How iPhones Can Help Alcoholics – Now and in the Future
Technology has touched all of our lives. But if you are struggling to achieve and maintain sobriety, you may not realize that there are some apps available for iPhones that can help keep you on track. There are also future developments on the horizon, so stay tuned!
Apps Available Now
Yes, you can purchase an application that turns your iPhone into a sobriety sensor. Although do-it-yourself products do not always give exact results, if your blood alcohol level (BAC) is hovering around .08 or above, you can bet it’s not smart to drive a car. Call a cab or ask a friend who is sober to give you a ride. In the Future: The obvious evolution of this app will enable it to communicate with the computer systems in the car so the car simply won’t start if your BAC is too high. Ignition interlock devices that serve this function are currently available, but they can be expensive to install and remove.
There are multiple different applications for those working a 12-step program. Some of them are free, the rest are available at a small cost. Most of the companions include:
- An Electronic Copy of the Big Book
- Sobriety Calculator (This amazing calculator tells you how long you’ve been sober in years, months, days and hours. Looking at those numbers and thinking about having to reset all of them to zero may be enough to keep you away from alcohol until your cravings have passed.)
- List of AA Contacts (List your sponsor and other friends from your AA meetings in this app. If you’re in trouble, help really is just a phone call away.)
- List of Nearby Meetings (If you’re out of town and need to get to a meeting fast, you can use your iPhone App to locate the meetings closest to you. This feature can help you travel with confidence.)
Unfortunately, most insurance plans will not pay for people who have been in alcohol detox facilities to stay and receive residential treatment after their detox time is up. This means that the newly sober alcohol addict is released from treatment during his or her most emotionally vulnerable moments.
A future application used by drug and alcohol rehab centers could continue to provide care and support to the client by encouraging him or her to check in often and by making aftercare counselors available 24/7. Rather than having to locate a meeting and then find a way to get there, the client could, with pressure of a fingertip, find him or herself on the phone with a trained, concerned counselor who could provide reassurance and offer tips and tools on maintaining sobriety.