23 Recovering Addicts Share The One Thing They Wish People Understood About Their Addictions

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Chris Schmidt


“Addiction isn’t a choice; it’s a disease.”

— Sandra Bitting


“I wish people saw the time that addicts spent alone. Thinking about everything they’ve done, every time they’ve lied and stole. I wish they knew what that guilt felt like.”

— Thad Knisely


“Just because I am/was an addict, doesn’t make me a bad person. Deep down inside we are wonderful, loving people.”

— Shelly Rice Garcia


“People that suffer from addiction do not choose to be that way, nor do they have to let it define them.”

— Teresa Taylor


“Until you have loved someone who abuses substances, don’t judge the family’s choices…the line between enabling and supporting is blurry.”

— Tanya Stanley


“It’s not necessarily because the parent was a bad parent, or the child is a bad person.”

— Amy Talcott Kennard


“The only thing that’s as hard as being a recovering addict, is loving a recovering addict.”

— Dewayne Passmore


“Honestly, most addicts take many attempts to stay clean. It is not a failure. It is a journey. Every relapse is a lesson!”

— Melissa Shoemaker Pigliavento


“Addiction is so much more common and pervasive of an issue than society thinks.”

— Sarah Hollowell


“I am me; I am not just my addiction. There is a lot of other stuff to love.”

— Ryan Sachse


“It’s not a matter of willpower or a lack of a moral compass.”

— Brian Lewis


“I am not the face of my addiction.”

— Roxanne Loge


“My addiction does not define who I am or who I will be!”

— Lisa Renee Barnes Lampros


“We do recover.”

— Jennifer Jones


“The opposite of addiction is connection.”

— Nick Warren


“I wish people would not judge others… some have no idea what is going on in their lives.”

— Sarah Kelly Wish


“The public needs more education on addiction. People need to know how it starts, what it does to every aspect of your life, how to get or give help to an addict, and what recovery is like for an addict.”

— Ray Peters


“It’s deeper than any substances.”

— Roe Brown


“That a lot of addicts/alcoholics are the most sensitive, caring and intelligent people you’ll ever meet. And a lot of “normal” money making, security hungry people are empty on the inside.”

— Haley Pharis


“Sometimes you honestly don’t realize what you’re doing, and who you’re hurting, until you’re looking back months later. I wish people could understand the suffocating guilt.”

— Kaylee Jane Komine


” Just know we love you all as much as you love us, even if we sometimes break your heart.”

— Randon Redman


“Good people sometimes make bad choices. Not every person is a bad person because he/she has a drug problem.”

— Allie Gosnell


“What I want people to know about addiction is that there is HOPE for us. One day at a time.”

— Jc Harms Thought Catalog Logo Mark

Research provided by Recovery Brands.

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Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a writer, poet, & editor. She is the author of Somewhere On A Highway, a poetry collection on self-discovery, growth, love, loss and the challenges of becoming.

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