The stigma surrounding drug abuse makes it harder for people to open up about their issues. Consequently, those suffering from the illness often feel shame and struggle to find help. Availability of proper health resources becomes crucial for recovery. Plenty of apps are available to help with depression and anxiety. Likewise, similar services are obtainable to help with addiction.
(Note: These apps cannot be substituted for medical treatment, they’re supplementary.)
1. I Am Sober
Addiction is a complex illness and getting sober is no different. I am Sober, provides positive reinforcement and keeps a record of progress. Additionally, it tracks how many minutes, hours and days you’ve stayed sober. Also, the app calculates money saved on not purchasing the substance. Users can also share their milestones with each other by adding photos, so they don’t feel alone in their journey.
I am Sober connects the users to a wide network; to bring you a 24-hour companion.
2. Sober Grid
Struggling with addiction and relapse can be isolating if one doesn’t have the right kind of support. Therefore, having an accessible community to guide you through tough days is helpful. Sober Grid aims to do exactly that, a social networking app connecting individuals in recovery. For instance, the “Burning Desire” button let’s other people know help in wanted.
Available for free on iOS and Android.
In most cases, substance addiction is accompanied by anxiety and depression. Sometimes, the drugs used could also cause symptoms of another mental illness. Here, apps that promote healthy ways to deal with low mood & anxiety help.
Happify consists of science-based games and tools that help improve emotional well-being. The techniques behind the games are developed by experts studying psychology.
4. My Sober Life/My Sober Life Pro
The 18 + age restriction on sobriety apps limits access to apps by someone younger. It’s been reported that 50% of the adolescent population has misused some drug in their life. Moreover, exposure to drugs at an early age increases the risk of developing a drug addiction later in life.
My Sober Life is for teenagers and young adults (12-25 years) in recovery. Based on the 12 step recovery principles and with the help of teens who have successfully recovered. The app includes a sobriety counter and a progress tracker. Furthermore, this app allows users to record obstacles and construct plans to tackle them.
5. Stop Drinking – Andrew Johnson
Cutting down on alcohol is often be accompanied by cravings and the urge to drink again. Although, these cravings are normal during recovery. Often, they come with a sense of loss of control. So, to combat this the app provides relaxation techniques, visualization and positive techniques to help with urges.
Addiction can be very distressful. But there’s no shame in asking for help. Just like other mental health condition, it is treatable.
The apps mentioned above are not a substitute for professional help, rather a chance for succor. If you or anyone you know is suffering from addiction reach out. The 24/7 national drug help hotline in the US is 1-888-633-3239. And in the UK, 0300-123-66-00.
The stigma around drug addiction can only be tackled when we engage in conversation. Don’t push this under the rug, talk and educate.