This article was written by Nitara Osbourne and published by American Addiction Centers
After completing a treatment program for alcohol and/or substance misuse, individuals are advised to remain connected to supportive family and friends, as well as to support groups. This includes returning to a safe home environment or attending a sober living facility, depending on the situation, circumstances, and needs of the individual. Doing so allows those in sobriety to get the support they need in order to reach long-term recovery. Addiction recovery apps contribute to maintaining this process by providing 24-hour access to support in some sort of capacity.
Many apps for substance abuse can be helpful and we will discuss three addiction recovery apps to use. Remember, apps are not meant to replace the professional and medical care needed for an individual battling with alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD).
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3 Addiction Recovery Apps to Look Out For
There are a variety of apps on the market. You definitely want to choose one that supports your unique needs and any features that may just be important to you. Let’s take a look at the following recovery apps:
Sunnyside app. AAC has partnered with Sunnyside. Although Sunnyside isn’t designed to treat SUDs or an AUD, they created a “system for creating a more mindful approach to drinking,” which inevitably helps individuals reach their goals.
Benefits of the app:
- Decrease in number of drinks each week.
- Financial improvement (money gets saved).
- Healthier eating habits.
- Improvement in sleep.
- Improved sense of well-being.
- Tracks drink goal, dry day drink goal.
- Tracks each drink as the individual finishes it. This feature gives the individual time to reflect and make healthier choices.
- Offers coaching via email and SMS to give motivation, support, and advice.
WeConnect app. This app rewards individuals for their accountability during recovery.
- Tracks medical appointments.
- Tracks healthy actions (e.g., exercising, journaling, meditating).
- Individuals can earn Amazon gift cards for their efforts.
- Instant access to support meetings.
- One-on-one peer support.
AAC Alumni app. Although the AAC alumni app was newly launched in 2020, it is a very useful tool in supporting recovery efforts, as the team is constantly improving and adding features.
- HIPAA-compliant (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
- Group discussions.
- Tracks sobriety.
- A private community celebrating sobriety.
Continue to get the support that you need through meetings, whether that is virtually or in person, contingent on your comfort level and COVID guidelines in your area. Continue to do whatever your healthcare professionals have advised you to do in recovery. And regardless of which app you choose while in recovery, understand that it’s simply meant to be a tool that contributes and supports what your healthcare professionals have already advised you to do. Should there be any doubt in the safety, privacy, or credibility of the app of choice, ask your licensed physician for a recommendation.