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At times it can be hard to connect with those around you or to even find the right words to explain your struggles, especially to loved ones. If you are currently fighting your way through recovery, you may have already realized how many people you actually relate to and share your struggles with. However, if you are currently engulfed in your addiction it can be hard to believe that anyone could relate. Many people are able to find the words they have been looking for and connection through others. Here are several quotes about addiction that you can not only relate to but can offer insight on what it is like to have an addiction.

1. “The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” ― Russell Brand

2. “Sometimes maybe you need an experience. The experience can be a person or it can be a drug. The experience opens a door that was there all the time but you never saw it. Or maybe it blasts you into outer space.” ― Melvin Burgess, Smack

3. “Happiness is not to be found at the bottom of a bottle or from the tip of a needle; it is not to be found amidst a cloud of smoke or within a sugar-coated pill. If you look for it in these places, you will find naught but despair.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman, Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest

4. “Life isn’t like a Full House episode. There isn’t going to be an easy out to every conflict. There is no milkman, paperboy, or evening TV. There are good moments and bad moments and not everything will tie together nicely in the end. But that’s life, and I think I’m finally starting to get it.” ― Jodie Sweetin

5. “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” ― Carl Jung

6. “What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.” ― Alice Miller

7. “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 Sheehan

8. “Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.” ― Jean Kilbourne