What is Drinker's Helper?
Drinker's Helper is an iOS app that helps people who have decided to quit drinking or cut back on drinking
How does this work?
You can do a lot of things with the Drinker's Helper app:
Set a drinking goal and track your drinking AND your urges to drink. You can also start a Pledge to stay sober for a set number of days.
Learn new mental tricks to resist urges to drink in the “Library” tab, and visit your “Toolbox” to re-do your favorite exercises
Visit the “Insights” tab to see your progress, compare your drinking to others’, and review your past drinking patterns
Chat with your “Group” of people with similar past drinking habits to get and give support and advice
What do you believe about drinking?
We believe that alcohol is an addictive drug, and anyone can become addicted if they drink above a certain level
We believe that moderation can be a very helpful stepping stone toward quitting, and that for many people, asking them to quit cold turkey makes them less likely to take the smaller positive step of cutting back
We believe that every person has to convince themselves to stop drinking; there is no convincing someone else
We believe that you have to stop drinking in your own life, in your normal circumstances, because removing the temptation is only a temporary solution
We believe in a no-judgment approach, because judgment only encourages more drinking
How long does it take?
Exercises take between 5 and 10 minutes, so they're designed to fit into a busy day.
What is the content based on?
The exercises in the Drinker's Helper app are drawn from two evidence-based therapies for treating alcohol abuse disorders - cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement therapy. Each of these therapies (on its own) was shown in a study by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to be as effective in reducing alcohol consumption as the 12-step facilitation in alcoholics anonymous. Using both together, we believe that Drinker’s Helper can meaningfully help people who want to quit drinking or reduce their drinking.
Who is it good for?
Drinker's Helper is intended as support for anyone who is working on drinking less or quitting drinking, who has mild or moderate problems with alcohol. It is not intended in any case to be a substitute for medical care.
Should I do this instead of going to a rehab facility or a therapist?
In short, no. If your problems caused by drinking are serious enough that you are considering residential rehab or going to an addiction therapist, you could consider using Drinker's Helper as an aid after your formal treatment ends, or using it in addition to your core treatment program. If you are looking for an addiction therapist, we recommend searching in Psychology Today here, or look for doctors or inpatient programs here.
What does it cost?
We offer a one week free trial, and if at that point you are seeing value in Drinker's Helper, we hope you will subscribe for $9.99-$14.99 a month (depending on subscription duration) to help keep us in business. If you decide you don’t want it anymore, you can cancel by following Apple’s standard process here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039