Overcoming an addiction is difficult, but these apps can help you break your habits from alcohol to gambling and everything in between.
Overcoming an addiction is difficult, so much that some would even call the task impossible, but it's not. To recover from an addiction — whether it be from drugs, alcohol, substance abuse or others — you'll need to remain dedicated and focused at all times. In addition, you'll need as much help as you can get.
One place you might not think to look for help is on your mobile device, smartphone or tablet. Believe it or not, there are tons of mobile apps that are designed to help with an addiction.
The kind of recovery apps we're talking about will provide a wide variety of tools, guides, resources and even contacts to aid you during your recovery process. They can do things like track the time you spend sober, reach out to a sponsor, find and share the location of recovery meetings, help you manage your triggers or emotions, deliver daily inspirations, and much more.
App Options for Fighting Addictions
Please keep in mind while these apps work great, they are not a true substitute for a recovery plan drawn up by a professional. If you have a serious case of addiction, please be sure to seek professional help at a rehab center like Clarity Way or at AA. At the very least, get aid from a professional and don't try to go it alone.
Alcohol Addiction: 12 Steps AA Companion
If you suffer from alcohol addiction, then you're probably no stranger to Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 Steps companion app is designed to help you through the rigorous recovery process as designated by the AA program.
It offers daily meditations and exercises, a sobriety tracker, and even an AA meeting locator with GPS maps support.
Narcotics Addiction: SoberTool
This app can be used for any addiction, really, and since it's free on both platforms — iOS and Android — everyone has easy access to it.
SoberTool is specifically designed to prevent relapses. While some programs might teach you relapses are natural, you're much better off avoiding them completely for obvious reasons.
This app will allow you to identify patterns of thoughts, actions and emotions that often lead you to a relapse. It will then use this information to steer you away from your addiction and into more sober thinking. A unique sobriety time and money tracker will help you better visualize how staying sober affects your life.
Smoking Addiction: Quit Now
This app is free on both iOS and Android, and it offers English and Spanish support.
It encourages a smoke-free life by allowing you to track and monitor the time you spend without tobacco. It shows you by counting the money and time you save while you're sober and presents various health tips to help you recover from the detrimental effects of smoking tobacco.
For Android users, there's even a widget that you can add to your home screen.
Gambling Addiction or Eating Disorder: Afternoon Affirmations
This app is good for any addiction and is designed to keep you uplifted on your journey to recovery.
Once installed, the app will display inspirational quotes through photos, videos and other media on a daily basis at precisely 1 PM. While it doesn't provide extensive advice for avoiding a relapse or offer alternate resources for addiction, it can help you stay positive.
Sorry, Android users, it's iOS only, but you can check out the alternative Positive Affirmations — link below.
There are Plenty of Other Recovery Apps
These are just a small handful of recovery apps available for mobile devices. Don't be afraid to explore the app markets for your device(s). Just because it's listed here doesn't necessarily mean you have to use it, and it doesn't mean it's going to work well for you either. You might be able to find something better on your own.
The important thing is you're doing everything you can to stay sober and away from a relapse. Don't be afraid to ask for help or seek it out in any way you can.
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