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Smartphone Apps for Addiction Recovery

Top 5 Smartphone Apps for Recovery

Smartphones and technology have had an impact on most industries and for the recovery space is no different. We’ve compiled a list of five smartphone apps available on the App Store and/or Google Play Store that can help aid your recovery. Alongside each of these we’ve included a rating out of 5, with 1 being least effective, to 5 being very effective.

1. I Am Sober

I Am Sober is more than just a free sobriety counter app.

Along with tracking your sober days, it helps you build new habits and provides ongoing motivation by connecting you to a wide network of people all striving for the same goal: staying sober one day at a time.

Through our growing sober community you can learn from others and contribute by sharing insights and tactics that have worked for you.

**The I Am Sober app features:**

• Sober day tracker

To visualize how long you’ve been sober.

• Daily pledges & review

Take a pledge every day. Sobriety is a 24-hour struggle, so start your day off by making a pledge to stay sober. Then you can review how your day went and log notes at the end of the day.

• Sobriety calculator

View how much money & time you’ve saved by being sober.

• Analyze triggers

Recap each day and find patterns that made your day easier or more challenging than the last.

• Share your story

Either with others or for yourself, take photos and journal your progress directly in the app. Then choose to share it or save it as a reminder for yourself.

• Milestone tracker

Track and celebrate your milestones from 1 day, to 1 week, to 1 month and beyond. Compare experiences with others on their sober journey. Read how they felt at this milestone and what you can expect. If you’re struggling, share your story and invite others to offer help or advice.

• Withdrawal timeline

When you create an account and declare your addiction, you can instantly see a withdrawal timeline to get an idea of what to expect for your next few days (and weeks). What’s more, you can contribute to it. See how many others saw an increase in their restfulness vs those that saw an increase in anxiety. Prepare yourself for what’s to come in recovery.

• Customize your experience

You set the time, your sober birthday, the category of motivation you need, the addictions you’re trying to break, even the end-of-day summaries. Make the app customized to your lifestyle and tailored to your needs.

• Additional resources

If you’re struggling to stay sober, view the additional resources and find rehab centers or therapists near you. Staying sober isn’t easy; it takes a large network of support to quit drinking or stop doing drugs. The I Am Sober app is meant to connect you in as many ways as possible so you have a 24 hour companion and a wide network for your recovery.

I Am Sober

Price: Free
Average Rating: 4.8/5

Download on the App Store


2. Sober Time

Sober Time is a sober day counter with a built-in community that tracks how long you have been clean and sober.

Start or continue your sober recovery journey: Sober Time’s sober day counter is helping thousands of recovering addicts recover from serious addictions like substance abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse or smoking.
Put the power of sobriety back in your hands by tracking your addictions in a beautiful and elegant sobriety counter.

✔ Sober day counter and sobriety tracker
✔ Vibrant and active sober community
✔ Track as many addictions as you want
✔ Daily motivational messages
✔ Tracks money saved
✔ Goals and milestones
✔ Relapse statistics
✔ Share your progress
✔ Fully customizable

Why this sober app works
At the core of sobriety is motivation and a support structure. You’ll stay motivated with daily messages, goals and simply watching your sobriety counter tick by. The built-in community provides much needed human connection, allowing you to share and learn from people with years or even decades on their sobriety clock.
This sober app is your personal sober companion. It goes where you go and keeps your clean time counter close to heart.

Our community
Sober Time has a dedicated community page where you can read or discuss anything related to sobriety. Read through the stories of others, ask questions, share your sobriety counter or simply discuss life in recovery. Thousands of members offer valuable advice on how to stop drinking.
Besides the clean time counter, sober recovery is the key and core motivation behind the community. Anyone can join and contribute. See what others have said about topics like drinking and alcoholism, substance abuse or drug abuse. Add your own story and spread the sobriety.
Discuss things like alcohol, substance abuse or simply share your sober day counter.

Make progress and keep it
✔ Keep track of each addiction by setting up an individual sobriety clock
✔ Work towards the built-in clean time goals or set your own
✔ Track statistics, spending habits and savings of addictions you are trying to quit
✔ Full-featured sobriety counter with a sobriety tracker clock
✔ Summarize the time you have been sober down to the second
✔ See how much money you’ve saved

Stay motivated and inspired
✔ Motivational messages and quotes
✔ Interact with an active community
✔ Daily notifications keep you on the path of sober recovery
✔ Notifications when you reach a clean time counter goal
✔ Share your progress with friends and family
✔ Talk about your alcohol addiction or drug abuse in a safe community environment and stop drinking
✔ Use the progress on your sobriety clock as motivation when things get difficult

Manage your addictions
✔ Track each of your addiction’s clean time separately
✔ Customize each addiction with a different sobriety counter, backgrounds, icons and headings
✔ Track any addiction in the sobriety clock: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, cigarettes (less serious ones like fast food or TV too)

With Sober Time you can track your sobriety and stay motivated wherever you are. Quit drinking alcohol(if you suffer from alcoholism), smoking or any other addiction. It has multiple display options, a powerful sobriety clock and counters, customizable messages and the ability to phone your sponsor or contact at the push of a button.
You can use it to quit smoking or quit drinking alcohol. Stop smoking by tracking how long you have been clean from cigarettes.
The primary goal of Sober Time is to help recovering anonymous addicts and alcoholics recover from their addictions or stop drinking. Most often it’s used to track how long addicts have quit drinking, been clean from narcotics, drugs, smoking cigarettes or other addictions.

Get Sober Time now to take control of your addictions, recover and hold on to your sobriety!

Sober Time

Price: Free
Average Rating: 4.8/5

Download on the App Store


3. No Alcohol Calendar

Alcohol addiction among men and women is on the rise. With Alcohol being so readily available, it is no surprise that not many men realize that this is a problem and can be highly addicting. The No Alcohol Calendar can help you put an end to your Alcohol addiction by holding you accountable, offering solutions, words of encouragement, and science based facts that will help you get past your addiction to Alcohol.


1. 40 Motivational quotes that will help you overcome your Alcohol addiction.

2. 10 Science based facts about Alcohol addiction, and reasons to quit.

3. Daily ticker that keeps you motivated to succeed.

4. Add reasons why you would like to see yourself succeed.

5. Our special panic button will help take your mind off of having an urge by showing you pictures of puppies.

6. Our badge system allows you to be rewarded for your success.

Drinking Alcohol overloads your serotonin receptors and decreases your motivation to meet new people. This can destroy your life if you let it. Don’t let Alcohol addiction get the best of you. Get the help you deserve by downloading this free app.

Top 10 reasons to quit drinking alcohol:

1. Your immune system will thank you

Without the negative impacts of alcohol, your immune system will grow stronger. Liquor and other alcohol can wear away linings in the mouth and throat too, making pathogens able to take over more easily. First, it produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune-boosting nutrients. Second, alcohol, like sugar, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs. High doses of alcohol suppress the ability of the white blood cells to multiply, inhibit the action of killer white cells on cancer cells, and lessen the ability of macrophages to produce tumor necrosis factors.

2. No more hangovers

As you age, your body starts to become less efficient at breaking down hangover causing toxins. For those who have experienced a terrible hangover, we don’t really need to say anymore here. It is simply not worth it.

3. You will save plenty of money

According to EventBrite, the average partier spends $81 (USD) on a night out drinking and on average, they go out twice a week. Doing some simple math here, that means that you will be saving almost $8500 a year if you cut out the drinking. Invest the money or buy yourself something cool!

4. Your problems actually make sense

When you’re drunk, little problems become big problems for no reason. When you’re sober, you actually have to face reality and you wont be worried about petty things anymore.

5. You will actually remember things

Have you ever gone out for a night of drinking and didn’t remember the night? Or maybe even didn’t remember bits and pieces? Well that will not happen anymore if you stop drinking.

6. No more losing friends over drunken mistakes

A lot of bad decisions go out the window when you stop getting drunk, and as a result of making fewer poor decisions, your friends will like you more.

7. It’s interesting to go out sober

If you usually went out to get all boozed up with friends, it can be hard to turn back the habit. But you’ll realize with time that you don’t need booze to have fun. It is a hard habit to kick, but you will become more comfortable with yourself as you progress.

8. You learn why you like your friends

You’ll find that some friends were just friends you went out and drank with. Those friends won’t likely hang around. You will find out who your real friends are and get to know yourself better.

9. You find out you can have fun alone

Alcohol can be a real toxic habit, and without it you’ll find more about yourself than you knew before. You might just find that you can have fun all by yourself.

10. You look better

Alcohol damages the liver which makes you look a little rougher around the edges. In the end, you’ll look younger longer.


No Alcohol Calendar

Price: Free
Average Rating: 5/5

Download on the App Store


4. AA History

Listen to the history of how Alcoholics Anonymous got started and spread to become one of the greatest movements in history. From the original Big Book stories to Bill and Bob’s stories of recovery, this app brings you hours of amazing 12 step audio content to keep you on the straight and narrow. Speaker tapes, member personal stories. Workshops. It’s all here. Including AA, NA, Al-Anon and more twelve step recovery programs.


This app is packed full of amazing features to help you recover and keep up with the al-anon community:

+ 1000+ audio tracks, 100+ hours of content

+ Daily featured audio content

+ Search and explore all content

+ Add to a favorites list

+ Listen while offline

+ Build a playlist of the tracks you want to hear

+ Read along with the text version

+ Sleep and meditation timer

+ Looping relaxation and meditation sounds (over 2.4 million combinations)

+ Daily inspiration notifications with powerful artwork to keep you motivated

Audiojoy creates educational, how-to content for happier lives. We believe everyone can develop the skills to be their best. Audiojoy makes it easy to put these techniques into practice, so you can master what you want and stop what you don’t. Download our apps, launch your own personal course or program, and start learning.


This app includes hundreds of hours of amazing content on drug abuse, recovery, alcoholics anonymous, and more. We add new stuff weekly. Here is a sample of audio content you will find:

+ Speaker Tapes from Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

+ AA Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions

+ Daily Reading, Reflections & Prayers

+ Dozens of Amazing AA Workshops & Big Book Study Programs

+ How to Live Sober

+ Personal Stories AA Grapevine

+ Narcotics Anonymous Speaker Tapes

+ Al-Anon Speaker Tapes

+ Recovery 12 Steps Workshops

+ As Bill Sees It Big Book Step Study

+ Sober Meditations and Prayers

+ Joe & Charlie and Other Speakers

… and much, much more!

AA History

Price: Free
Average Rating: 4.7/5

Download on the App Store


5. Smart CBA

SMART Recovery® is: Self Management And Recovery Training.

The SMART Recovery Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a tool for helping people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities.

A CBA is divided into 4 sections:

1. Advantages of using/doing: What do I enjoy about my addiction, what does it do for me?

2. Disadvantages of using/doing: What do I hate about my addiction, what does it do to me?

3. Advantages of NOT using/doing: What do I think I will like about giving up my addiction?

4. Advantages of NOT using/doing: What do I think I won’t like about giving up my addiction?

This is not a do once and forget about it exercise. It is an ongoing project. Most people simply can’t remember all of the positive and negative aspects of addiction and recovery at any one time. Furthermore, seeing all the negative consequences of addiction listed in one place is very powerful. On the positive side, no one really knows what they like or don’t like about living free of their addiction until they have done so for some time. SMART Recovery has members who have continued to add items to all four questions for a full 6 months.

Smart CBA

Price: Free
Average Rating: 4.7/5

Download on the App Store