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11 Good Recovery Apps: Our Shortlist

11 Good Recovery Apps: Our Shortlist

Recovery? There’s an app for that.

Recovery apps can help, especially in early recovery. Some are free, some cost a few bucks, others are free as long as you watch periodic ads, and only some of them are helpful. I’ve listed a few here and give them a thumbs up or down. If you have any suggestions for a good one that’s not listed here, please let me know.

The Best of the Best

  • CleanTime Counter
  • (free)

    This is a very basic, no-nonsense app that tracks your clean or sober time down to the second. No ads, no drama, many people use it, I do.
    Thumbs up!

  • Twenty Four Hours a Day
  • ($5.99)

    This one is a Hazelton app. I bet it’s free if you spend $90k on 30-day inpatient with them. It’s a good app, although everyone in early recovery is broke and can’t afford it. There’s meditations and pseudo inspiring stuff.
    Thumbs up

  • 12 Steps Companion
  • ($2.99)

    This is a good app and worth the price if you’re in AA or have issues with alcohol. The Big Book is there, sober calculator, contacts and it’s designed well.
    Thumbs up

  • Nomo Sobriety Clocks
  • (free)

    This is a beautiful app, well designed. You can set sobriety or recovery clocks, find people to talk with, get online counseling or buy a recovery book.
    Thumbs up

  • Sober Grid
  • (free with in-app purchases)

    This is kind of like Grindr for sober people. It shows you nearby sober people. It can help you connect with sober supports 24/7. It tracks your recovery and has check-ins.
    Thumbs up

  • AA 12 step App, Steps Toolbox
  • (free with in-app purchases)

    Yes, there are ads at the bottom of just about every page. If you’re a sponsor or sponsee in AA or CA, this is a great tool. The complete big book, prayers, step studies and step tracking.
    Thumbs up

  • AA Speakers To Go
  • (free with ads)

    If you want to hear audio of people speaking in an AA meeting, this is the app for you. Speakers are listed alphabetically, simply tap the heading and the recording starts. Joe and Charlie recordings, AA Big book audio version, the 12 and 12 audio version, and workshop presentations.
    Thumbs up

  • NA Speakers (Narcotics) NA Audio tapes
  • (free with ads)

    Audio tapes of NA speakers from around the world, the NA Basic Text in audio form. Helpful and straight-forward.
    Thumbs up

  • CA Speakers Free
  • (free with ads)

    This app include audio tapes of CA speakers from all over the world. It also has the AA Big Book and the 12&12 on tape.
    Thumbs up

  • Pocket Rehab
  • (free)

    This app includes a sober clock, meeting finder and other resources. You can have a chat-like dialogue with sober supports and a forum where you also help others by answering chats if you like.
    Thumbs up

  • Recovery Path- Addiction Recovery
  • (free)

    This app has it all— a sober clock, meeting finder, log check-ins, message your treatment team and family and friends, label locations as toxic to you, when you have urges to use or drink it can automatically contact people. You can set goals, acquire and record skills, plan for or avoid risky events, set rewards, track triggers, urges, and feelings. It’s very comprehensive, and a well-designed app.
    Thumbs up

The Not-So-Good

  • Sober Tool
  • (free)

    Frankly, this is a very odd little app. It was developed by a Harvard guy. You go on and look for a topic or pick an emotion you’re having and it spits out links to articles or a sentence or two, which spit out other sentences or a link. I just think it’s a little too discombobulated to be helpful.
    Thumbs down

  • I Am Sober
  • (free but keeps bugging you to buy things)

    This is just another annoying little app that keeps asking you to buy stuff like SOBER PLUS, these little motivation packs of things to do for 30 days. It wants you to make a daily pledge. It tracks your sober time, but honestly, I didn’t get sober to be a slave to an app.
    Thumbs down

Final Thoughts

Apps and technology are already so much a part of our lives, they serve a community who has become accustomed to a time of convenience. In this type of society, where we already use our phones for everything, why not use them to help us strengthen our recovery? We hope you enjoyed this list giving you the run-down on recovery apps. Happy downloading!

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