In today’s society, it seems like they have an app for just about everything. Some are more beneficial than others, and some can even help us out in our sobriety. In the long list of topics for the apps you choose, not all are created equal. For example, If you forget where you park, there’s an app for that. If you really like cat paintings, there’s an app for that. There is even an app that helps you know the best time to pee during a movie (no joke, it’s called “Run Pee”)! So naturally, there are a ton of apps for someone living a sober life. And here are ten of the best ones I’ve found:
12 steps AA Companion
This sobriety app has a few different features that center around living a sober life. Probably the most commonly used is the sobriety calculator which lets you track the days that you have gone without a drink or drug. Not to mention, it features over 60 stories to help inspire you, along with information on the 12 steps. It also includes a contact book for sober supports, and even different prayers you can use.
This sobriety app focuses on effective solutions for emotional health. If you find that you are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or negative thoughts, this app is full of tools to help change your mood. By using different meditative ideas and positive perspective tools, it sounds like a fairytale that an application on your phone can help with such things but it’s been proven to make people actually feel better!
I am sober
Featuring not only a sobriety tracker, this app also helps you watch and monitor your savings since the freedom from drinking or using. It also includes the Sober Club feature to let you combine stats with other sober people and get connected with other people on the journey of recovery. It can also help you manage your day-to-day goals with daily notifications that can help you stay focused and prioritize your busy schedule.
This is one of the coolest meditation apps I have come across. Not only does it contain thousands of different guided meditations, but it also allows you to connect with friends and monitor each other’s meditation practices! My reading group uses this to keep each other accountable and on the right path. It also shows you local groups in your area that you can go to and meditate!
Stop drinking with Andrew Johnson
If you are wanting to stop drinking or determined to stay stopped, this app helps with recordings designed to calm our oftentimes chaotic alcoholic minds. Through the use of hypnotherapy and meditative techniques, it strives to improve your mental health and also curb cravings.
24 hours a day
Based on the daily spiritual meditation book that is predominately used in AA, 24 hours a day, this sobriety app features short daily meditations, and other spiritual and enlightening messages and reminders to keep us continually searching in our program.
My spiritual toolkit
This sobriety app is probably one of the other most widely used apps throughout my friends. Not only does it feature a journal that allows you to jot down thoughts and important pearls of wisdom on the go, but it also has a built-in spot-check inventory that you can use throughout your day to monitor your defects and make amends if necessary.
This app, one of my personal favorites, provides us with our own meetings anywhere we go. Stocked to the brim with over 300+ speakers at AA conventions around the globe, it is perfect if you’re having one of those days and can’t make it to a meeting. It also has the Big Book audiobook, 12 Steps, and 12 Traditions audiobook, and the Joe and Charlie Big Book Study series. This is an app that has helped me personally when I have been in some pretty funky mental states. It’s always amazing to hear people speak about the very same thing I’m going through
Positive affirmations are something everyone needs, but we often overlook them! We, alcoholics, have a tendency to get pretty down on ourselves, especially when life is moving fast and we aren’t sure where to go or what to do. When we get stressed out or ungrateful, we can just pop open the app, and get a whole new perspective on the situation. This sobriety app sends you a new message daily with an affirmation to help keep your gratitude and humility in check.
AA Big Book
Not only is this sobriety app free but it includes the full Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps and Traditions, daily prayers, and a feature for personal stories. The Big Book is the only guide to recovery that has been proven to work, and obviously, most people don’t want to carry it around with them all the time. This way you have the whole thing right on your phone!
In the hustle and bustle of our busy, responsible lives, it can be so easy for us to get swept away with the day-to-day noise. Usually, the phone is just another thing that can distract us from the beauty in our lives and the gift of sobriety. However, these sobriety apps, and the people who invented them, really figured out a way to keep recovery progressing with the times. Although I’m sure the original 100 would scoff if they were told that we would one day have miniature computers in our pockets to help us out in recovery, these apps really do help when we find ourselves in a bind or on the go and needing a quick pick me up. It will be really crazy in another 80 years to see how we utilize the program!
In Need of Detox?
It can be intimidating to know that addiction and alcoholism are always right around the corner. Sometimes getting that little push and having medical guidance can be what it takes. Relapse and active addiction/alcoholism are only as preventable as much as we value the sobriety we hold in our hands. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please contact us. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life in a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.