As someone who is in alcohol or drug addiction recovery, you may have heard some people say that addiction is reserved for only the most selfish of people. However, while one may choose to take their drug of choice, no one chooses addiction – it chooses you. This is why self improvement in drug addiction recovery is so important. Working toward a better you is key in alcohol and drug treatment because not only does it help give you a sense of achievement but by looking closely at patterns, you are able to reconnect with yourself and build upon that.
Our Favorite Apps for Self Improvement in Recovery
Perfect for: Negative Thinking
Addiction is often synonymous with negative thinking. After 15 years of studies, the team of experts behind this awesome little app discovered that the brains that we are born with can be changed by adopting new thought patterns, simply by training our minds just like we would for any other muscle in our bodies. Think of it as going to the gym – for your mind.
Our Favorite Feature: When you start the app, you answer a series of questions that will help create your own personal track to help you achieve a higher level of happiness and life satisfaction.
Perfect for: Managing Anxiety or Stress
In a world that seemingly never stops moving, it’s no surprise that 18% of the population is affected by some kind of anxiety disorder. What’s more is that, for varying reasons, most people don’t seek treatment for anxiety or stress related disorders. Many people who undergo alcohol or drug treatment also suffer from what is called co-occurring disorders and with a tool like Lantern, it is easier than ever to manage symptoms caused by co-occurring disorders.
Our Favorite Feature: While this isn’t technically an app, Lantern is a great tool. The Lantern team aims to remove the stigma that prevents people from seeking help. You get customized assistance and support from medical professionals when it works for your schedule.
Perfect for: Challenging Yourself
When you quit drugs or alcohol, it can be hard to find a new hobby. More than just a hobby or a boost to your resume, learning a new language can make you smarter. Your memory can improve greatly, which can be a powerful asset as you recover from your drugs and alcohol abuse. A study from the University of Chicago also says that learning a new language can improve your decision making skills. Duolingo allows you to learn – free – anytime, anywhere.
Our Favorite Feature: Their bite-sized, take anywhere lessons that are anything but boring.
Perfect for: Self Reflection
Keeping a daily tab on things like your food intake, your mood, and things you are grateful for have been long time exercises in the mental health field. When you keep track of what you do and how it makes you feel, you can begin to see patterns that will help you to make behavioral changes. Think of TracknShare as your digital journal.
Our Favorite Feature: We love that you can track health, mood, sleep, food, and gratitude but also that you can add your own categories, too.
Which self improvement apps are your favorite? We are always looking for new ones to check out so please share with us in the comments below or via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We love hearing from you!
Recovery is hard but you don’t have to do it alone. If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance abuse problem, the knowledgeable addiction specialists at Recoveryas.com can help you find the treatment you need. Call us today at 1 (877) 968-6283 and we will help place you in a recovery center that works for you.
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