No matter how good your support groups and counselors are, nobody can force you to stay sober but you. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enlist all the help you can get. Since you are likely your own worst enemy, you should seek the help of something that can be with you most of the day to remind you what you’re fighting for when the cravings and temptations become too much. It’s time to start using that phone in your hand as a source of help.
Here are 10 ways you can use technology to help you (and sometimes others) stay sober.
Smartphones are great for games and social media, but more importantly, they have access to really useful apps. There are a lot of apps for smartphones that are great for monitoring sobriety. They can help you get inspired, learn recovery secrets, and practice coping techniques. One app that’s especially great for this is I Am Sober. It announces daily how many days you’ve gone without a drink and how much money you’ve saved in the process.
You can use your smartphone to keep in contact with and find others who are also striving for sobriety. Look for online groups and forums specifically devoted to recovering alcoholics and befriend a few of the members. Use your smartphone to call, text, or message others at least once a day to help keep you accountable for your actions. Staying in contact with those in similar situations is one of the best steps you can take towards recovery.
Though you won’t need this for yourself, if you’re really staying sober, it may be helpful to have a smartphone breathalyzer on hand. You plug this little device into the headphone jack of your phone, and breath into it to get an alcohol content level. This will be useful when it comes to the people you associate with. You can ensure that they are clean and sober and will be a good influence on you.
Make Password Reminders
Your passwords can do double duty by serving as both access to your devices and online accounts as well as reminders of your sober success. For example, you may choose to use a password that states the first day of your sobriety or the name of your recovery group. Every time you type in your password, you’ll be reminded of your goals.
For those who are unable, or find it difficult to attend physical counseling, they can receive help online. Many recovery centers are opening up an online branch, in which those in recovery can find helpful resources and chat live with certified counselors.
Use your phone to tune into radio stations that discuss addiction recovery. These kinds of stations aren’t generally played on your car radio’s FM channels, but if you search for them online, you’ll be able to find talk radio solely devoted to helping people like you stay sober. Every time you tune in, you can hear reminders and inspirational stories to help you through the hard times.
Your phone has the capability of setting scheduled reminders and alerts throughout the day. These reminders are like having a mentor with you at all times to remind you of your goals when you are feeling cravings the strongest. Schedule different messages for different times of the day. For example, set an alarm in the morning that says how many days you’ve stayed sober now, and throughout the day, schedule inspirational messages to remind you of your goals and your commitment to keep them.
Support Chat Groups
The Internet has exploded with millions of support groups to meet the needs of every recovery addict. You can join forums and anonymous chat groups devoted to sharing your story and your struggles with those who are experiencing similar things. Once you’ve found a support group that fits your needs, check in daily to keep yourself accountable and devoted to your goals.
Find Physical Support Groups on the Go
In your most sensitive times, there’s no need to stay rooted to your home because you can’t miss a support group meeting. You can use certain apps, such as One Health Meeting Finder or 12 Step AA Companion to find support groups wherever you travel. If you don’t have the app, Google search the information from your hotel room. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice aspects of a normal life just because of a support meeting.
Social media isn’t just a time waster. It can also be a useful tool. You can like recovery pages on Facebook that will send you uplifting messages on your daily newsfeed and you can follow recovery groups on Twitter. Use Instagram to post daily photos of your sobriety to help you keep track of how long you’ve stayed sober. Forget using these social media platforms for feeding boredom. Have them in your toolbelt as a successful way to stay sober.
If you are searching for additional tips, check out this article. With all of these tips in mind, remember that technology can also hinder your success if you use it incorrectly. Certain types of Internet use, such as excessive use of social media, can actually act as triggers for your addiction. The answer to successful sobriety may just be found in the way you use technology.