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100 Sobriety Anniversary Quotes, AA Sobriety Quotes & Congratulating Someone on Their Recovery

Recovery is a process that takes time. Even though every day of sobriety is an accomplishment, milestones provide an opportunity for others to celebrate with a person in recovery. A person’s sobriety anniversary can also be called a sober birthday or recovery anniversary. This could be marked by the last day of use, the day after the final relapse, or the day the person decided to get help.

For someone in recovery, these clean date anniversaries mark important achievements of sobriety. People in recovery may thank those who’ve helped them on their journey and reflect ​on their progress. Congratulating someone at these times is one way to be encouraging and inspiring.

Quotes for Sobriety Anniversary

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Even though every day of sobriety is an accomplishment, milestones provide an opportunity for others to celebrate with a person in recovery.
  • Keep expecting miracles! You are one of my favorite miracles!
  • “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis
  • Happy Soberversary!
  • I love watching you become who you’re meant to be. Growth and progress, not perfection.
  • Sobriety is your superpower!
  • Today is another amazing day to be grateful. I’m grateful for the wonderfully imperfect but lovable sober person you’ve become!
  • Congratulations on this anniversary of quitting! I hope to celebrate more with you in the future because I am not planning on ever quitting our friendship.
  • I’m proud to call you my friend and proud of your accomplishment!
  • Today marks the important day you chose to keep making the right decision all this time.
  • You are one of my favorite success stories. The story gets better and better the longer it goes. Keep up the great work!
  • You’re a work-in-progress, just like I am. Our friendship is also a work-in-progress, but I love it.
  • I know you aren’t supposed to get overly confident now that you’ve had some success, so I’ll just tell you that you’ve done a great job letting yourself be helped and working the steps.
  • This is a nice stop on your journey to remind you how far you’ve come and where you’re headed.
  • We’re acknowledging the time you’ve reclaimed in your life, so congratulations on a time well spent.
  • I have appreciated your friendship for a long time now, but I am especially grateful for the commitment you’ve made to stay sober to be the great friend you are.
  • Never quit quitting!
  • I’m happy that you’re exactly where you should be right now. You’re important to me right where you are.
  • You know I’m there for you when you screw up, but I enjoy it a lot more when you include me on occasions like this!
  • ‘One day at a time,’ just like how you have to approach your friendship with me.​

AA Sobriety Anniversary Quotes

  • “We’re all looking at the people around us, the people who have gone before us who have succeeded in recovery and have long-term sobriety and they are an illustration for us of how good it can be.” – Scott Stevens
  • “The hopeful part about that is when you do have that help, you will feel better. It still doesn’t make this easy. Nothing makes this easy, but you can make better decisions.” – David Sheff
  • “The CRAFT approach, developed by Bob Meyers at U of New Mexico, is one set of important tools that DO work, and it feels great to see families using these strategies and getting results, feeling hopeful again, feeling empowered, getting support, learning to trust themselves again, getting their lives and the lives of their children back.” – Jeff Foote, PhD
  • “Recovery is all about using our power to change our beliefs that are based on faulty data.” – Kevin McCormack
  • “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott
  • “I know, despite all my best efforts and deepest desires, that I can’t guarantee a happy, healthy, and successful path for my children; still, once in a while, I feel the tide touching my toes.” – D’Anne Burwell
sobriety anniversary quotes
Sobriety Anniversary Quotes: “This day of celebration means as much to me as it could mean to anyone. I have benefited greatly from your sobriety and your help over the years.”
  • “There is a place in this movement for everybody, whether you just want to share your story at a school, share your story with your neighbor or you want to speak to your legislator about how important supporting addiction recovery is for our communities.” – Greg Williams
  • “Positive thoughts and prayer have been the best means available, since the beginning of time, to transform darkness into light.” – Cate Stevens
  • “Get in touch with your intuition. The answers are inside if we have a process to be introspective.” – Dr. Herby Bell
  • “In recovery, your shape changes. For you to fit back into the rest of the puzzle, your life, the other pieces of the puzzle must also change their shapes to accommodate you.” – Augusten Burroughs
  • “We’re saying that the way people sustain ongoing, long-term change is through building a better life in ways that matter to them as individuals.” – Nicole Kosanke, PhD
  • “Our family is affected by addiction. I will accept it, find strength in God and my recovering community, and go forward.” – Libby Cataldi
  • “People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, and even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.” – Ramona L. Anderson
  • “I sought treatment and began the process of getting myself healthy and in return could make healthier decisions concerning my child. Self-care is critical and must not be neglected.” – Sharon LeGore
  • “Incarceration without recovery programming is ineffective for people who are coping with addiction. It’s common sense: Isolating and punishing don’t work. Love, inclusion, and help do.” – Ryan Hampton
  • “I never thought when I stumbled into the recovery rooms, 25 years ago, that I would be standing in the middle of this life I never could have imagined. I am peaceful. I am free and I am living.” – Sober and shameless, Kristina Wandzilak
  • “Yoga is a path that leads to true healing, happiness, and a successful thriving life.” – Tommy Rosen
  • “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” – George Chakiris
  • “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  • “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne
  • “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb
  • “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  • “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  • “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”  ―Marcus Aurelius

Sobriety Anniversary Messages

  • “Relax. Breathe. It takes time, but there is a great joy to be had in moments of every day. Just remember, you’re learning new steps, a new dance.” – Lisa Frederiksen
  • “We honor ourselves when we speak out for recovery. We show the world that recovery matters because it brings hope and peace into the lives of individuals and their loved ones.” – Beth Wilson
  • “It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.” – Richard Evans
  • “There are multiple pathways to addiction recovery and ALL are cause for celebration!” – William L. White
  • Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing. – Dean Dauphinais
  • “Every day men, women, and adolescents take their first steps on this journey. Dramatic changes do happen.” – Joe Herzanek
  • “When people see their behavior as inconsistent with their self-image or goals, their motivation to change can increase.” – Carrie Wilkens, PhD
sobriety anniversary quotes
Sobriety anniversary quotes: “Relax. Breathe. It takes time, but there is a great joy to be had in moments of every day. Just remember, you’re learning new steps, a new dance.” – Lisa Frederiksen
  • “Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom.” – Sharon Salzberg
  • “In my experience, and in the experience of most people I have talked with, the family’s recovery often coincides with or precedes the recovery of the addicted individual.” – Beverly Conyers
  • “We must desperately desire recovery with the same passion with which we pursue drugs.” – Mary Cook
  • “In a moment of clarity, out of nowhere, I saw that when I believed my thoughts I suffered, and when I questioned my thoughts I didn’t suffer, and I have come to see that this is true for every human being. – Bryon Katie
  • “You need to be bold enough and strong enough to let your loved one’s recovery unfold or not unfold as it is meant to, not as you want it to.” – Carole Bennett
  • With boundaries, it comes down to this, that you don’t support the illness, you support recovery.” – Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  • “By changing the way I interact with my drinker, I will help him come to the decision that entering treatment will improve his life.” – Robert Meyers, PhD
  • “Something exceptionally positive can come from our experiences. Your contribution to the growing momentum of this cause has great power. Perhaps you’ll reach someone before they have to know the glass monster room at all.” – Jody Lamb
  • “A compassionate approach leads to less addiction.” – Johann Hari
  • “When women sit in a circle a sacred space is created to work and create together, listen, learn and share with one another–to get support from one other.” – Shelley Richanbach
  • “Where there is life there is hope.” – Ron Grover
  • “The truth is that almost two-thirds of Americans have friends or family members who have struggled with addiction. – William Cope Moyers
  • Don’t let the past steal your present.” – Terri Guillemets
  • “Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind.” – Anne Fletcher
  • “Learn to listen, sit, contain, and just be with your children.” – Brad Reedy, PhD
  • “Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” – Dr. Phil McGraw
  • “Recovery is not simple abstinence. It’s about healing the brain, remembering how to feel, learning how to make good decisions, becoming the kind of person who can engage in healthy relationships, cultivating the willingness to accept help from others, daring to be honest, and opening up to doing.” – Debra Jay
  • “It takes a lot of strength to ride the storm of addiction, but it’s worth it.” – Maggie Swann
  • “The best gift you can give, besides your unconditional love, is to be strong for them when they are present and stronger for yourself when they are not!” – David Cooke
  • “Baby steps are key–baby steps and lots and lots of praise.” – Erica Spiegelman

Congratulate Someone on Their Recovery

  • This day of celebration means as much to me as it could mean to anyone. I have benefited greatly from your sobriety and your help over the years.
  • You continue to be an important source of knowledge, mentorship, and inspiration!
  • I look to you for inspiration all the time, and this anniversary of your sobriety is no exception. Congratulations on your huge milestone!
  • Your humility reminds me to keep my own pride under control. Congratulations on staying humble through such an amazing run of sobriety!
  • My life would be drastically different if it weren’t for your years of sobriety and what they’ve allowed you to do for me.
Sobriety Anniversary Quotes
Sobriety Anniversary Quotes: “Your humility reminds me to keep my own pride under control. Congratulations on staying humble through such an amazing run of sobriety!”
  • Let’s celebrate your years of sobriety! Your accomplishments amaze me. Think of all that you’ve done since your sober birthday.
  • You’ve been blessed with an opportunity to share the message of recovery and hope with others.

For Specific Amounts of Time

  • 24 hours: You’ve done what everyone in recovery has done today. You’ve taken one day at a time and you’ve made it to the next day! Now do it again!
  • 30 days: 30 days is no joke. You’ve come a long way since a month ago, and you still have so much bright future ahead of you. Keep on going!
  • 60 days: Two months down! You’re on a roll. Congratulations on your sustained sobriety!
  • 90 days: One quarter of a year has gone by in your sobriety. We are happy to celebrate this moment with you on your journey!
  • 6 Months: You have reclaimed half a year of your life back from substance use. I’m honored to congratulate you on your half-year of recovery.
  • 1 Year: There is perhaps no recovery anniversary more exciting than one year! Don’t let the excitement fade at any point over the next year. Every day is another small step in the right direction.​ May your next 365 bring you much happiness and fulfillment.
  • 18 months: You’re halfway from your first year to your next year. Way to stay the course! Each day will add up quickly and we’ll be celebrating again soon!
  • 5 Years: Your old life may be starting to fade into the background as you’ve distanced yourself. I’m so happy to be here to congratulate you on the drastically different life you’ve built-in recovery. Five years is a big deal!