If you’re in recovery, you have one thing you bring with you everywhere: your addiction. If you have a cell phone, you have two. Your cell phone is your lifeline to keep in touch with the people who matter to you, like your family and sponsor. If you have a smartphone, it can be a powerful tool to connect to other recovery resources when you’re on the go. For iPhone and Android users, there are a few great apps to consider downloading that provide sober support.
12 Steps AA Companion ($2.99, iTunes; $1.99, Android)
One of the most popular recovery apps available, this app includes the first 164 pages of the Big Book and more than 60 stories from the first and second editions. It has a selection of prayers for different situations and the 12 steps, along with a collection of promises from the Big Book and the steps. There’s also a sobriety calculator to help you track your clean time, and a list of AA contacts across the country.
Twenty-Four Hours a Day ($4.99, iTunes and Android)
Twenty-Four Hours a Day is the “classic daily meditation” book published by the renowned addiction treatment center Hazelden. The entire book is available through this app, and you can read a different thought, meditation or prayer for every day of the year to help keep you refreshed and focused in your recovery.
OneRecovery OnTheGo (Free, iTunes and Android)
If you’re traveling and want to attend a meeting while you’re away, or you’re just looking for a new meeting near you, this app has you covered. It allows you to search for 12 Step meetings across the country, including AA, NA, and Al-Anon. You can search for specific types of meetings, add them to your calendar, and then map the directions with ease.
12 Steps Audio – Speakers ($4.99, iTunes and Android)
The speakers at 12 Step meetings are usually incredibly inspiring. With this app, you can hear a speaker whenever you’d like. You can stream speakers or listen to a selection from the huge speaker library. There are speakers from AA, NA, Al-Anon, Cocaine Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous. Speakers are rated so you can listen to the most popular ones, or find your own favorites and bookmark them.
Affirmations (Free, Android only)
Positive thinking and daily affirmations are excellent tools for addicts. If you practice regular affirmations or would like to start, this is an app for you. It contains prewritten affirmations for many categories such as abundance, beneficial circumstances, career, and children. You can also add in your own personal favorites.
Guided Meditation & Deep Relaxation Audio by the Silva Method (Free, iTunes only)
Meditation is also a great practice for addicts. This is a great free guided meditation app that includes thirty minutes of audio and special meditations for the morning, the evening, and when you need an energy boost or just need to center yourself. Try them on a regular basis or whenever you need them the most.
While these are some of the most popular, there are lots of other apps that are great for addicts, too. What are some of your favorites?