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 problems with alcohol than a decade ago, millions of Americans are still coping with alcohol addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The most recent numbers available recorded about 17.7 million Americans with an alcohol dependency in 2012.
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 10 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
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.
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
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 remain sober require daily commitment and dedication. It’s good to have as much help as you can.
Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now
Alcohol addiction doesn’t keep doctor office hours. You need the support of someone caring and knowledgeable at the spur of the moment. Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now lets you see a psychologist in video call when you’re ready to talk. If you can use a phone, you can use Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now. A few taps connect you with a provider, and a few more allow you to share your medical history and records. Use the code SEE4FREE to test out the service for free.
AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker
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. These numbers are useful for anyone looking to see how much they really drink.
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.
12 Steps AA Companion
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 know just how long you’ve been sober. It also includes all of text and tools found in “The Big Book” to help 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.
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 also help with both accountability and motivation. Enter your goal in the app — it could be as simple as “don’t drink today.” When you complete your goal successfully, the app throws a celebration for you!
My Daily Journal
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 to reconnect with.
Keep track of all of this with your phone’s journal. Add photos and even share an entry with others when you want. If you are looking for privacy, keep your entries password protected in this app.
I am Sober
Visualization is important in achieving any goal, and sobriety is no exception. As you make the journey towards a sober lifestyle, this app shows you your progress. In fact, as you continue to use the app, the homepage shows you how many years, months, and days you’ve been sober. There’s also a countdown to your next milestone for extra inspiration.
For some additional help, the app features a daily notification that acts as an electronic buddy system to remind you of your goals and progress.
Like the I am Sober app, Sobriety Counter functions as a monitor to help you keep track of how long you’ve been sober for. One difference is the cost (Sobriety Counter is free), while another is the homepage, which gives you the option of adding “sponsors.” Simply upload a picture and the contact information of your sponsor, and save for future use. This way, you can call your sponsor whenever a challenging moment should arise.
Unlike other counting apps, this one tracks your sobriety to the very minute and hour you had your last drink.
A positive mindset is crucial in overcoming any challenge, including alcohol abuse. Equipped with games, this app uses science to help elevate your mood. You can choose from a variety of categories to increase your happiness level, whether you want to boost gratefulness or even empathy.
In addition to the happiness-inspired games, the app helps you set a goal as well as a timeframe for completion. This can act as a happy reminder of your sobriety goals.
Take the First Step
If you have an alcohol addiction, making the decision to quit is hard and life changing. The path from addict to former addict is tough, but finding the right help can make the journey 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.
We selected these alcohol addiction recovery apps based on their potential to aid people 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 the needs of its community. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that have been successfully designed to make alcohol addiction more manageable.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the apps unless otherwise indicated.