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By: Rick Fannin
Up until recently, recovering addicts depended on meeting face to face with counselors, doctors, or sponsors to get them through their early days of recovery and provide them with a healthy support network. As you can imagine, not all addicts have the same supportive environments around them. Sometimes family members are unsure how to help. Not all families are intact or emotionally available, and not all communities have support services or programs. Those living in rural areas can be especially limited.
Today, the landscape is much different. Thanks to the internet, social media, and mobile apps for addiction recovery, recovering addicts have many tools available at their fingertips. Social networking can be a lifeline for some addicts and provide them with the immediate support they need, especially when they would otherwise have no one or nothing else. Mobile apps provide ongoing support, resources and tools. Though they are not a replacement for attending your support groups and counseling sessions, these apps are effective at complementing your current recovery plan.
In the modern age recovery efforts can be aided by mobile apps for addiction recovery. Because most people always have their phones, recovery apps are a great way to stay connected to supportive messages, reminders and tools. Some of the tools you may find helpful in recovery apps include:
- Tracking features
- Goal setting aids
- Coaching exercises
Below are a few of our favorite websites and the best mobile apps for addiction recovery that can assist your recovery efforts. Check them out and see which ones might offer the support you’re looking for as you transition into your sober, healthy life.
Best Mobile Apps for Addiction Recovery
Self-Help and Mental Health Apps
- Balance (iOS): Answer questions to receive personalized meditations.
- Brain Wave (iOS): Advanced binaural brainwave entrainment combined with ambient music, nature sounds, other audio apps, or your own music.
- Breathe2Relax: (iOS & Android): A portable stress management tool which helps users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing
- Breathwrk (iOS): Free guided breathing exercises to help alleviate anxiety, fall asleep, get energized, and more.
- Breethe (iOS & Android): Overcome anxiety, fall asleep, and discover powerful ways to cope with real-life challenges.
- Calm (iOS & Android): Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep.
- Endel (iOS & Android): Personalized sound environments to help you focus, relax, and sleep.
- Headspace (iOS & Android): Everyday mindfulness and meditation for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, fitness, and more.
- I am – Positive Affirmations (iOS & Android): An app designed to help overcome negative thought patterns through daily affirmations.
- Insight Meditation Timer (iOS & Android): Free app for sleep, anxiety, and stress.
- MyNoise (iOS & Android): Create beautiful noises to mask the noises you don’t want to hear.
- Noom (iOS & Android): An app designed to help you lose weight and get healthy through CBT.
- Relax Melodies (iOS & Android): Mix endless sounds and music, countless meditations, and shelves of stories with smart technology.
- Simple Habit (iOS & Android): An app recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. It provides wellness and sleep therapy sessions, guided meditations, and daily motivations.
- Waking Up (iOS & Android): Waking Up is a guide to understanding the mind, for the purpose of living a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Sobriety Counters and Behavior Trackers
- AA Grapevine (website): Allows you to calculate how long you’ve been in recovery by years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
- Clean Time Companion (iOS & Android): Provides a day counter for anyone recovering from alcohol, drugs, overeating, gambling, or smoking.
- I Am Sober (iOS & Android): Tracks days sober, milestones, helps you build new habits, and has a withdrawal timeline to understand what to expect in recovery.
- LOOSID (iOS & Android): Helps to connect you to a sober community and keep track of your recovery.
- Nomo (iOS & Android): An app designed by a person who found keeping track of his recovery helpful. The app allows you to share sobriety clocks and shows you a breakdown of your progress.
- Quitzilla (iOS & Android): Sobriety counter and bad habits breaker. This app helps you track your behaviors, analyze them, and eventually break them.
- SoberGrid (iOS & Android): More than a sobriety tracker, this app is a sober network of people around the world who are in recovery. Features a burning desire alert that shows when you need immediate support.
- Sober Sidekick (iOS): Offers instant sober support and advice as well as a clock feature.
- Sober Time (iOS). Sober calculator and community that helps track your recovery.
- SoberTool (iOS & Android): Harvard-educated addiction recovery counselor developed this tool using proven techniques that help you stay sober.
Apps for Connecting with Others
- LOOSID (iOS & Android): Helps connect you to a sober community and keep track of your recovery.
- RecoveryLink (website): Provides digital recovery support, including meetings, yoga, meditation, and movement.
- SoberGrid (iOS & Android): More than a sobriety tracker, this app is a sober network of people around the world who are in recovery. Features a “burning desire” alert that shows when you need immediate support.
- Sober Sidekick (iOS): Offers instant sober support and advice as well as a clock feature.
- We Connect Recovery (website): Provides peer support, rewards for recovery, and help to build routines.
Mutual Aid Group Resources
12-Step Support Groups
- Celebrate Recovery (website): Christian.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (website)
- Narcotics Anonymous (website)
- Cocaine Anonymous (website)
- InTheRooms (website): A platform offering online meetings for all recovery groups, including many of the groups listed above and more
- Reimagining Recovery (website)
- SHE RECOVERS (website): For women only.
- Soberistas (website): For women only.
- SMART Recovery (website)
- Recovery Dharma (website)
- Refuge Recovery (website)
- LifeRing Secular Recovery (website)
- Recovery 2.0 (website): Provides online meetings, yoga, and meditation classes.
- Unity Recovery, WEconnect and The Alano Club (website): Offer daily digital recovery meetings of all types.
- Women for Sobriety (website): For women only.
- Transforming Youth Recovery (website)
- Moderation Management (website)
- White Bison/Wellbriety Movement (website)
- Wellbriety Community (website): A Facebook group.
- Native American Rehabilitation Association (website)
- BIPOC Only Recovery Dharma (website)
- LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color (website)
- Directory of Black Therapists (website)
- Asian Mental Health Project (website)
- Brown Girl Therapy (website)
- Therapy for Black Girls (website)
- Decolonizing Therapy (Instagram link)
- Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (website): Covers OR, WA, and IA.
- Latinx Therapy (website)
- South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network (website)
Support for Friends and Family Members
- ALANON (website): A 12-step-based support group for anyone impacted by addiction.
- Alateen (website): A 12-step recovery support group for teens impacted by addiction.
- SMART Friends & Family (website): An alternative to 12-step programs, SMART provides effective and easy-to-learn tools to help you and your family.
- Nar-Anon (website): A 12-step program for friends and family of people with substance use disorder.
- Workit Health Friends and Family (website): An innovative online support program for anyone who has a friend or family member impacted by addiction
- CoDA (website): A 12-step support group for people recovering from codependency.
- Learn to Cope (website): A support network offering education, resources, and peer support for family members of those with substance use disorders.
- GRASP (website): A support group for those struggling with grief after losing a loved one to addiction.
- Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (website): A Christian organization that provides education and support to parents.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics (website): A 12-step group for the adult children of those struggling with addiction.
Facebook & Online Addiction Recovery Communities
- Faces & Voices of Recovery (Facebook link): Facebook community for those in recovery from substance use disorders and their families.
- HAMS (Facebook link): A support group that seeks to provide harm reduction for alcohol resources
- HAMS for Drugs (Facebook link): A group focused on harm reduction support for those who use any drugs (both legal and illegal) that aren’t the main focus of the other HAMS groups.
- HAMS for Women (Facebook link): An alcohol harm reduction support group for women (cis women, trans women, and gender non-conforming welcome).
- Harm Reduction Works (Facebook link): A harm reduction-based self-help/mutual aid group originally conceived as an alternative to abstinence-only types of organizations such as 12-step groups.
- Life After 12-Step Recovery (Facebook link): A Facebook community for people who have left or are leaving 12-step recovery but still want peer support.
- Living Sober (Facebook link): An international community run by Mrs D.
- LGBTQ Teetotallers (Facebook link): A Facebook group is for those identifying within the queer spectrum and seeking recovery.
- Narcotics Anonymous (Facebook link): A Facebook community is a 12-step group for people in recovery from addiction.
- Magnolia Addiction Support (Facebook Link): An education, advocacy, and support group for people with substance use disorders and their families.
- Recovery Dharma (Facebook link): A peer-led Facebook community that uses Buddhist principles and practices for people seeking recovery support.
- Recovery to Practice (Facebook link): A networking group for clinicians and addiction recovery professionals.
- Reddit Recovery (Reddit link): Offers message boards and a virtual support hangout.
- SHE RECOVERS Together (Facebook link): An online community of women in all types of recovery.
- Sober Sisters (Facebook link): A Facebook group for women in recovery.
- The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober (Facebook link): A support group (not affiliated with the book) for non-drinkers who want to chat, get support and discuss experiences.
- Women in Recovery (Facebook link): A Facebook community providing support to other women.
Addiction Recovery Podcasts
- The Bubble Hour
- Buddhist Recovery Network
- Annie Grace: This Naked Mind
- Editing Our Drinking and Our Lives
- SHE RECOVERS
- ODAAT Chat Podcast
- SHAIR Podcast
- The Sobriety Blueprint
- Recovery Rocks
- Recovery Elevator
- Sober Grind
- Seltzer Squad
- Recovery Unscripted
- Clean and Sober Radio
- Sober Curious
- Self Made & Sober
- The Unruffled Podcast
- Let’s Talk: Addiction & Recovery Podcasts
- Breaking Free: Your Recovery. Your Way
- Love Sober
- A Sober Girls Guide
- Recovery Happy Hour
- Queer Mental Condition
- Since Right Now
- Taking a Break From Drinking
- Sober as a Mother
- Addiction Unlimited
- Zero Proof Book Club
Medication-Assisted Treatment Resources
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Pages
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (webpage): This page includes effectiveness data.
- Opioid Treatment Directory (webpage)
- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (webpage)
- Buprenorphine Treatment Physician Locator (webpage)
- MAT Medications, Counseling, and Related Conditions (webpage)