The Best Online Resources for Anyone Struggling with Substance Addiction

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The internet makes it possible to share and utilize addiction resources through mobile apps, virtual support groups, podcasts and more. Read on to discover free resources designed to support you through addiction, encourage you toward recovery and reaffirm your sobriety every day. 

12-Step Daily Meditations

Utilizing 12-step recovery audio content, this iOS app offers hundreds of hours of meditations, music, calming sounds and inspiration. The app itself and a number of meditations inside are free, and additional content can be purchased within the app or through a subscription. 

SoberTool

SoberTool enables you to approach your sobriety from a mindful perspective. From the homepage, you can either choose from prompts or select which emotion you are feeling; the website will then generate helpful tips and motivational messages to help keep you on track in your recovery. In addition to their website, SoberTool also offers free mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.

Narcotics Anonymous Speakers

Narcotics Anonymous Speakers, or NA Speakers, is a repository of more than 300 speeches by sober individuals and those in recovery at addiction and recovery-related conferences. NA Speakers also offers mobile apps for mobile devices.

Sober Grid

Sober Grid is a social media application that allows you to connect with other individuals in recovery. The free mobile app offers users the ability to create public or anonymous profiles, connect with the broad sober community within the app, chat with other users nearby and engage with a global newsfeed to view and support others on your network. In addition to the social media features, the mobile app also enables you to utilize low-cost peer coaching for additional help in your recovery efforts.

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Hazelden Betty Ford’s Twenty-Four Hours a Day offers daily meditations on addiction, recovery and sobriety. Each passage will facilitate reflection and inspire you to continue down the road to recovery. The app also allows you to set a reminder to read each day’s meditation. Twenty-Four Hours a Day can be downloaded on free iOS and Android apps. 

Herren Project

The Herren Project hosts live, free-of-charge online support groups for families, loved ones and individuals facing substance addiction. This is a great opportunity for those who don’t have an accessible in-person, local support group, and the Herren Project connects communities from around the country.

Licensed clinicians lead each support group and provide evidence-based education on the science of addiction. Attendees are able to ask questions, share their stories and support one another. Vocal participation is not mandatory – feel free to attend a session to get a feel for it first. 

Veronica Valli and Soberful

Veronica Valli is an accredited psychotherapist and a recovery coach who practices the sobriety habits she preaches. While she offers paid courses and workshops, Valli’s brand Soberful provides free recovery-related content through her blog and podcast. 

I Am Sober

I Am Sober is a sobriety tracker app that also helps you build healthy habits, provides ongoing motivation, and connects you with a wide network of others in recovery. The app’s features include:

  • A visualized sober day tracker;
  • Accountability prompts, like adding the reasons you went sober to keep you motivated;
  • Daily pledges and challenges;
  • Sobriety calculators, demonstrating how much money and time you have saved while in recovery;
  • Analysis of behavioral patterns, based on the data you input;
  • Social media network for sharing your story and progress;
  • Milestone trackers for personal use and to compare experiences;
  • A timeline showing you what to expect during the withdrawal and detox process. 

From initial recovery through sustained sobriety, I Am Sober wants to serve as a digital advocate for your health and healing.

Nomo

Nomo is a sobriety tracking application made by and for individuals in recovery. The free app keeps you engaged, accountable and motivated by allowing you to create custom and shareable clocks to track sobriety milestones.

Popular clocks and statistics tracked include:

  • Money saved by not buying substances;
  • Calories saved by not drinking alcohol;
  • Calories burned as part of your recovery-inspired exercise regimen;
  • Time saved by avoiding substances;
  • Days without substance use.

You can share these clocks with whomever you choose – friends, family members, others in recovery, sponsors and counselors – to celebrate your victories and maintain personal accountability.

Tips for Teens

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created one-sheet resources on how to approach substance use in teens. 

National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab

Through RehabNet, the National Council on Seniors Drug and Alcohol Rehab specializes in providing recovery support and resources for senior individuals struggling with substance addiction.

Department of Veterans Affairs, on substance use

The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes the risk of veterans developing substance addiction and has provided education and treatment resources aimed specifically at their population. 

Women for Sobriety

Women for Sobriety engages core values in compassion, connection, empowerment, love and respect to help women in their pursuit of sobriety. 

Pyramid Healthcare

Pyramid Healthcare offers free, online and evidence-based resources – including our blog – to help you cope with addiction, obtain support during your recovery and stay motivated to remain substance-free. Get help today by calling 888-694-9996.

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