60 Positive Affirmations for Recovering Addicts

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In last week’s post we discussed the difference between guilt and shame, noting that guilt is a positive force in terms of changing behavior, while shame is quite the opposite, keeping us stuck in the quagmire of bad behavior. We also discussed the fact that daily affirmations are the most effective way to combat the destructive power of shame.

Affirmations are declarative “I am” statements that are positive in nature, such as, “I am a worthwhile and caring friend.” Affirmations should always be stated as if they are reality, rather than aspirational. Affirmations are powerful messages that confirm our worth and validate that we are not defined by our past thinking and behaviors. Generally, affirmations are stated aloud on a daily basis, often several times per day, as a way to replace a shame-distorted sense of self with self-esteem.

Unfortunately, many recovering addicts, especially those new to the healing process, struggle to come up with positive affirmations. If that is the case for you, the following list of suggested affirmations might help you get started.

  1. I am working my recovery.
  2. I am an imperfect yet worthwhile person.
  3. I have value and worth.
  4. I can love myself and accept my past.
  5. I am a worthwhile person, exactly as God intended me to be.
  6. I am finding my integrity one day at a time.
  7. I am worthy of love and acceptance, exactly as I am.
  8. Today, I choose to live in the moment.
  9. My past actions do not define me in the present.
  10. I am able to give and receive love.
  11. I respect the boundaries of others.
  12. I am recovering with the help of others.
  13. I have done bad things, but I am not a bad person.
  14. It is OK for me to talk to others about what I am thinking and feeling.
  15. I am letting go of my shame.
  16. I am fully present today.
  17. I can heal and forgive myself for the harms I have caused.
  18. I am a better person today than I was yesterday.
  19. I am able to ask for and accept help when I need it without feeling ashamed.
  20. Today, I choose to reach out to others before I act out in my addiction.
  21. I have compassion for myself and for others.
  22. I am happy living my life one day at a time.
  23. I am striving for progress, not perfection.
  24. I am living a better life today than yesterday.
  25. I am making positive changes in my life, one step at a time.
  26. Today, my heart is clean.
  27. I am fearlessly and rigorously honest in all aspects of life.
  28. Outward failures are learning opportunities. They no longer dishearten me.
  29. I am living a life of integrity.
  30. Today, I am living my values.
  31. Negative feelings are just feelings. They don’t last.
  32. I honor who I am.
  33. I am worth loving. There is love all around me.
  34. I am recovering and healing, one day at a time.
  35. I am enough.
  36. I am the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
  37. Today, I choose to be myself, and to be happy with who I am.
  38. I believe in myself and my abilities.
  39. Today, I will do small things with great love.
  40. My sobriety is a journey, not a destination. Today I will enjoy the journey.
  41. My recovery works when I work it.
  42. I am worth the effort of recovery.
  43. I am responsible for the effort, not the outcome.
  44. Today, I am stronger than my addiction.
  45. I like myself.
  46. Happiness is within me.
  47. My life belongs to me, not my addiction.
  48. I appreciate and cherish the true me more and more each day.
  49. I am a happy, peaceful person.
  50. I am a strong person with healthy habits.
  51. I am capable of healthy relationships with others.
  52. My spirit is healing.
  53. Today, I am walking the right path.
  54. I am living as God intended.
  55. All of my problems have a solution.
  56. I am proud of myself.
  57. I deserve to be sober and to heal.
  58. I can and I will.
  59. Today, I have a choice. And the choice I make is sobriety.
  60. When troubled, I can stop, breathe, and reach out for help.