4/19/2015

5 Best iPhone and Android Apps for Recovering Alcoholics

Drinking plays a big part in most people's social circles, and while some people have little problem keeping their drinking at a reasonable level, there are millions of people across the country that suffer from alcoholism. According to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, for those 16.6 million adults ages 18 and up, a full 7 percent of those who drink had an AUD in 2013. Overcoming alcoholism can be an extremely difficult task, often requiring rehab and tremendous individual effort. One of the new tools recovering alcoholics can now put to use in their battle is the smartphone. There are several apps available to help monitor drinking levels and aid in the recovery process. It might seem a bit far-fetched, but there have already been positive studies surrounding apps in this area. Using rehab centers and support groups are still, of course, the most effective and beneficial for recovering alcoholics, but here are a few apps to help along the way.

Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson

Available both on iPhone and Android systems, this app is based on the stress-management coaching of the guru Andrew Johnson who's been in the game of helping people for nearly to two decades. The app features a number of relaxation techniques and visualization tools that are designed to help with alcohol addiction recovery. It can be useful, whether the person has been alcohol-free for a while already, or is just beginning their journey.

12 Steps AA Companion

The long time popular Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) support group has come up with an app so that recoveries can access their help from anywhere.  Both iPhone and Android users can download the app and use its features which include a running sobriety calculator, all of "The Big Book" text, allows users to send and share uplifting messages, and even incorporates the use of social media.  Another great feature is a map tool that allows users to find the nearest AA offices and meeting destinations.



Biblical Encouragement - Alcohol Addiction 

Religion often plays a large part in recovery and owners of the iPhone can turn to this app for Christian scripture that gives them support and encouragement. Regardless of what phase the recovery is at, this app offers words of wisdom to help and inspire. One of the great features is the power to share favorite passages through Facebook, text, and email.

AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker

Here's one only available on Android systems.  It's an alcohol consumption tracker that lets users count the drinks they've had that day, week, or month.  Someone attempting complete sobriety may not find this very useful, but those who are ready to drink can keep track of their blood alcohol level using the calculator tool. This app helps hold you accountable via social apps or email.  It's just one of several different alcohol tracking apps.

My Daily Journal

Writing is often one of the most powerful tools a person can have in any recovery program and this iPhone app allows users the freedom to journal from any location, and even add photos or share entries when they wish. They can write about what triggers usage, any emotions they have before, during or after cravings, and anything they need to get off their chest.  Entries can be password protected so private thoughts and emotions are kept safe.


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