These Recovery Apps Aim To Organize, Uplift & Help You Cope

By David Konow 07/22/16

With more Americans than ever dealing with addiction, resources like recovery mobile apps aim to offer users added support, organization, and peace of mind. 

These Recovery Apps Aim To Organize, Uplift & Help You Cope

Earlier this month, The Fix reported that recovering wrestler Kurt Angle is developing a recovery app called Angle Strong, where you can get in touch with a sponsor in an emergency, similar to the ride-sharing app Uber.

Sobriety apps are not a new phenomenon. There are already a number of them on the market, along with others that are currently in development that will hopefully see the light of day soon.

A number of sobriety apps like SoberTool, which has a sobriety days counter, can be purchased through iTunes or the Google Play store. Some of the apps can even help you locate nearby AA meetings.

The app recoveryBox allows the user to color code a monthly calendar, using green lights for good behavior, and red lights that spotlight bad behavior. As the app’s website explains, “By tracking red lights, the user will have data to perhaps see patterns of what triggers the acting out.” Through recoveryBox, you can also download the Serenity Prayer, along with inspirational quotes when you need an emotional boost.

Oftentimes, organization can be a challenge in recovery so many recovery apps come equipped with a feature that reminds you about check-ins and appointments. Lauren Stahl, who developed the app Sparkite, wrote on the app’s website that she wanted to “enhance the treatment available to those affected by addiction and create a place for accountability, support, and communication.” With Sparkite, you can set goals and track your progress, and case managers can also track the progress of their clients.

One of the most useful features in recovery apps is that they provide a record of your treatment while helping you stay organized. With the app Addicaid, you can locate meetings, get directions, have calendar reminders, and check-in to prove you’ve been attending.

My New Leaf offers research-based strategies to help with long-term recovery. The app identifies your personal motivations for the reasons behind drug use and the reasons why you want to be in recovery. Then, the app provides quick feedback, identifies triggers, and doles out coping strategies to help you maintain sobriety. It also offers the user success stories from peers and the opportunity to extend your support network. The app was developed by Ryan Brannon when he was attending the University of Pennsylvania. Brannon raised $70,000 to get the app up and running, and he hopes it will be ready for Apple and Android devices in the next three to six months.

Like recoveryBox, My New Leaf uses symbolism to keep track of your recovery, with a growing tree and a road map marking a patient’s progress.

As Rolando Schneiderman, the app’s iOS developer, told, “Millennials are very expressive and open with their phones. A lot of recovery and helping people through the process is about communication.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.