The 19 Best Alcoholism iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
The 19 Best Apps for Recovering Alcoholics
Alcoholism is a serious disease that can endanger your health and personal relationships. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 18 million American adults struggle with alcoholism.
If you have made the brave decision to quit drinking, you’ll want all the help you can get. Our “Best of Alcoholism” apps roundup offers aid and encouragement at the swipe of a finger. Use these highly rated, inexpensive programs along with conventional alcohol abuse treatment to make staying sober a little easier.
Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson
People worldwide travel to England to attend life-changing lectures from licensed hypnotist and stress management expert Andrew Johnson. Now Johnson's thoughtful, inspiring words are available to those interested in quitting drinking.
Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson is designed to help you beat your alcohol cravings and break negative self-talk with this powerful motivational app. Johnson’s program relies on effective relaxation, hypnotherapy, positive suggestions, and visualization to turn your self-destructive thinking and behavior around.
Biblical Encouragement - Alcohol Addiction
iPhone – 4.5 stars/9 ratings – $0.99
Some people turn to a higher power during periods of great hardship. If you're in the midst of a recovery program, you're probably feeling many difficult emotions and physical symptoms. WorldLink’s Biblical Encouragement – Alcohol Addiction app provides uplifting biblical verses to match each one.
Start by selecting from 35 common feelings like addicted, anxious, doubtful, and frustrated. Take comfort from the verses and commentary provided. Even better, share these powerful statements with others struggling with alcohol addiction via email, text, and social media.
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Anyone who's ever battled alcoholism will tell you that it takes round-the-clock effort. Enter Twenty-Four Hours a Day, the classic daily meditation book that has sold over nine million copies and has helped alcoholics worldwide.
Now, with the Twenty-Four Hours a Day app, it's even more portable. Turn to this complete collection of thoughts, meditations, and prayers anytime temptation overtakes you. The inspirational material has already encouraged legions of addicts along the road to recovery, and may help you too.
Blood Alcohol Calculator
Android – 3.6 stars/206 ratings – Free
If you have a serious drinking problem, you’re more likely to put yourself in dangerous situations. Drunk driving is just one example. According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report, close to 30 people in the United States die each day as a result of drunk driving.
So before you get behind the wheel—after even just one drink—turn to Blood Alcohol Calculator (BAC) to learn if you're safe to drive. Input the number, size, and alcohol percentage of drinks you’ve had, along the number of hours you've been drinking. You'll get your estimated alcohol content level, the information you need to keep yourself and others safe on the road.
AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker
Android – 4.5 stars/1655 ratings – Free
Because alcohol can cause forgetfulness, sometimes the best way to uncover whether you have a drinking problem is to track it. AlcoDroid acts as a drinks diary. The tracking program helps you get a handle on whether you're drinking more than you'd like.
Other important features include a built-in blood alcohol content calculator and customizable drink presets. Log your liquor quickly and easily while on the go. Logbooks and charts display daily, weekly, and monthly consumption statistics, which are easily sharable with your doctor.
SoberApp - Alcohol Calculator
Android – 4 stars/400 ratings – Free
When you're drunk, your cognitive abilities are hindered and your motor skills are impaired. Emotions are exaggerated, and your memories are fragmented. Clearly that's not the easiest time to track your drinking. That's where SoberApp comes in.
SoberApp monitors the number of drinks you’ve had and estimates your BAC and reaction times through a built-in reaction test. Just enter your gender, weight, and drinking details. The app also predicts when you'll be safe to drive and tells you where to find a nearby taxi.
Features include photos of over 3,100 popular brands and cocktails to choose from, barcode scanning, and voice recognition. Finding your beverage of choice becomes foolproof, even when you're at your most intoxicated.
Blood Alcohol Calculator
Android – 3.4 stars/497 ratings – Free
There are few experiences as unnerving as being pulled over by a police officer for suspicion of drunk driving. Being subjected to a series of balance tests and the tell-no-lie breathalyzer test is no picnic either.
Prevent this from happening with the Blood Alcohol Calculator. With a database of all your favorite drinks and more, this useful, easy-to-use app can estimate how safe it is for you to drive. When it comes to drunk driving, it’s always better to err on the side of safety.
12 Steps AA Companion
Since the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its well-known Twelve Step program have been helping alcoholics all over the world recover from addiction. The program has even been adapted to help other types of addictions including drugs, sex, gambling, and smoking.
Now you can carry your Twelve Steps with you wherever you go with the 12 Steps AA Companion. This app can help you view your length of sobriety, reread the groundbreaking Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, say prayers, and make promises. Sometimes you just feel the need for some face-to-face contact with fellow alcoholics. Twelve Steps AA Companion can direct you to the nearest meeting and support services as well.
One Day At A Time
Distractions can often help you feel better when cravings are at their worst. There's no better distraction than a good book—or in this case, Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism.
The One Day at a Time app brings "The Big Book" to you along with daily prayers, promises, and meditations. Sobriety tracking and access to helpful phone numbers keep you progressing or "stepping" in the right direction.
Trained practitioners have used hypnotherapy for centuries to create an aversion towards all kinds of substances including alcohol.
Darren Marks, one of the UK's leading hypnotherapists, developed the Control Alcohol app. Its tools and programs help you recognize your drinking limits and when to stop.
Whether you want to stop drinking altogether or just cut back, Marks preps you for the process. You'll enjoy several potent yet relaxing hypnosis audio sessions, tranquility inducing, accompanying video animations, interviews, and alcohol control tips. So sit back, relax, and reduce your drinking.
Lift - Goal Tracking
iPhone – current version not yet rated – Free
Quitting drinking is tough, no doubt about it. Encouragement, accountability, and support can all make the road to sobriety a smoother journey. Lift – Goal Tracking lets you document your progress so you can easily see how far you’ve come.
Create a goal of making it through just one day without a drink, then do it again the next day, and the next. Soon you’ll be getting into new and healthier habits. You can set reminder alarms to make sure you get to your AA meeting on time too.
Joe and Charlie
iPhone – 4 stars/70 ratings – $2.99
“The Big Book,” otherwise known as Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, is the central core of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) recovery program. The writings outline each of the 12 steps to recovery, as well as personal stories that can inspire you to overcome alcohol addiction.
Joe and Charlie are lifelong friends who share an admiration of The Big Book. Their eponymous app contains presentations Joe and Charlie have made about The Big Book throughout the years and around the country. Material includes chapters on AA history and doctors’ opinions on alcoholism.
iPhone – 4 stars/71 ratings – $1.99
Following through with an alcohol recovery program takes every bit of strength and determination you have. Sure, it’s stressful, but being healthier is worth it.
Mindfulness meditation combines visualization and body awareness to help you relax and de-stress. Meditation teaches coping mechanisms so you can accept yourself without judgment. A 2009 issue of Substance Abuse even notes that meditation can be beneficial to people struggling with alcoholism.
The Mindfulness Meditation app takes you through the steps of getting comfortable and scheduling meditation breaks throughout your busy day. You’ll get plenty of tips along the way. Choose your meditation time (5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes), switch to the relax mode when you’re done, and share your success on your favorite social media platform.
iPhone – 4.5 stars/240 ratings – Free
As you work through the steps to recovery from alcohol abuse, you’re bound to hit a few emotional roadblocks now and then. Don’t let anger, anxiety, sadness, or plain old stress de-rail you from your goals of becoming sober. Take it one breath at a time.
Breathe2Relax monitors your breathing. It will tell you how to adjust the length of your inhalation and exhalation, and show you how each body system calms down when you focus on respiration.
Focused breathing tools can play a positive role not only in your fight to leave alcohol behind, but any stressful situation that crops up in your life.
iPromises Recovery Companion
iPhone – 3.5 stars/74 ratings – Free
Recovering from alcohol addiction means you’re making a lot of changes in your life. You might be making new friends and leaving old ones behind. Daily or weekly support groups are sure to factor into your already-busy schedule. Use this handy app to coordinate, communicate, and keep yourself accountable.
Choose from more than 12 different emotions and states of mind (ex. frustrated, tired, hungry, fearful) and record how you’re feeling each day. Set reminders of meeting times or use the GPS function to find a local AA meeting when you’re out of town. A daily delivery of positive messages helps you stay on track with your goals. Make getting in touch with a friendly face easy by storing contact information for your family and friends.
iPhone – 3 stars/22 ratings – Free
Recovering from addiction or even just going through a tough time highlights the dark side of life. Tough decisions and the negative emotions can make you question where life’s goodness is hiding.
The Afternoon Affirmations app inspires light, beauty, and peace. This app will give you positive energy to see your way through the darkness to the other side.
A daily positive thought pings into your inbox around 1pm. See an abbreviated version or expand to view an in-depth affirmation designed to fill you with a sense of calm and a gentle push onto the right path.
iPhone – 4 stars/108 ratings – Free
Nobody likes to feel alone. When you’re struggling to get sober, a network filled with supportive friends, family, and yes—even strangers—can be a tremendous help.
Your doctor most likely referred you to a local 12-step meeting where you can listen to the stories of those who have walked in your shoes and share your own.
Steps Away is a tool for managing your regular meetings and finding one when you’re in need of someone to talk to. The GPS function gives directions, shows mileage, and displays maps and times. All you need to do is show up and walk through the door.
White Noise Lite
iPhone - 4.5 stars/140 ratings – Free
Getting to sobriety is an arduous task that may make you feel like your brain never stops. Thoughts about drinking and how it’s affected your life swirl through your mind at the most inopportune times, like when you’re trying to go to sleep. In time, your brain will calm down. For the moment, you need rest to achieve the strength for recovery.
Enter White Noise Lite, an app that distracts you from your thoughts through sound. Choose from 10 or 15 sounds that block noises that keep you awake. Playing around with the tools, alarms, volume, and pitch frequencies can be a distraction in of itself!
My Daily Journal
iPhone – 4 stars with 84 ratings – $1.99
As a recovering alcoholic, you’ve got a lot of personal homework to do. You’ll need to make amends with friends and family members and become aware of triggers that cause you to drink. This will require a lot of journaling about feelings, thoughts, and actions.
My Daily Journal gives you a safe place to record your intimate thoughts and when desired, to share them with others via social media outlets. Choose from a wide range of fonts, backgrounds, and colors. You can tag entries to return to them easily. All entries are password protected to ensure your privacy.
Getting More Help
If you’ve decided now is the time to stop drinking, congratulations! You have a tough journey ahead of you, but you’ve chosen the right path.
Apps and books are fantastic tools to help you recover from alcohol abuse, but they aren’t a substitute for medical help. Speak to your doctor about your alcoholism to develop a healthy, realistic plan of attack to help you leave alcohol in the past.
We selected these alcoholism apps based on their potential to aid people who suffer from this disease. Additional factors included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to patients’ needs. This list represents a wide range of helpful iPhone and Android apps that make it easier to manage recovery.
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.
- Alcoholism: MedlinePlus. (2013). National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health. Retrieved July 29, 2013, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/alcoholism.html
- CDC - Impaired Driving Facts - Motor Vehicle Safety - Injury Center. (2013). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved July 29, 2013, from http://www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Impaired_Driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html
- Mindfulness Meditation for Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Review. (2009). Substance abuse : official publication of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. Retrieved July 29, 2013, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2800788/?report=reader