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5 Sober Apps That Can Support Your Recovery

By Nicole Arzt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in providing psychotherapy for individuals, families, and groups struggling with substance use disorders and psychiatric illnesses.

Sober Recovery Expert Author

woman using a recovery app

Research shows that people check their phones every 12 minutes and that we spend more than 3 hours on our devices every day. In fact, there is a good chance that you're reading this article on your phone right now! Yes, your phone is a fantastic resource for text-messaging, emailing, and using social media. However, it can also help support your recovery efforts.

Let's explore some apps that can promote your sobriety.

Sobriety isn't easy, but these apps can certainly simplify some of the work involved.

Sober Grid

Sober Grid advertises itself as the world's most popular mobile sober community. It's a social network intended to help people in recovery connect with one another. Through a GPS locator, you can find sober friends both at home and while traveling.

Sober Grid allows users to reach out to the community anytime they are struggling. Simply click the "Burning Desire" button to notify others that you need support.

Finally, Sober Grid also provides evidence-based peer recovery coaching for individuals needing extra support. This coaching can support you in motivation, goal-setting, and job and housing resources.


Nomo is one of the most downloaded sobriety apps, and for good reason. You insert your goals, and the app provides customized graphs displaying your progress, milestones, and relevant stats.

At its core, Nomo serves as a numerical counter tracking your success. But it's not just a fancy clock. The app also has accountability partner features, exercises to help you stay on track, and encouragement boosters along the way.


Developed by a Harvard-educated licensed chemical dependency counselor, SoberTool provides people with free and immediate help for their drug, alcohol, or process addiction.

It provides you with messages and support for managing certain cravings, and it's designed for individuals in all stages of recovery. Upon selecting your feeling or craving, you will be prompted with a passage and an affirmation/reflection.

I Am Sober

I Am Sober provides free motivational companionship for people in sobriety. While the premise is simple, it is also powerful.

You'll receive an overview of your sobriety milestones and the financial savings you've acquired. You'll also be reminded of why you're staying sober with daily pledges. You can then review how your day went and determine whether you committed to your pledge. Finally, you can add significant photos that you can save and share for each milestone you achieve.

In other words, it's an app dedicated to helping you push forward. The app is clean, minimalistic, and easy-to-use for keeping you accountable.

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-four Hours a Day provides you with daily AA inspiration for each day of the year. All you need to do is open the app, and you'll receive the daily message. You can also bookmark your favorite passages and search for specific passages using a keyword tool.

Support Your Recovery With Technology

You already use technology regularly. Why not put your smartphone habit to good use by downloading one (or more) of these apps to hold yourself accountable for your goals?

Sobriety isn't easy, but these apps can certainly simplify some of the work involved.

If you or someone you know is seeking help from addiction, please visit our directory of treatment centers or call 800-772-8219 to start the road to recovery.

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