When I stopped drinking 30-some years ago, I did it the old fashioned way. I looked in the Yellow Pages under Alcoholics Anonymous, called the number and asked where the nearest meeting was.


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Walking in, I didn’t know anyone. Looking around, I’d find the ubiquitous coffee pot and then a seat.

Afterward, I’d hang out a few minutes, meet some people and leave.

If today’s technology had been around, things would’ve been a lot different.

With or without technology, people still get sober the old-fashioned way: one-step-at-a-time. Technology just makes getting in touch — and staying in touch — a whole lot easier.

OneHealth Meeting Finder

Connected to OneHealth Solutions, the app has a few handy features. Possibly the best is the “meeting finder” tab which lists of a dozen programs across America. Other meetings can be added through iCal and meetings’ dates, times and locations can be added and shared through email and text.

To use, enter your location, and the home screen shows meetings and meeting profiles as well as the type of assembly — such as Discussion or Women Only.

Anonymous Sober Chat for AA

There’s not much to identify the app as being for people in recovery — a good thing with anonymity in mind.  Once you enter your name and tap the green “Start Chatting” button, you’re taken to a homepage where each chat line is organized in kind of a blog like format.

“When chatting, even with people you know, be careful about disclosing private and personal information,” says Simon Jeffries of Chatline Connect, “because, while most app developers prioritize security, there’s no such thing as a fully secure chat platform.”

Chat rooms are depicted by images that range from unrelated to helpful, and the conversation looks like it streams everywhere.

Someone looking for a place to organize a private meeting — or desiring to chat with other recovering people at strange hours — will find this useful.

Rebos

An original name for an app which is location based, but it doesn’t put much focus on sobriety.

Create a profile and Rebos will use your location to spot the sober & clean people closeby.

There are not a lot of persons on Rebos, and most of the results I got were for people over 200 miles away.  Probably too far to connect with someone for chatting about how great it is not to wake up hungover anymore.

Friend of Bill

This is a sobriety counter. Enter your name, roughly the time and date of your last drink and your spouse’s number, and the app will tell you how long since your last drink.

It does have an icon on the screen which can be tapped to call your sponsor.

That’s all there is.

I Am Sober

Another simple sobriety calculator. The app begins by asking for your sobriety date the (estimated) amount of money spent on alcohol every day. Also included are a savings calculator, so you know how much you’ve pocketed by not drinking.

12 Steps AA Companion

This app is comprehensive and organized into sections like the Big Book. Also provided are a sobriety calculator and a meeting & contacts finder.

The Big Book’s chapters are neatly arranged, so jumps happen pain-free between chapters or sections. And alternating between notes and the book is simple and flows easily.

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