Just as going to church doesn’t make you a saint, being sober doesn’t mean that you’re cured. It doesn’t mean that you don’t think about getting drunk or high now and then or even every minute. Being sober means that you have taken back control of your life and that you no longer choose to be a slave to your addiction. It doesn’t mean that you are better than anyone or that you know all there is to know. It means that you are better than you used to be and that you know more than you used to know.

Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It’s like killing yourself, and then you’re reborn. I guess I’ve lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now.
—  Charles Bukowski