Substance Abuse Quotes

Quotes tagged as "substance-abuse" (showing 1-30 of 64)
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

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

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

“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

Noah Levine
“Like most people who decide to get sober, I was brought to Alcoholics Anonymous. While AA certainly works for others, its core propositions felt irreconcilable with my own experiences. I couldn't, for example, rectify the assertion that "alcoholism is a disease" with the facts of my own life.
The idea that by simply attending an AA meeting, without any consultation, one is expected to take on a blanket diagnosis of "diseased addict" was to me, at best, patronizing. At worst, irresponsible. Irresponsible because it doesn't encourage people to turn toward and heal the actual underlying causes of their abuse of substances.
I drank for thirteen years for REALLY good reasons. Among them were unprocessed grief, parental abandonment, isolation, violent trauma, anxiety and panic, social oppression, a general lack of safety, deep existential discord, and a tremendous diet and lifestyle imbalance. None of which constitute a disease, and all of which manifest as profound internal, mental, emotional and physical discomfort, which I sought to escape by taking external substances.
It is only through one's own efforts to turn toward life on its own terms and to develop a wiser relationship to what's there through mindfulness and compassion that make freedom from addictive patterns possible. My sobriety has been sustained by facing life, processing grief, healing family relationships, accepting radically the fact of social oppression, working with my abandonment conditioning, coming into community, renegotiating trauma, making drastic diet and lifestyle changes, forgiving, and practicing mindfulness, to name just a few. Through these things, I began to relieve the very real pressure that compulsive behaviors are an attempt to resolve.”
Noah Levine, Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction

Phil Volatile
“Now I’m
sober and I
realize, I
didn’t drink to
escape the world,
I drank to escape
myself”
Phil Volatile, Crushed Black Velvet

“In the debate over opioid addiction, there’s one group we aren’t hearing from: chronic pain patients, many of whom need to use the drugs on a long-term basis.”
S. E. Smith

Phil Volatile
“to live a
substance-free
life under the
pressures of
the daily grind
is state-sponsored
suicide”
Phil Volatile, Crushed Black Velvet

“Anyone who takes opioids on a regular basis will become dependent upon them, meaning they will have to taper off gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms. But very few chronic pain patients exhibit the compulsive drug-seeking behaviors of someone who is addicted.”
Karen Lee Richards

“the media, at least in the U.S., tends to focus on pain pill use, abuse, and addiction by people who do not have chronic pain.
Even if these stories offhandedly mention that these pills are used to treat pain in people whose physical pain does not go away, however, the stories of those who use pain medicine responsibly -- or, worse, accused of drug-seeking behavior because they need certain types of pills for chronic pain -- are usually overshadowed by the “How can we prevent pain pill addiction?” concern, instead of asking, “How can we treat chronic pain more effectively?”
Anna Hamilton

Kris Kidd
“Under the influence, I am easily influenced. I try to keep my pants on, but some things are easier said than done.”
Kris Kidd, Down for Whatever

Phil Volatile
“and tonight we held each
other, one last time,
like a dance to a
slow song
on an empty
floor,
underneath a single
disco ball
in front of
no one
at all”
Phil Volatile, Crushed Black Velvet

Joe Clifford
“This is the part they don’t tell you about in the movies. Or in On the Road. This is not rock ’n’ roll.

You are not William Burroughs, and it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference if Kurt Cobain was slumped over in an alleyway in Seattle the day Bleach came out. There is no junkie chic. This is not Soho and you are not Sid Vicious. You are not a drugstore cowboy and you are not spotting trains. You are not a part of anything—no underground sect, no counter-culture movement, no music scene, nothing. You have just been released from jail and are walking down Mission Street, alternating between taking a hit off a cigarette and puking, looking for coins on the ground so you can catch a bus as you shit yourself.”
Joe Clifford, Junkie Love

Kris Kidd
“February falls on top of me like a cartoon piano. I reek of champagne, come, and CK One.”
Kris Kidd, Split Lips: Stories About Love & Sex

Sonya Huber
“I take opioids to treat chronic pain. Stigmatizing them will harm me.”
Sonya Huber

Phil Volatile
“It’s sad
that burnt marshmallows
make me think of
methamphetamine,
when they
should bring
back childhood
memories of
s’mores”
Phil Volatile, Crushed Black Velvet

Ellen Hopkins
“Funny thing about the monster.
The worse he treats you, the more you love him.”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank

Phil Volatile
“I traded in my
freedom for
a needy, whiny
and defiant
four-year-old,
a junky girlfriend,
and a relationship
riddled with
someone else’s
problems

Now, I stare
out of open
windows like
a wild mustang
craving open
fields

I clench my
crotch, where
my balls
used to be,
and I hum a
loathsome tune,
like an out-
of-work castrato
who’s realized his
dreams of someday
having his own family
are gone”
Phil Volatile, Crushed Black Velvet

Kris Kidd
“Sunrise is starting to feel like a guilt trip.”
Kris Kidd, Down for Whatever

Kris Kidd
“My slurred speech isn’t from one or nine drinks too many, it’s from my father.”
Kris Kidd, Down for Whatever

“Someone who is trying to be sober is often trying to work out deeper emotional issues and is attempting to undo years of habitual behavior. When you reduce recovery to just abstinence, it simplifies what is really a much more complex issue.”
Sasha Bronner

Asa Don Brown
“The bleak optimism has skewed the overall views of our societal perspectives on substance abuse.”
Asa Don Brown

Asa Don Brown
“The legal and judicial system view substance use as a criminal matter; while the mental health system has been fighting for generations to change that particular perspective.”
Asa Don Brown

Dominique DuBois Gilliard
“We cannot incarcerate ourselves out of addiction. Addiction is a medical crisis that—when it comes to nonviolent offenders—warrants medical interventions, not incarceration. Decades later, data unequivocally illustrates that this war has been a massive failure. It has not only failed to reduce violent crime, but arrest rates—throughout its tenure—have continuously ascended even when crime rates have descended.”
Dominique DuBois Gilliard, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores

Alba Castillo
“Do not be blind in love and try not to suffer in silence. -Alba Castillo”
Alba Castillo, Malice Intent: Is Love Worth Dying For?

Oche Otorkpa
“The mentality, thought system and relationships that got you into addiction will keep you there unless you disentangle yourself from them.”
Oche Otorkpa, The Night Before I killed Addiction

Oche Otorkpa
“Your decision to kill your addiction will become a reality only if you believe and reinforce the fact that you have the capacity to do it.”
Oche Otorkpa, The Night Before I killed Addiction

Oche Otorkpa
“One thing you must realize is that: you either kill your addiction or your addiction will eventually kill you.”
Oche Otorkpa, The Night Before I killed Addiction

Oche Otorkpa
“The Power to redefine your life and purpose is in your hands, use it effectively like a wise person.”
Oche Otorkpa

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