic manner. This war is focused on fighting drug dealers and the use of drugs here and abroad, when the effort should be primarily aimed at treating and curing that causes that compel people to reach for drugs.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“Slade placed his pistol on the table next to his chair. "Sid down, Doll. This might take awhile," he said, as he took a deep breath. "I gots a proposition for ya'. Does 100 G's interest you? Sure might help keep them debt collectors you got at bay. Plus, might be able to finish up yer' master's degree without havin' to work your ass off to pay the bills.”
Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote

Justin Donner
“Even those who drink until blacking out, those who beat women, are not the exception, hopefully not the norm, trapped somewhere in society in a dark place nobody wants to talk about.”
Justin Donner, i just woke up dead: a memoir

“Maria, it sounds like he was insane. Rational people don't intentionally addict people. I feel sorry for those poor people who were unsuspecting victims.”
Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote

“He'd searched every corner of his mind looking for ways to avoid a rendezvous with Chico. In the last twenty years, Slade had come a long way from the ghetto orphanage where he'd grown up, but the only way he could help Maria was to get in touch with Chico. Slade remembered the last time he'd seen Chico as though it was yesterday.”
Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote

“She went weak in the knees and could barely walk as she followed him, trembling with fear. Her hopes for a happy future with Jordan came crashing down. Whoever had told Jordan she was free to travel under the name of Maria Brooks must have misled him.”
Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote

“Must have a lot of male customers to let her dress like that. Nice view.”
Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote

“The punishment approach and bad consequences approach to treatment is the kind of thinking that is prevalent in every residential substance abuse treatment center in the United States of which I'm aware.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“Mom and dad probably told you I've been arrested. I'm innocent. I want you to know that.”
Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote

“In the one-treatment-fits-all approach, clients sit in group meetings all day and all evening and listen to each other stories. At the end of the first week, everyone in the room knows everyone's story. That goes on for three more weeks, and then most people go home with the same problems they brought with them when they arrived.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“I'd never opened up the gas station if it had been someone else, but I know Tucker's fond of you. It's a shame you don't keep in touch with the old man.”
Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote

Lundy Bancroft
“A man’s beliefs about the effects of the substance will largely be borne out. If he believes that alcohol can make him aggressive, it will, as research has shown. On the other hand, if he doesn’t attribute violence-causing powers to substances, he is unlikely to become aggressive even when severely intoxicated.”
Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

“Whether the underlying cause of your dependency is a chemical imbalance, unresolved events from the past, beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true, an inability to cope with current conditions, or a combination of these four causes, know this: not only are all the causes of dependency within you, but all the solutions are within you as well.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“If I were to create a word that more accurately describes alcoholism and addiction, I would say it was dependencyism. Sounds silly, doesn't it? Yet it's no sillier than the word alcoholism. The reason alcoholism no longer sounds silly to you is because you're used to hearing it, reading it, and thinking about it.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“Some things you jes' know Doll, and that's one I'd bet the farm on.”
Dianne Harman Cornered Coyote

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