The number of people in the U.S. who are battling alcoholism has gone down in recent decades, but there are still 17 million Americans currently dealing with an alcohol addiction. That's still a staggering number.
The good news is that if you're one of those who struggle with alcohol, you can find some hope in knowing that you're not alone.
With the new year comes new resolutions to improve ourselves, live a better and healthier life, and make lifestyle changes that will contribute to an overall greater sense of well being. Overcoming an alcohol addiction is one of the most common New Year's resolutions and it's also the most challenging life change one can make.
12 step groups, rehab centers, and other support groups are very busy this time of year. In addition to these valuable tools for getting and staying sober, there are now several apps that can help keep you motivated and focused during your recovery. Here's a short guide to some of the latest and greatest sober buddy apps.
- Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson: This app was created by a British hypnotist and stress management coach to help those in recovery find peace and relaxation in the midst of their hectic lives. Recovery can be an especially difficult time in one's life, so finding healthy ways to relieve stress is important. The app costs only $2.99 and includes Johnson's methods of relaxation that include meditation and visualization. This app is designed for everyone from those who are just starting out in their recovery, to those who have been off the wagon for years.
- Twenty Four Hours A Day: This app is based on the popular Hazelden Meditations book that provides a variety of prayers and meditations to suit any situation. The app allows you to take the collection anywhere you go, so that if a challenging situation arises, you can easily pull up a daily meditation to help you stay focused. This app is especially useful in that it provides the 24 hour support that is so important to have when you're trying to stay sober. This app is $4.99 and works with both iPhone and Android.
- AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker: This app is a useful tool for those who are trying to cut down or keep track of how much they drink. You have the option of counting your drinks on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The tracker also allows you to set goals for how much you want to drink and helps you stay on track. There is also a blood alcohol calculator that estimates your level of sobriety. Stay on top of your goals by sharing them with others through social media or email. This app is free and available on Android only.
- 12 Steps AA Companion: This useful app is a companion to participating in a 12 step program. The apps allows you to bring the AA "Big Book" text wherever you go, plus it includes a meeting locator that works with your current location. The sobriety calendar keeps track of how many days you've been sober to help you stay motivated by your progress. This app is only $1.99 and works on all smartphones.
- Lift Daily Motivation: Working on goals both big and small is a big part of recovery. This app focuses on just that by providing coaching and encouragement that are tailored to your unique goals. Start out with simple goals and enter them into the app. It then provides the support needed to accomplish them and even celebrates with you when you achieve a goal.