How Does Online Aftercare Work?

by Olivia Mueller on May 8, 2019

People who are newly sober often feel emotionally wobbly, like any life stressor could destroy what they’ve worked so hard for. They could have supportive friends, but perhaps these friends are not in recovery, so they won’t necessarily be able to relate. Friends might make well-meaning statements like, “You can do this!” or “Just don’t drink and use,” which feels like oversimplifying the issue.

It is common early in recovery to feel shaky and to wonder if you can actually make it in life sober.

Recovery is hard and almost impossible to do alone, as most research has shown.

This is where online aftercare can help.

Typical online aftercare provides ongoing treatment, helping you design and implement a relapse prevention plan that gives you a way to connect with others in recovery, all from the comfort of your smartphone or computer.

How Online Aftercare works

After rehab, you transition back into everyday life. This period of time is crucial, as the risk of relapse is high.

Online aftercare provides substance abuse counseling with professional counselors, through live video conferences. The frequency of these sessions will depend upon your needs.

Most people are able to stay connected with counselors through scheduled mobile app check-ins, in addition to individual sessions.

Through this video platform, you can see the faces of others you have met during rehab, as well as counselors and professional therapists. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home.

Online Aftercare Apps

Online aftercare apps are a type of online aftercare. Search “recovery apps,” and you will find quite a few options. You may be wondering which ones are best. Here is a list of the best-rated recovery apps that offer online aftercare.

Pear reSET

Price: free

From Pear Therapeutics, Pear reSET is the first mobile recovery tool approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help treat substance abuse disorders.

Pear reSET contains a 12-week program, including weekly check-ins, which are specialized for the client.

The reSET app leads users through a series of recovery-related lessons. The users complete the lessons at their own pace, take a quiz at the end of each lesson and they will receive virtual prizes.

A 12-week randomized clinical trial of 399 patients discovered that the app helped provide the patients with positive recovery outcomes.1

If you are interested in trying out the app, you will need a prescription from your doctor, and then you can easily download the app on your Smartphone.

Sober Grid

Price: free

Sober Grid serves as a mobile platform similar to Facebook. Here you create a profile and interact with other users in recovery. You can also post status updates to connect with others in the community.

If you turn on the GPS locator, you can find other sober people near your location. This can be helpful if you are traveling.

“Daily Quests” are a unique part of this app. These are small things you can do to enhance your mood and reduce negative thinking.

In addition to connecting with peers, you can keep a virtual journal, monitor your triggers, and track your sobriety.


Price: free

SoberTool is a free app for Smartphones that was created by a licensed and certified drug and alcohol counselor from Harvard.

This app has several different features, including a personal sobriety time log, how much money you have saved by not drinking or using, as well as daily motivational messages.

SoberTool also creates personalized responses to your answers with prompts like, “Do you need help making a decision?” or “Are you currently experiencing stress?” This app helps create a plan for you to follow in making daily decisions and staying sober.

There are many different kinds of online aftercare programs so you can choose the ones that best suit your needs. Some of our carefully selected luxury rehab centers offer an aftercare service from online followups, personal relapse prevention plans, to aftercare recovery coaches and home support.

It’s important to remember that addiction is a chronic disease, but there is treatment. Long-term recovery is achievable for anyone and everyone suffering from addiction. Your goal is to figure out what works for you in order to maintain sobriety.

Online aftercare is a tool designed to help you stay sober for the long haul.

  1. Commissioner, Office of the. “FDA Permits Marketing of Mobile Medical Application for Substance Use Disorder.” FDA, 24 Mar. 2020, []