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Quotations about Addictions

Addiction is a monster, and it's a really difficult monster to fight. ~Stephanie Beatriz, 2019

My addiction turns to food or booze or workaholism with equal enthusiasm. ~Erica Jong, Fear of Fifty, 1994

The question is never "Why the addiction?" but "Why the pain?" ~Gabor Maté, M.D., In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, 2008

Addiction is the number one disease in our civilization. ~Deepak Chopra, 1997, as quoted in Leonard Roy Frank, Quotationary, 1999

...alcohol acts upon them as a poison of the soul... the poor creature enjoys the spin of his own mind until it is a passion so to do... ~Walter Moxon, M.D. (1836–1886), "Alcohol and Individuality; or, Why Did He Become a Drunkard?"

...the majority of men are discontented with their life, and seek the pleasures of the flesh. But the flesh can never be satisfied, and men... seek oblivion in smoking or drunkenness. ~Leo Tolstoy, The Pathway of Life, translated by Archibald J. Wolfe, 1919

Addiction has a more powerful pull than just about anything else on earth. ~Terri Guillemets

About my soberversary... It is absurd to measure sobriety in units of time. It is a state of being. One is either in it or out of it. In my case, I am in it — permanently. ~Elementary, "Dead Man's Switch," 2013, teleplay by Liz Friedman & Christopher Silber  [S1, E20, Sherlock Holmes to Joan Watson]

I want so bad to not smoke anymore... I don't like something having control over me, and I think that having an addiction to something is letting something control you — and I'm a control freak. ~Kat Von D, "Kat Tales," LA Ink, 2008  [S2, E8]

It's usually very gradual... It's latent. It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, "It's fine now, I'm okay." And then... then the next thing you know, it's not okay. Things are not going so well. ~Robin Williams, 2006

Addictions — particularly nicotine and alcohol — are energy thieves. They are toxic energy that disrupts the flow and balance of your natural energy. Addictions injure the body, enslave the mind, and suppress the capacity of the human spirit to experience joy. They ruin health, happiness, and life itself. ~Edward A. Taub, M.D.

Addiction is giving up everything for one thing. Recovery is giving up one thing for everything. ~Author unknown

I'm a prisoner to my addiction
I'm addicted to a life that's so empty and so cold
I'm a prisoner to my decisions...
~Illangelo, Lana Del Rey, and The Weeknd, "Prisoner," Beauty Behind the Madness, 2015 ♫

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users. ~Ralph Nader, 2000

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. We must beware of thinking of good and evil as absolute opposites. ~C. G. Jung

      I would rather grind my teeth to powder,
      I would rather tread barefoot on thin, sharp stones,
      I would rather let the blood of my veins freeze to red ice,
      And the muscles of my legs stiffen to cold stone,
      Than be drawn by the warm breath
      Of transient things.
            I would rather—
            But… yet…
            I am being drawn… I am being drawn…
      It is
      The hush that falls
      When screaming chords, drawn taut,
      Break with a sudden snap!—and then
~Henry Saul Zolinsky, “Two Poems,” c.1921

It's no easy thing to give up booze and a lover at the same time. One addiction is hard enough. But what choice did I have? There was nothing left in the bottle for me. Nothing but depression and sadness and pain. ~Erica Jong, Any Woman's Blues: A Novel of Obsession, 1990

Once there was a man
Who had a little too much
Time on his hands
He never stopped to think
That he was getting older.
When his night came to an end
He tried to grasp for his last friend
And pretend
That he could wish himself health
On a four-leaf clover...
~Jason Sellards and Scott Hoffman, "Return to Oz," 2004 (Scissor Sisters)

Addiction is an anchor that won't break out. ~Terri Guillemets

My supply
of tablets
has got to last for years and years.
I like them more than I like me.
Stuborn as hell, they won't let go.
It's a kind of marriage.
It's a kind of war
where I plant bombs inside
of myself...
~Anne Sexton, "The Addict," Live or Die, 1966

The end of the world loomed as a row of empty tequila bottles. ~Erica Jong, Fear of Fifty, 1994

Neurotic subjects are perhaps less addicted than any, despite the time-honoured phrase, to "listening to their insides": they can hear so many things going on inside themselves, by which they realise later that they did wrong to let themselves be alarmed, that they end by paying no attention to any of them. Their nervous systems have so often cried out to them for help, as though from some serious malady, when it was merely because snow was coming, or because they had to change their rooms, that they have acquired the habit of paying no more heed to these warnings. ~Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff

My only advice to those addicted to the prepared and patent breakfast foods and to the 'mush-and-milk' breakfast habit is, by all means take your ante-mortem cereal, germicide, near-food, or whatnot, at breakfast — but be sure and eat your breakfast first. ~Woods Hutchinson, M.D., "Some Diet Delusions," Instinct and Health, 1906

I'm addicted to chocolate. I snort cocoa. ~Quoted in Marta Dynel, Humorous Garden-Paths: A Pragmatic-Cognitive Study, 2009

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts. I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles. ~Dave Barry, "Decaf Poopacino," Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down!, 2000

Food-addiction, or food-drunkenness, is an old story in Hygienic literature. This is the first mention I have seen of it in "regular" medical literature. I fear to hope that its recognition spells progress. ~Herbert M. Shelton (1895–1985)

But if eating was the primordial cause of our distress, it has also been the universal cure. From mother's breast to sacred rites our physical, emotional, and spiritual stress is answered with food. For as we have seen, it is through eating that we are reunited with nature. What we lost by eating we attempt to regain by eating... Overweight people almost invariably are addicted to food as a cure for stress. Food is their magic elixir, their pacifier in a world where coping has become increasingly difficult. As one tragically obese girl told me, "Food is my best friend and my worst enemy..." ~Edward J. Dumke, The Serpent Beguiled Me And I Ate: A Heavenly Diet for Saints and Sinners, 1986

Hooked on Internet? Help is a just a click away. ~Author unknown

I have seen some good things on TV, but watching it now and then is not the same thing as the indiscriminate gluing of the eye to the screen that some people do all day, all night, using up time that goes by and will never come again... I think such addiction to the screen is a crime against life itself... ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, "The spice of life," A View from the Hill, 1957

There are people so addicted to exaggeration that they actually can't tell the truth without lying. ~Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818–1885), quoted in H. Montague, Wit and Wisdom of Josh Billings, 1913

A true scrapbook addict is one who stages photographs to match paper she likes. ~Author unknown

UNBOOKISH, a.  — Not addicted to books or reading. ~Noah Webster, A Dictionary of the English Language, 1828

As a child I read books which were inappropriate. Naturally they contained words I had to look up. Later in life I became quite addicted to the Oxford English Dictionary. ~Lemony Snicket, answer to Caitlin, "How did you come by such an astonishing vocabulary? Some of my favorite words are thanks to your writing," during a live Facebook chat hosted by Scholastic Reading Club, 2013 January 16th

I need fiction. I'm an addict. This is not a figure of speech... Colonies of prose have formed in the bathroom and in the dimness of the upstairs landing, so that I don't go without text even in the leftover spaces of the house where I spend least time. ~Francis Spufford (b.1964), "Confessions of an English Fiction Eater," The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading, 2002

Hello. My name is Brooklyn Wainwright and I am a book addict. It was Friday morning and I was on my way to the Covington Library to sniff out my personal version of crack cocaine:  books. Old, rare, and beautiful. I didn't need a twelve-step program; I just needed more bookbinding work to keep me off the streets. ~Kate Carlisle, One Book in the Grave, 2012

A new habit ailment has recently been described which affects those addicted to reading in bed. The affection closely resembles inflammation about the shoulder joint; the disability is of the same character. It is called bed-reader's shoulder. When a reader renounces his habit the pain ceases, but many will not give up reading and content themselves with attempts to relive the pain. Relief may follow dry, hot applications, frictions with wintergreen oil, and massage. The reader-in-bed has always been scolded by the ophthalmologist and now has to face the neurologist. ~"The Painful Shoulder of Readers in Bed," in The Trained Nurse and Hospital Review, 1917  [a little altered —tg]

Collecting quotations is an insidious, even embarrassing habit, like ragpicking or hoarding rocks or trying on other people's laundry. I got into it originally while trying to break an addiction to candy. I kicked candy and now seem to be stuck with quotations, which are attacking my brain instead of my teeth. ~Robert Byrne, "Sources, References, and Notes," The Other 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, 1984

As I have found previously when tracing quotations, once you get drawn into an area of linguistic research like this, it becomes addictive. James Boswell in his Life of Johnson talked of being obliged to 'run half over London in order to fix a date correctly'. Something of that obsessive urge has gone into this book... ~Nigel Rees, Why Do We Say…?, 1987

Become addicted to constant and never-ending self improvement. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995,

If you let go of the things you're addicted to, your pains will let go of you. ~Terri Guillemets

Wellbeing starves addiction. ~Terri Guillemets, "Better," 2007

I was addicted to the hokey pokey, but I turned myself around. ~Author unknown

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