If you’re working on achieving specific recovery goals in the New Year, why not use your phone to help? These five apps could help you kick off the year on the right track, no matter what you’re hoping to accomplish.
1. Eat Right & Get in Shape: MyFitnessPal
Quality nutrition and regular exercise help boost your immune system, mood, and energy level while healing some of the physical damage from past substance abuse. MyFitnessPal is a free app that allows you to track nutrition and exercise on a daily basis. The database of nutrition information for over six million foods is one of the app’s most popular features with users.
2. Get Your Finances in Order: Mint
Mint is a comprehensive resource for making your first budget, tracking your spending, paying your bills and planning for long-term financial goals. Try connecting all of your credit card and bank accounts to let you handle online bill paying in one convenient place. If you tend to forget due dates, you can also use this app to set up payment reminders and avoid costly late fees.
3. Organize Your Schedule: Google Calendar
The mobile Google Calendar app offers traditional monthly and weekly views as well as a detailed schedule view. It easily integrates with Gmail so you can automatically create events for upcoming flight, hotel and restaurant reservations based on email confirmations. Events can also be added through your to-dos and reminders, with the option of getting early notifications, so you don’t miss important appointments.
4. Reach Long-Term Goals: GoalsOnTrack
GoalsOnTrack helps you develop and stick to goals based on the SMART goal framework: (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). Use this app to break big goals into smaller chunks and track your progress.
Available on: iOS | Android
5. Build Your Recovery Support Network: Sober Grid
Sober Grid is a social networking tool for people in recovery. It uses your phone’s GPS capabilities to let you chat or meet up with others in recovery. Key features include an anonymous chat option as well as notifications to let others know you need help dealing with cravings or want a ride to a 12-step meeting.
Get the Help and Support You Need with Guardian IOP
While smartphone apps are useful in promoting a sustained recovery, there is no substitute for getting professional addiction treatment. To begin your journey to a sober lifestyle, you need detox followed by individual and group therapy. Inquire online or call 24/7 to speak with a Guardian addiction professional. Begin the new year with new resolve. Call now: 855.517.1871.
Reviewed for accuracy by:
Anna Marie Barrett LCSW, CYT
Anna earned her Masters of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL in 2017 and completed her internship in co-occurring disorders. Anna has a Bachelors of Art in Religious Studies from Naropa University and is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. Anna has received specialized training in somatic counseling with an emphasis on body-centered psychotherapy.