Apple proudly claims that no matter what you need, “There’s an app for that.” It seems the famous catchphrase might be true, as now there are even apps for beating alcohol addiction. Here are 6 Android and iOS apps that will help you in your drive to recover from alcoholism.
6 Apps to Help You Recover From Alcoholism
AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker
One of the first steps to beating alcoholism is admitting you have a problem. If you’re not quite sure, the AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker can help you figure it out.
It features a drinks diary which allows you to clearly see your drinking habits. It also includes a blood alcohol calculator, to ensure you don’t get behind the wheel when you’re unfit to drive, and customizable drink settings. The app also makes it easy to share the results with your doctor or concerned loved ones.
The AlcoDroid Alcohol Track is free from Google Play.
One Day at a Time
Alcoholics Anonymous’ famous Big Book has gone digital with the One Day at a Time app. It offers all the daily prayers, promises, and meditation suggestions you need to help your recovery. You can even highlight your famous passages to refer to later.
The app also encourages you to track your progress to help you stay motivated. If you do start to slip, the app also provides a list of help lines to call.
Android and iOS customers can get One Day at a Time for $1.99. It’s also available for Blackberry and Windows phones for $3.99.
Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson
People travel from all corners of the globe to attend the lectures of Scottish hypnotherapist Andrew Johnson. But you needn’t shell out on the plane fare; just head to your favorite app store and download his wise words with Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson. It helps you beat cravings and put an end to negative self-talk through hypnotherapy, relaxation, and visualization exercises.
This app, like the others on this list, is no substitute for the help and guidance of support meetings and alcohol rehabilitation centers, but it’s an excellent additional tool for alcoholics seeking sobriety.
It’s available for $2.99 from iTunes and Google Play.
Biblical Encouragement – Alcohol Addiction
Dr. Benjamin Rush first theorized that religion could curb alcoholism in 1784. Since that time, more alcoholics have turned to faith to beat their addiction. If you’re one of them, you’re likely to find Biblical Encouragement – Alcohol Addiction useful.
The app encourages you to identify your feelings and provides relevant verses and commentary to help you work through these emotions. If a verse really resonates with you, you can share it with loved ones on social media, or via e-mail or text message.
Biblical Encouragement – Alcohol Addiction is available from iTunes for 99 cents.
MORE Field Guide to Life
The Hazelden Foundation’s taken what it’s learned running drug and alcohol treatment facilities and packaged it up in this neat app. It has so many useful features for recovery, including details of local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, inspirational testimonials from people who’ve beat their addiction, and an S.O.S button which contacts a sponsor with just one click.
“There are parts of the app that give you very tiny tasks you can do every day, and the idea of looking at that and realizing I can do something every single day and make progress is incredibly rewarding for me,” said Jon Hartman, who works at Hazelden after successfully completing one of its treatment programs.
MORE Field Guide to Life is available for $6.99 from iTunes and Google Play.
If you can’t spring for the MORE Field Guide to Life app, you can enjoy similar meetings functions for free on the Steps Away app. This app uses GPS technology to locate your nearest 12-step meetings. And, it answers all your questions in detail – such as how to get to your closest meeting, how far away it is, and when it’s on.
It can be difficult for alcoholics to find the courage to attend meetings, but consider this. A 1997 study found alcoholics had 80 percent alcohol-free days after attending meetings, compared to 20 percent before commencing treatment. The Steps Away app might give you the push you need to find the right meeting for you.
The free Steps Away app is available from iTunes.
Finally, you can check out an online sobriety calculator allowing you to determine how long it’s been since you’ve lived without alcohol.
Nothing can ever take the place of traditional meetings and rehab centers, but in the digital age, it makes sense to use every available tool on the path to recovery.