Free Mobile Apps
These lists are by no means inclusive. Search your mobile app store to explore these and many more apps focused on addiction, treatment, recovery, mental health and prevention. Please share with us any mobile apps that you have found helpful on our Contact Page.
Addiction, Treatment, Recovery
Sober Grid is a free iOS/Android app that connects you with other sober people. You are instantly connected to a global sober community in your neighborhood and around the globe. You can build strong sober support networks and inspire others.
This free iOS/Android app is geared to relapse prevention. It teaches the user how to identify thoughts and feelings which can lead to relapse. Then it leads the user to a daily reading geared to what they are currently experiencing which helps change “relapse” thinking into “sober” thinking. It also calculates sober time and money saved staying sober. It was developed by a licensed chemical dependency counselor who personally has over 27 years of sobriety.
This free iOS/Android app counts days without smoking, cigarettes not smoked, money saved, and time saved. Covers nine aspects of health that will gradually improve, tips for quitting, and provides a widget.
Twelve Step Based Apps
There are many 12-step based apps available. Try searching your mobile app store to explore the best options for you.
Afternoon Affirmations (iOS)
Afternoon Affirmations sends you a message each day with an affirmation to help calm the soul. This notification happens each day at 1PM. There will be a new affirmation in the app each day, and you can turn the reminder off in the settings if you wish.
Afternoon Affirmations is brought to you by InTheRooms.com, the world’s largest social network for the Global Recovery Community. If you are in recovery, friends & family of someone in recovery, or if you or a loved one need help with alcoholism, drug addiction, prescription drug addiction, gambling addiction, eating disorders and much more, please join InTheRooms.com and be a part of our community.
With Hazelden’s mobile applications, you’ll find the instant motivation you need to strengthen your recovery and inspire personal growth no matter where you are. From apps based on our best-selling books that feature special enhancements like texts and video messages from the authors to those based on our best-selling meditation books, Hazelden mobile applications are there when you need them most, at the touch of your fingertips.
Code Blue is a free iOS/Android app designed to provide teenagers struggling from depression or bullying with support when they need it. Users can choose several contacts to be part of their support group. With just a few taps, the app will alert the support group that the user needs immediate help. Members of the support group can then text or call the user. The app can also share the user’s location with the support group, and members can indicate that they are on their way to see the user in person.
Breathe2Relax is an app developed for stress management. It walks users through breathing exercises that help to reduce stress , stabilize mood, control anger, and manage anxiety. The app’s developers note that it can be used on its own to help reduce stress or in combination with other therapies.
PTSD Coach is an app developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, intended for use by veterans, military personnel, and civilians experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. It provides a self-assessment tool that allows users to track symptoms over time (though it does not clinically diagnose PTSD) as well as tools for managing symptoms. Users can also store contacts for personal support, locate nearby treatment programs, and contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline quickly in emergencies.
Optimism is a family of applications that focus on self-tracking as a tool for coping with mental illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD. The app helps users detect patterns in their mood, creating a way to identify triggers and other things that affect their mental health. Users can create a customizable wellness plan to chart their coping mechanisms, and this can be updated as they come to have a deeper understanding of what they need to tackle their mental illness.
Equips providers with education and support resources to assess patients’ risk of suicide, communicate effectively with patients and families, determine appropriate next steps, and make referrals to treatment and community resources.
- Learn how to use the SAFE-T approach when working with patients.
- Explore interactive sample case studies and see the SAFE-T in action through case scenarios and tips.
- Quickly access and share information, including crisis lines, fact sheets, educational opportunities, and treatment resources.
- Browse conversation starters that provide sample language and tips for talking with patients who may be in need of suicide intervention.
- Locate treatment options, filter by type and distance, and share locations and resources to provide timely referrals for patients.
As a teen, there are moments in your life when you’re really stressed and just need to “Take a Chill.” This app is full of tools to help manage that stress, and bring mindful practices into a daily routine. Using quick mindful exercises and thoughtful activities, begin to overcome those moments whether it’s studying for a test or preventing negative thoughts and patterns.
Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. It was developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs.
The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. Features include:
- Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work
- Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms
- Convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms
- Direct links to support and help
- Always with you when you need it
Practicing mindfulness means grounding yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness has been shown to be helpful for reducing stress and coping with unpleasant thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness Coach will help you practice mindfulness meditation. Features include:
- Education about the benefits of mindfulness
- Mindfulness exercises to practice on your own or with guidance
- Strategies to help overcome challenges to mindfulness practice
- Log of mindfulness exercises to track your progress
- Reminders to support your mindfulness practice
The app features an interactive simulation that helps you learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, you will:
- Practice bringing up the topic of alcohol
- Learn the questions to ask
- Get ideas for keeping the conversation going
KnowBullying provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying and build resilience in children. The app provides parents, caregivers, and educators with:
- Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
- Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3—6, 7—13, and teens.
- Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
- Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or relaxing outside.
- Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.
- Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom and support children who are being bullied.
The Partnership for Drug Free Kids’ Drug Guide for Parents is now available for quick and easy reference as a mobile app for Android phones and iPhones. Access vital information on drugs most commonly abused by teens — marijuana, prescription medicine, Ecstasy, alcohol, cocaine and more — including photos, slang terms and short- and long-term effects.
The free mobile app also includes quick links to connect parents with a parent support specialist via their Helpline, and other essential resources to help families navigate — and prevent — teen drug and alcohol abuse.
Much of what kids hear on the streets about drugs comes from those selling them. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World provides educators with practical tools to give youth solid facts which enable them to choose to lead drug-free lives all on their own. The application features full lesson plans, assignments and classroom activities that capture and retain young people’s attention—and elicit their participation. Students willingly read, view and, most importantly, use the information to make the right choices about drugs.