Quotes and Sayings about Addiction



"All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation."
- W. H. Auden
(Related: Addiction)

"I know in my soul when something feels like a sell out and I think for me, I knew that if I did the Jane's Addiction reunion thing, that I would feel like a sell out. That's how it would feel to me."
- Eric Avery
(Related: Soul, Addiction)

"We appropriately compared the lifestyle to that of drug addiction and alcoholism - lifestyles that one would be encouraged to seek help to leave - never encouraged to stay in."
- Stephen Bennett
(Related: Addiction, Help)

"Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music."
- Allan Bloom
(Related: Music, Addiction, Nothing)

"We need to reduce or at least limit U.S. demand for oil as quickly as possible, and we need to develop new technologies that can further help address our addiction to oil in the future."
- Sherwood Boehlert
(Related: Addiction, Future, Help, Oil)

"Coffee and smoking are the last great addictions."
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Related: Coffee, Smoking)

"I think people are sick and tired of all the abuse songs, and drug addiction, we want to bring to world a big fat smile."
- Steve Brown
(Related: People, Abuse, Addiction, Smile, Songs, Want, World)

"It's about avoiding reality through various escape routes that become addictions and lead to Hell. My character is addicted to television, chocolate, coffee, to her dream of her son, which has no basis in reality."
- Ellen Burstyn
(Related: Son, Dream, Character, Coffee, Hell, Reality, Television)

"She goes from one addiction to another. All are ways for her to not feel her feelings."
- Ellen Burstyn
(Related: Feelings, Addiction)

"Despite the previous efforts of Congresses, our addiction to foreign oil, as the President stated, is greater today than ever before. That dependency is a threat to our national security, and we must address that threat."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Addiction, National security, Oil, President, Today)

"I work with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. I sit proudly as one of only two recovering addicts on their board."
- Jamie Lee Curtis
(Related: Work, Abuse, Addiction, University)

"Alcohol and drug addiction are problems, and we should use outside agencies that know the business. They do business all over the country. Why don't we contract them to do it? See, we should be in certain businesses."
- Richard M. Daley
(Related: Business, Addiction, Alcohol, Country, Problems)

"A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health."
- Clarence Day
(Related: Health, Money, Addiction, Excess, May)

"Everybody smokes! Models, actresses, everyone! Don't they realize that it's gross? I understand it's an addiction, but it still pains me to see my friends do it."
- Kirsten Dunst
(Related: Addiction, Friends)

"You can change a person's life in an instant; put him in a movie, and you start thinking differently, you want to be in another movie. It's like an addiction almost."
- Dennis Farina
(Related: Change, Life, Addiction, Thinking, Want)

"People do not realize this, but my drug addiction was actually a short span of time. It was only for two years."
- Corey Feldman
(Related: Time, People, Addiction, Years)

"For decades the American people have had an addiction to oil and gas."
- Lee H. Hamilton
(Related: People, Addiction, American, Oil)

"It is hard to understand addiction unless you have experienced it."
- Ken Hensley
(Related: Addiction)

"When the President was asked about global warming at a public appearance yesterday, he responded by talking about America's addiction to oil. You make the connection."
- Gwen Ifill
(Related: Addiction, America, Appearance, Connection, Global warming, Oil, President, Public, Talking, Yesterday)

"The need to help spread democracy and the ability to do that will be much greater if we break this addiction to oil, which gives the oil princes and sultans the power in the Mideast."
- Jay Inslee
(Related: Power, Ability, Addiction, Democracy, Help, Oil, Will)

"We clearly need to break our addiction on Saudi Arabian oil that is a security threat to the United States."
- Jay Inslee
(Related: Addiction, Oil, Security, states, United)

"But actually, my drug addiction thing, I was so stubborn."
- Elton John
(Related: Addiction)

"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Addiction, Alcohol, Idealism)

"No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: People, Addiction)

"We have seen what the dependence and addiction to foreign oil has done to us economically."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Addiction, Dependence, Oil)

"The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief but to maintain the apparatus of addiction."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Belief, Addiction, Effect, Media)

"The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption, is addiction."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Society, Addiction, Ownership)

"Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society. Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Society, Values, Addiction, Drugs, Obvious)

"One trait of addictive families is that we never recognize our own addictions."
- Lorna Luft
"In the '70s, everybody thought drugs were just good times. People didn't really know about drug addiction, or that such a thing existed. When I grew up in the '70s I thought you had to take drugs. It was almost like I didn't think you had a choice."
- Aimee Mann
(Related: Thought, People, Addiction, Choice, Drugs)

"It's funny, because my last record was a lot about isolation and people living in separate worlds that other people can't even understand, which drug addiction is the perfect negative example of."
- Aimee Mann
(Related: Funny, People, Negative, Addiction, Example, Isolation, Living)

"But I will say that the drugs are much more ferocious then they used to be. There are people wrecking their lives with addiction, which seems much more severe."
- Armistead Maupin
(Related: People, Addiction, Drugs, Will)

"I really love to act; I love everything about it. I've never had this addiction to being known. I mean, sure, if you go into acting, there's part of you that is saying, 'I want attention' but I was brought up to work to deserve attention, and it is the work, not the trappings that are important."
- Christopher Meloni
(Related: Love, Work, Act, Acting, Addiction, Attention, Being, Saying, Want)

"Beneath all of these addictions is this disease, this control disease which is the mark of our society."
- Keith Miller
(Related: Society, Control, Disease)

"Religious work is one of the best ways to keep from facing your reality if you are Christian, if you are using it to calm the pain, because that it what all addictions are, attempts to cover the pain of this spiritual disease."
- Keith Miller
(Related: Work, Christian, Disease, Pain, Reality, Religious, Spiritual)

"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
(Related: Health, People, Addiction, Country, Crime)

"I started producing work with an ecstatic addiction."
- Ben Nicholson
(Related: Work, Addiction)

"I've triumphed over addiction."
- Tatum O'Neal
(Related: Addiction)

"I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about."
- Chuck Palahniuk
(Related: Life, Truth)

"We are taught to consume. And that's what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume, that it's just a mind set, that it's just an addiction, then we wouldn't be out there stepping on people's hands climbing the corporate ladder of success."
- River Phoenix
(Related: Success, People, Addiction, Corporate, Mind, Reason)

"As we celebrate Recovery Month, it is time for Congress to knock down the barriers to treatment and recovery for 26 million Americans suffering the ravages of alcohol and drug addiction."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Time, Addiction, Alcohol, Americans, Congress, Suffering, Treatment)

"It is time to end the discrimination against people who need treatment for chemical addiction. It is time for Congress to deal with our Nation's number one public health problem."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Health, Time, People, Addiction, Congress, Discrimination, End, Public, Treatment)

"I had always turned it down-to me, smoking pot was absolutely the worst thing in the world. I thought of it as an addiction, and all my friends who smoked it, I felt they really needed help."
- Tommy Rettig
(Related: Thought, Addiction, Friends, Help, Smoking, World)

"It's an addiction... and addiction is something I should know something about."
- Keith Richards
(Related: Addiction)

"I love making people laugh. It's an addiction and it's probably dysfunctional, but I am addicted to it and there's no greater pleasure for me than sitting in a theater and feeling a lot of people losing control of themselves."
- Jay Roach
(Related: Love, People, Control, Addiction, Feeling, Losing, Pleasure, Theater)

"I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Progress, Thoughts, Addiction, Language, Obstacles, Philosophy)

"We must move in our recovery from one addiction to another for two major reasons: first, we have not recognized and treated the underlying addictive process, and second, we have not accurately isolated and focused upon the specific addictions."
- Anne Wilson Schaef
(Related: Addiction, First)

"We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely... change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now."
- George A. Sheehan
(Related: Change, Power, Willpower, Addiction, May, Now, Old, Want)

"There's a pattern when tours start - a pattern of infighting, of making up, of breaking up, of addiction. There's a pattern of going to jail. There's a pattern of passion for music."
- Nikki Sixx
(Related: Music, Addiction, Passion)

"I wanted to do an episode about Chuck having a gambling problem. I wanted to portray my addiction on the show. But I think it's a little edgy for Saturday night."
- Fisher Stevens
(Related: Addiction, Gambling, Night)

"I have a bit of a traveling addiction, and, ah, yeah. I went to, ah, Bali this summer."
- Fisher Stevens
(Related: Addiction, Summer, Traveling)

"People who have never had an addiction don't understand how hard it can be."
- Payne Stewart
(Related: People, Addiction)

"People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don't get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don't start a family before you're ready to settle down."
- James Taylor
(Related: Family, Life, People, Addiction, Debt)

"Secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction."
- Edward Teller
(Related: Addiction, Secrecy)

"I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction."
- Gene Tierney
(Related: Addiction)

"Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine, there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived."
- Robert Trout
(Related: Addiction, Medicine, Opium)

"The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man's moral nature."
- Thorstein Veblen
(Related: Nature, Sports, Development, Addiction, Man)

"Marijuana is a much bigger part of the American addiction problem than most people - teens or adults - realize."
- John Walters
(Related: People, Addiction, American)

"Practically every environmental problem we have can be traced to our addiction to fossil fuels, primarily oil."
- Dennis Weaver
(Related: Environmental, Addiction, Oil)

"This dark diction has become America's addiction."
- Kanye West
(Related: Addiction, America)

"Soft addictions are an alluring, seductive aspect of our culture - they are easy to attain and socially acceptable, they are even encouraged in many cases. Yet they are lethal to the spirit."
- Judith Wright
(Related: Culture, Spirit)

"We've observed that people who stall in their personal growth work often have counterproductive soft addictions that stand in their way of growth and having the life they say they want. It can be a simple thing, such as watching TV instead of finishing a project."
- Judith Wright
(Related: Life, Work, People, Growth, Personal growth, Project, Want)