Some of us live in rural or remote areas. Some of us must work two or more jobs to make ends meet. Some of us managed to salvage a demanding career that requires long hours. Some of us have other timing or situation issues…like no babysitter. Finally, some of us don’t use meetings as part of our sobriety program, an that has been working for us.
Whatever the reason, some of us just don’t or can’t get to a meeting on a regular basis. We know we need the support. We know we need a place to share and a place to listen. We need that contact with fellow addicts who are putting in the work, and staying sober one day at a time. So, how do we get what we need when time and place don’t cooperate with us? Well, one answer is “there’s an App for that!”.
If you have a smart phone, a tablet, a laptop or a desktop computer, you can go to either an Android store or the Apple App Store and pick up one of several good Sobriety apps.
There are many available: Sober Grid, I Am Sober, Sober Tool, Nomo – Sobriety Clocks, Sober Today, the AA App, and Pocket Rehab, just to name a few!
Each has its’ own mix of features and its’ own particular style and emphasis. However, they all focus on providing the recovering individual with tools that support and encourage sobriety on a daily basis.
I’ve downloaded and played around a bit with a few of these Apps. For now, I’ve settled on using Sober Grid.
Why? Well, it is easy to install, setup and get busy on…quickly. Before you know it you are reading posts by fellow users. You can “like” or “comment” the same as on FaceBook. Also, just like FaceBook, you have a profile, “friends” and so on. I guess what I’m saying is this: If you already have some experience with FaceBook, you will probably find Sober Grid very easy to use.
Also, it immediately gets your day focused on sobriety by giving you 4 Daily Quests to complete each morning. They are: Read daily inspiration, Check in, Write a gratitude, and Comment on a post. The nice thing about these is that they are not that difficult, and they give you an immediate sense of accomplishment at the start of your day. Sober Grid provides the inspiration for you to read and it is usually only a few short paragraphs. “Checking in’ is just a couple of clicks and a short sentence, or maybe a few, for you to write. Writing a gratitude is just that. Finally, you go and read others people’s posts, stopping to share a thought or two by leaving a comment when something really strikes you.
I find the posts of frequent users to be quite helpful. Some of those posting have remarkable writing skills, some have the ability to convey intense feelings, and some are just good at sharing a nice picture with some encouraging words. All of them help to keep me focused on the important job of building a stronger, happier life in sobriety.
Regardless of which Apps you decide to try, the good news is that most of them are FREE! This means you can “shop around” for the one that suits you best, and all you need to invest is a little of your time.
If anyone out there has had experience with other Apps, please feel free to leave a Comment and share what you’ve found with everyone here.