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6 Free Mobile Apps For Recovery

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By Derrick D. Billingslea.

For centuries individuals in recovery would carry around notebooks, notepads, pens, pencils, the big book, etc, to help track their recovery progress. Now we live in a technology society where everyone is carrying around this thing called a cellphone/smartphone and with it comes great inventions for convince. HUGS Recovery Centers has found some great apps that will help you with your addiction.

Sober Grid

Beau Mann
iOS Free Android Free
Geosocial Networking
Sober Grid is a free iOS/Android app that connects you with other sober people.
This free, location-based app allows users find and connect with others in recovery who are near them for support, encouragement, information, and sober friendship. You can remain anonymous if you wish. It displays a grid of app users in the general vicinity (giving an approximate distance) and allows you to message that user, post messages to a news feed, or alert others that you are in need of support.
“Sober Grid is just like Facebook, but better. The content on the news feed is so helpful for us in the recovery process. It will give you inspiration and motivation to stay sober. Staff is caring, and so are users, you’ll make new great sober friends who’ll support you every step of the way. Simply amazing!” – Ailette R.
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AA Big Book and More
Rob Laltrello
iOS Free
Your ultimate recovery resource.
The text of “Alcoholics Anonymous” otherwise known as the “Big Book”.
This free app is easy to use, helps you keep track of your sobriety, provides the text of the AA Big Book, and offers encouraging messages daily.
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CassavaSM
Falesafe Consulting, Inc
iOS Free
Provides over 150,000 current meetings curated by support group members who can give input/corrections on meetings. A personal scoring system, the Sobriety Score, helps people track their progress, as each recovery activity they participate in on the app goes towards their score. The app also includes Daily Reflections tagged by keyword and no advertising.
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SoberTool
iOS Free Android Free
This 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.
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Quit Now
QuitNow!

Android, free
In English and Spanish. 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.
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Recoverize.com
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This free mobile-friendly in-browser app includes Daily AA and NA Readings, Speaker Tapes, Chat Room, Recovery Stories, Clean Times, Meditation Mode, and more. Create an account to keep track of your sober time, chat with other members, and get location-based recovery events.
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There are many more great addiction apps that are available, fees range from .99 to 35.00 per month.

Derrick D. Billingslea is an alcoholism and addictions treatment professional with over two decades in recovery himself and he is the Founder and CEO of HUGS Recovery Centers, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Myth “Drinking Alcohol Will Keep Me Warm”

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By Derrick D. Billingslea.

The cold season is among us now, hot chocolate, tea, apple cider, etc. are drinks we love to sip in the winter. Another drink many like to indulge in is alcohol, and mixing it in something hot is called the famous “Hot Tottie”. Spare yourself from this potential deadly mix of cold weather and alcohol.

Free stock photo of cold, coffee, winter, christmas

Alcohol may feel nice and hot going down but the truth is, drinking alcohol when it’s cold lowers your core temperature.  Basic physics means that drinking a cold beverage will draw heat from your body, and drinking a hot beverage will add heat to your body. So, theoretically, alcohol shouldn’t add or subtract heat differently than any other beverage. The false sense of warmth you feel doesn’t translate to overall body temperature, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, published in 2005, found that after a single drink, the body tries to counteract the brief sensation of warmth caused by increased blood flow to the skin by ramping up its rate of sweating, which only decreases body temperature even further.

Why does it feel like I get warm when I drink alcohol?
The alcohol you ingest widens blood vessels under the skin, so they fill with warm blood. This overrides one of your body’s defenses against cold temperatures: Constricting your blood vessels, therefore minimizing blood flow to your skin in order to keep your core body temperature up. This will make you start to feel flushed or hot.

What effect could drinking alcohol in cold weather have on my body?
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states, drinking alcohol in the cold can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia can set in if your body drops below 95 degrees. The Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, says drinking alcohol in chilly weather also reduces the body’s ability and tendency to shiver, taking away yet another method your body uses to help keep warm when it is cold. If you or your love one has a heart condition you should avoid drinking alcohol in cold weather.

What are the signs of hypothermia?

Mild hypothermia

  • Shivering
  • Dizziness
  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Faster breathing
  • Trouble speaking
  • Slight confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Increased heart rate

Moderate to Severe

  • Shivering, although as hypothermia worsens, shivering stops
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech or mumbling
  • Confusion and poor decision-making, such as trying to remove warm clothes
  • Drowsiness or very low energy
  • Lack of concern about one’s condition
  • Progressive loss of consciousness
  • Weak pulse
  • Slow, shallow breathing

Someone with hypothermia is usually not aware of his or her condition because the symptoms often begin gradually. Also, the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness. This confused thinking can also lead to risk-taking behavior.

As mentioned before there are many beverages to keep you warm, try some that will not risk your life. Also read “Foods That Keep You Warm”

Derrick D. Billingslea is an alcoholism and addictions treatment professional with over two decades in recovery himself and he is the Founder and CEO of HUGS Recovery Centers, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Unspoken Killer Of 2016

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By Derrick D. Billingslea.

As of 12/30/2016 8:43am, alcohol has taken the lives of 133,575 people according to United States of American Realtime Death Toll and 390,115 for drug use which includes, tobacco, all drug abuse, prescription drug overdose, and smoking in bed. Source www.romans322.com/daily-death-rate-statistcs.php.

2016 should not be looked at as just a tragic year but as a wake call on the epidemic of drugs and alcohol the United States is facing. Who did you lose in 2016, was is your mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, daughter, son, friend(s), or a celebrity? For me it was a close friend that had been in recovery for over 15 years, the damage that had been done to his body from drinking and drug use could not be reversed. Abusing alcohol increases the likelihood of suffering atrial fibrillation, heart attack or congestive heart failure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Here are some of the people we lost in 2016 due to drugs:
Rob Ford/Mayor or Toronto: Cancer after years of alcoholism and drug abuse, including crack cocaine.
Prince Rogers Nelson/Musician, producer, songwriter, and actor: Accidental fentanyl overdose
Amber Rayne/Actress: Accidental Cocaine overdose
Axl Rotten/Wrestler: Heroin overdose
Harris Wittels /Actor: Heroin overdose
Jose Fernandez/Miami Marlins Pitcher: Boat crash, drunk and traces of cocaine
We also lost, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie and George Michael whom both fought to overcome their drug addiction.

“Turning Up” in the club today may have you turned up in a coffin 5 or 10 years from now because many fail to realize that addiction is a DIS-EASE.  There is help and addiction can be overcome if the individual wants it. For all the celebrities you saw die in 2016 from drug and alcohol abuse there were just as many that decided to seek help and are in recovery.

Drug abuse and alcoholism has a stigma of being a moral thing, bad choices, weak people, etc. This
is a Lie. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), that drug abuse is a disease, specifically, “Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease…similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease” (NIDA, 2008)

On December 13th 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act in a White House auditorium. The bill is a 6.3 billion dollar bill with allots 1 billion for substance abuse treatment targeting heroin and opioid addiction. President Obama quoted, “This is an epidemic that can touch anybody, blue collar, white collar, college students, retirees, kids, moms, dads,”.

A billion dollars sounds like a lot of money, but not when compared to the 2.05 billion alcohol companies use to advertise (Source) and 81 billion drug abuse cost employers per year (Source).

 

 

Derrick D. Billingslea is an alcoholism and addictions treatment professional with over two decades in recovery himself and he is the Founder and CEO of HUGS Recovery Centers, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

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