The 10 Most Inspirational Jamie Lee Curtis Quotes on Recovery

Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the most inspirational and beloved faces among our recovery community. When other celebrities guild headlines with stories of relapse and rehab, Jamie Lee Curtis’ bold advocacy and successful career is a testament to the power of recovery.

Recovery Insight

Jamie has spoken and written about addiction and recovery on numerous occasions, and most of her best insights on the subject can be found in interviews, conferences, and blog posts scattered throughout the web. We’ve compiled some of her most famous quotes, along with our favorites.

Quotes about Recovery

1. “Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you have to change it.”

2. Getting sober was the single bravest thing I’ve ever done and will ever do in my life. Not [running] a 5K—facing an addiction. Being courageous enough to acknowledge it privately with my family and friends. Working really hard at solidifying it, getting support around it and being healthy. And then talking about it publicly. That is the single greatest accomplishment of my life.”

3. “Help is available. I am a living testament that without fancy rehabs and without all sorts of pharmaceuticals, I was able to find sobriety, as have millions of other people in rooms all over the world. . .This is an addiction, this is an illness and there is help, but the help needs to be longstanding and ongoing.

4. “The greatest gift to give to the people you love the most is your recovery.”

5. “Exchange the words ‘have to’ with ‘get to’. Exchange the word ‘can’t’ with ‘unwilling.’”

6. “I think happiness comes from self-acceptance. We all try different things, and we find some comfortable sense of who we are. We look at our parents and learn and grow and move on. We change.”

7. “The same way that mid century modern architecture was in the ’50s, I want to be as a human being. New. Different. Challenging the old. Function over frivolity. Clean living. Clean lines.

8. “Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been. I feel very positive where I never did before, and I think that’s all a direct result of getting sober.

9. “As we get older, we say goodbye to a lot of people. We say goodbye to our friends, to our family, and discover our capacity to love and communicate and have intimacy—real intimacy, not the superficial intimacy we had in our youth. Strip away the bulls—; be done with that. Ask yourself these two questions: Did I learn to live wisely? Did I love well?

10. “To just read about Mr. Hoffman and then agree that it is sad and then do nothing to help another, seems the waste. Not his death but our communal inaction to it. I am going to try to lend a hand, try to help another and try to relate this very sad moment to my own salvation, one day at a time.

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