The Best Alcoholism iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • The Best Apps for Recovering Alcoholics

    The Best Apps for Recovering Alcoholics

    If you’re struggling with stepping away from alcohol, you’re not alone. Even though fewer people are battling alcohol than a decade ago, 17.7 million Americans are coping with alcohol addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Whether you’re trying to remain sober, cut back, or just get a handle on how much you drink each day, these mobile apps can help. We’ve rounded up 19 of the best apps that will motivate and hold you accountable when you decide it’s time to quit for good.

  • Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson

    Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson

    iPhone – 4 stars with 58 reviews – $2.99

    Android – 4.2 stars with 29 reviews – $2.99

    English hypnotist and stress-management coach Andrew Johnson has been helping people find calm and order for almost two decades. Now, he brings his relaxation techniques and visualization tools to alcohol addiction recovery.

    Whether you’ve only just begun your journey or you’ve been alcohol-free for several decades, Johnson’s techniques may help you find calm and tranquility so you can handle stress without turning to alcohol.

  • Biblical Encouragement - Alcohol Addiction

    Biblical Encouragement - Alcohol Addiction

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 24 reviews – $0.99

    Many people trying to defeat addiction turn to Christian scripture for support and encouragement. WorldLink, Inc.’s Biblical Encouragement – Alcohol Addiction app brings the Bible to the mobile screen.

    Whether you’ve recently quit or you’re battling cravings for the first time in several alcohol-free years, this app is designed to supply words of wisdom for every stage of the journey.

    Highlight favorite verses that really inspire you, and return to them later. You can even share verses through Facebook, text, or email.

  • Twenty-Four Hours a Day

    Twenty-Four Hours a Day

    iPhone – 5 stars with 1,052 reviews – $4.99

    Android – 4.6 stars with 75 reviews – $4.99

    This app coordinates with the book “Twenty-Four Hours a Day,” a meditation and prayer book based on Hazelden Meditations. Now you can take the collection of prayers and meditations with you anywhere. When you’re facing a particularly challenging situation, pull out your phone, read your daily meditation, and find comfort once again in the choice you made to quit.

    After all, as anyone who has battled addiction knows, staying sober requires around-the-clock work. The struggles to quit and stay quit require daily commitment and dedication. It’s good to have as much help as you can.

  • AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker

    AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker

    Android – 4.5 stars with 2,316 reviews – Free

    When you’ve had too much to drink or have difficulties remembering how much you’ve consumed, this app can help. AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker lets you count the number of drinks you’ve had on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

    If you’re trying to reduce your drink count, set a goal and track it to see how well you’re doing. An in-app blood alcohol calculator also gives you a reading of how intoxicated you are and shows an estimated level of sobriety. If accountability is key to your goals, share your drinks via social apps or email for others to see.

  • SoberApp - Alcohol Calculator

    SoberApp - Alcohol Calculator

    Android – 4.1 stars with 571 reviews – Free

    It can be hard to accurately judge your level of intoxication. Sometimes you feel more sober than you actually are. This app can help.

    Before you turn up your first glass, enter your weight and gender. Select your drink from the database of 3,100 beverages and track how many you have. Using this information, the app can estimate your blood alcohol content, and it can tell you when you’ll likely be sober enough to drive. If you’re too intoxicated to drive any time soon, SoberApp can even help you locate a nearby taxi service.

  • Blood Alcohol Calculator

    Blood Alcohol Calculator

    Android – 3.3 stars with 545 reviews – Free

    If you think you’re sober enough to drive, this app can give you an estimated thumbs up or thumbs down. Tell the Blood Alcohol Calculator your weight, what you’ve had to drink, and when. It will show you an estimated blood alcohol content, which lets you know if you might be legally sober enough to get behind the wheel.

    Just remember: Driving while intoxicated is not only illegal, it’s dangerous and possibly deadly. Each year, more than 13,300 people are killed in alcohol-related deaths, according to the United States Department of Transportation

  • 12 Steps AA Companion

    12 Steps AA Companion

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 1,569 reviews – $2.99

    Android – 3.5 stars with 1,285 reviews – $1.99

    Thanks to your smartphone, you can now carry the wisdom of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) with you wherever you go.

    This app maintains a running sobriety calculator, so you can know just how long you’ve been sober. It also includes all of “The Big Book” text and tools for helping you study and remember important passages. If you want to encourage others with an uplifting message, the Notes section lets you share via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

    If you’re ever in an unfamiliar city and need to find a meeting, this app can direct you to nearby offices and meeting destinations too.

  • One Day at a Time

    One Day at a Time

    iPhone – 3 stars with 317 reviews – $1.99

    Android – 4.4 stars with 528 reviews – $1.99

    People familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) will recognize this app’s contents quickly. One Day at a Time makes “The Big Book” portable and interactive. When you need a distraction or just a bit of encouragement, take out your phone and read through your current step in your recovery, past steps, prayers, or inspirational messages.

    You can also keep up with your friends’ sobriety and track your own. This app can serve as a gentle reminder and a constant source of motivation when you need a little help to get by. 

  • Control Alcohol

    Control Alcohol

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 16 reviews – $4.99

    Android – 4.6 stars with 20 reviews – $4.99

    Darren Marks, a British hypnotist, brings his brand of hypnotherapy and addiction recovery straight to your phone. Marks’ goal is to help you understand how much you’re drinking, learn when to stop, and eventually cut back your consumption.

    This app contains several hypnosis sessions designed to help you reach a deep hypnotic and meditative state easily and quickly. You can also read Marks’ tips for controlling your alcohol and watch interviews with Marks. He discusses his practices and how you can better utilize the app to get and stay sober.

  • Lift – Daily Motivation

    Lift – Daily Motivation

    iPhone – 4 stars with 104 reviews – Free

    Android – 3.5 stars with 2,292 reviews – Free

    Goals are important when you’re trying to quit. Keep your goals simple and realistic at first. Then make sure you’re held accountable for them. If you need a little extra encouragement to reach your goal, this app can provide personal coaching geared toward your needs.

    This app can help with both accountability and motivation. Enter your goal in the app — it could be as simple as “do not drink today.” When you complete your goal successfully, the app throws a celebration for you!

  • Joe and Charlie

    Joe and Charlie

    iPhone – 4 stars with 75 reviews – $2.99

    Alcoholics Anonymous connected Joe McQ. and Charlie P. several decades ago. Together they’ve developed a lifelong friendship, remained sober, and encouraged each other and others throughout their journeys.

    Over time, the duo created a series of study sessions based on the book “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism,” also called “The Big Book.” Today you can download the sessions they’ve presented across the country. Pop in your ear buds when you’re walking or working, and soak up their wisdom and experience.

  • Mindfulness Meditation

    Mindfulness Meditation

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 203 reviews – $1.99

    Meditation can help people find calm, reduce stress, and refocus. A recovering alcoholic needs all of these things at many points in their journey. Instead of seeking out an expensive meditation studio, help might be as close as your phone.

    The Mindfulness Meditation app can help you create time for meditation in your busy day. Select the session length you desire, and then follow the app’s audio cues to relax and unwind. Once the session is over, you can share your mindfulness meditation experience with a friend.

  • Breathe2Relax

    Breathe2Relax

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 285 reviews – Free

    Android – 4.1 stars with 240 reviews – Free

    Breathing has a powerful effect on the body. It’s vital to life of course, but it also has a tremendous ability to invigorate or relax your body. Throughout your journey to sobriety, you’re destined to meet many emotional triggers. You may become angry, upset, exhausted, or frustrated.

    In all these cases, the Breathe2Relax app can help you return to a place of calm and tranquility by encouraging better breathing techniques. Follow the app’s guided breathing exercises when you need to reach a better mental state. It may feel forced at first, but eventually you may find it relaxing and refreshing.

  • iPromises Recovery Companion

    iPromises Recovery Companion

    iPhone – 3 stars with 147 reviews – Free

    Change is constant, but when you’re trying to become sober, you’ll experience a great deal of change all at once. You’ll have appointments to make, sponsors to meet, and friends to see. Schedule the appointments through your app, and it can remember everything for you.

    Each day, the app greets you with a positive message. It can even connect you with friends and family when you need a little boost of encouragement. If you need help finding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting while you’re out of town, the app can find one for you too.

  • Afternoon Affirmations

    Afternoon Affirmations

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 30 reviews – Free

    Making the decision to stop drinking is hard. Getting sober is harder. Staying sober is downright difficult. Motivation and affirmation can go a long way toward smoothing a rocky road.

    This app’s function is very simple: At 1 p.m. each day, it delivers a message of affirmation to your phone. Read it, reflect on it, and apply it to where you are in your day. “I really enjoy the affirmations,” wrote Apple user ImaCraftiMama. “They give me good stuff to reflect on each day, and I appreciate the reminder.”

  • White Noise Lite

    White Noise Lite

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 111,804 reviews – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 24,543 reviews – Free

    Nighttime might be a difficult time in your journey to sobriety. At night, your brain is free to focus on the things you’ve ignored all day. Before you know it, you’ve been lying in bed for hours, restless and awake.

    This app is designed to help your brain block the distracting thoughts, relax, and drift off to sleep. It contains 10 soothing sounds that can transform your bedroom into a blissful oasis. While you’re getting shuteye, the app continues to block all frequencies of sound that could disturb your slumber.

  • My Daily Journal

    My Daily Journal

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 2,228 reviews – $1.99

    Your journal is a powerful tool in your journey to sobriety. As you strive to quit drinking and regain control of your life, you have a lot of things to monitor: how much you’re drinking, what triggered your drinking, and what emotions you experience when you’re drinking. You also have a lot of relationships to heal and people with whom you need to reconnect.

    Keep track of all of this with your phone’s journal. Add photos and even share the entry when you want. Instead of toting around a not-so-private paper diary, keep your entries password-protected in this app.

  • Drinking Buddy

    Drinking Buddy

    Android – 5 stars with 6 reviews – $0.99

    Sometimes the goal isn’t to quit entirely. Instead, you just want to cut back and be more aware either for sobriety reasons or financial ones. Update this app with how much you’re drinking, and it can tell you when you’ve reached your self-imposed limit. You can see how your drinking habits change over the course of several weeks and months.

    When the app calculates your blood alcohol content and finds your level has exceeded legal or safe limits, it automatically cues your phone to call an emergency contact for a ride home.

  • DrinkControl

    DrinkControl

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 34 reviews – $2.99

    Android – 4.1 stars with 15 reviews – Free

    A moderate drinking level for one person may be excessive for someone else. Let this app help you see how much you’re really drinking, both in terms of alcohol units and dollars.

    Engage the app when you’re out having drinks. Over the course of days, weeks, and months, it can show you how much you’re drinking and tell you if you’ve surpassed suggested limits. The app may not be designed specifically to help you cut back on your drinking level, but recognizing how much you’re actually drinking may do just that.

  • Take the First Step

    Take the First Step

    If you have an alcohol addiction, making the decision to quit is hard, but it’s life changing. The path from addict to former addict is tough, but finding the right help can make the path easier.

    Each person has their own path, but you can learn a lot from what others have experienced. Work with a healthcare professional, addiction specialist, or therapist to find a plan that works best for you. It may include books, therapy groups, or even your smartphone. No matter what path you take, know that it’s a journey worth taking.

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these alcohol addiction recovery apps based on their potential to aid people in with addiction in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to alcohol addiction and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make alcohol addiction more manageable.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) haven’t approved them unless otherwise indicated.

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