Recovery is a process that takes time. Even though every day of sobriety is an accomplishment, milestones provide 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 final relapse, or the day the person decided to get help.
For someone in 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.
Sobriety Congratulations Messages for Friends and Family
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
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 on 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 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 in order 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 in occasions like this!
'One day at a time,' just like how you have to approach your friendship with me.
To Your Sponsor or Other Person in 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.
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 to 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 that 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!