5 Addiction Recovery Mobile Apps You Should Check Out Today.
Can a smartphone keep you sober? No, there’s no app for that. Your smartphone can be a gateway for temptation, but it could also be a tool to keep you on your road to recovery. Transporting recovery help right to your iPhone or Android can be a life saver. Here are 5 recovery apps to help make your journey a bit easier. They are in no particular order, these reviews have been popular so comment below if you know of any apps/technologies that you’ve used to stay clean. We’ll include them in the upcoming edition, so let us know quickly!
1) 12 Steps AA Companion App:
Touted as the The ORIGINAL & MOST COMPREHENSIVE sobriety tool available for members of Alcoholics Anonymous, Dean Huff provides the Big Book, and also allows you to view your length of sobriety each time the app is opened, having the actual date is strong re-enforcement. You can also calculate the length of sobriety of all your friends. It’s an efficient app, and the actual app icon does not show references to AA to protect anonymity. Very thoughtful. Check it out here: 12 Steps AA Companion App
With a feature packed Big Book reader, search tool, sobriety calculator, notes, AA contacts database and more, your experience is unmatched! Every member of AA will find this app very useful yet quite simple to use.
2) Emotional Eating App: Mindful Meals iPhone App:
This app can take the trophy very quickly with regular updates… Studies show that most people who have long-term issues with weight loss also possess a deep emotional connection with food. “Yo-yo dieters,” as they are sometimes dubbed, cannot control food intake because food is so tied up in how they are feeling.
So, here’s where Mindful Meals comes in. What if the minute you think about food and eating, you simply become more “mindful” about it? You go to your Mindful Meals app and begin the journey of discovering what’s up with your desire for that donut… or that pizza… or burger… or fill in the blank with your fatty, unhealthy–but oh, so comforting–concoction. Mindful Meals will gently tug you back to being present with your feelings at the precise time of your intense desire to soothe with something to eat.
Mindful Meals is easy to download, easy to use. Created by Mobile Recovery LLC, it’s just $1.99 and available now in the App Store. If you are serious about getting down to the root of your emotional eating, and keeping the weight off long term, Mindful Meals is a must-have on your phone.
3) The Sponsored Support iPhone App:
This program helps keep you honest as when you contact your sponsor it will let them know where you are by using GPS to send a map of your location. And a detailed message that you need their support now and for them to reach out to you. Or, at the push of one button call that sponsor directly and be a direct link to help.
This program is there to make sure you get the he help you need when you need it most and the people who support you know how to contact you and where you can be reached.
Sponsor Support is designed so that in the click of a few short buttons you can either:
- Contact Your Sponsor- Send a pre-programmed message out to your Sponsor letting them you can use their assistance, to have this kind of contact at the push of one button can make all the difference, Contact them via voice or E-mail
- Success Calendar - Keep track of all your days of success with our in app success tracker, again this can keep you focused as you see the amount of days you have been successful build up each day. You can truly understand your level of commitment and accomplishment.
- Daily Journal - Journal your thoughts of the day and keep dated records of your good times and bad, have a document that is your in app journal
- Group Contacts – Keep your group contacts ready for you to e-mail or dial at your finger tips, easy and ready for you to access at the touch of one button
- Medical Contacts – Keep records of all your Doctors and Medical contacts organized and ready for a time of need or just to keep you focused on your support people.
4) AA Speakers To Go – Alcoholics Anonymous: By Calidad Systems:
Have you ever been entertaining guests at your house and playing the iPod on random shuffle? All of the sudden you hear: “Hi my name is Chris and I am a grateful Recovered Alcoholic!”.
Well that is exactly what happened in my house. So much for anonymity. So I decided to release AA Speakers To Go.
AASTG is a collection of over 400 Speaker Tapes dating from the present all the way back to the 1930s.
In addition to the 400+ free speakers, there are special workshops and presentations that can be purchased from within the app. They are collections from some of the greatest members of all time.
Recently I was at the AA World Conference in San Antonio. I spent over $200 on Speaker CDs. This is the best deal around.
Take speakers with you wherever you go. Listen in the car, on a plane, train or wherever you feel you need a little inspiration.
5) BreathalEyes For Your Smartphone:
Although used to prevent under the influence driving, this app is a very valuable idea and is included in this review segment. It’s important to note that this is usefull for responsible people, not pranksters looking to see who can get more intoxicated. So, responsible intoxication? Maybe not, but saving lives is. As reported by Yi Chen: A new iOS app called BreathalEyes claims that it can accurately estimate your blood alcohol content (BAC) simply by scanning the movement of your eyes. The app analyzes your horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN), something police officers often check in conjunction with the breathalyzer test. HGN is involuntary eye movement that is sometimes caused by alcohol consumption — when your eyes can’t move smoothly and often jerk or bounce when looking from left to right.
BreathalEyes uses the built-in camera on the iPhone to record any signs of HGN and gives you a BAC result that’s within 0.02 percent accuracy. You simply hold the phone for 10 seconds while it’s framed around your left or right eye to be analyzed.
One of the limitations of BreathalEyes is that is often requires two people to use it, one of whom must be sober enough to hold the phone steadily for a more accurate reading. The app is available to download in the App Store for 99 cents.
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Addiction Recovery Mobile Apps are tools that when used responsibly, show the positive impact technology can have in recovery. What other technologies have you found that are helping people stay sober???