Addicts face numerous challenges throughout the recovery process. This includes a lack of access to resources for patients after completing an intensive program. However, many have easy access to their phones, computers, or tablets. As a result, this connective technology has emerged as a resource for providing recovering addicts with a safety net.
Currently, there are over a dozen available apps designed to help with addiction. Some of them are simple and free, like a day counter for clean and sober living or a 12-step meeting locator. Others are sophisticated programs that include features like a panic button, or automatic alerts when someone goes near “risky” locations like bars.
Each app is created for use by either an addict, treatment provider, or both. The Freedom 365 app includes activities to reveal the causes of addiction and tools to create a recovery plan. It even has an “empowerment” button, to be pressed when there is a temptation to relapse and suggesting actions to take (such as “attend AA meeting”). Another app, WEconnect, installs its software on treatment center providers’ phones to help support and track patients after they have been discharged.
As convenient and helpful as these apps are intended to be in helping addicts recover and stay sober, their purpose is not to replace treatment from human counselors. One of their primary goals is to reduce the relapse rate, which is at least 60% according to many studies.
However, some of these apps do help recovering addicts find and create social networks among themselves. For some, it is difficult to attend meetings, and they can benefit from technology that encourages them to socially engage with other recovering addicts and find an alternative source of support.
When an app cannot address a recovering addict’s needs, seeking help is highly advisable. Treatment and support from a professional is the best option for addiction recovery. Ridgeview Ranch is here to help addicts on the path to recovery, including support for post-treatment individuals with sober living.