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Products, apps and podcasts to boost your recovery

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The more tools to aid in your recovery the better. Here are a few of our favorites.

SPIRITUAL AND BODILY FITNESS

1. “Pzizz Sleep”: This help-you-sleep app costs $6 for Apple and has a “Lite” version available for $2. Android users will pay $5.69 and find the app under the name “Pzizz, the Insomnia Solution.” All of these resources use some combination of music, speaking and binaural sounds to lull you to sleep.

2. Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions is another option, but be ready to drop 25 bucks. It's also available in a DVD package for around the same price. That option includes a 30-minute conversation with Mayo Clinic specialists, a consultation with Mayo Clinic dieticians, instruction by Rodney Yee teaching condition-specific relaxation poses and mediation exercises, and a 52-page stress-management workbook.

3. “Universal Breathing – Pranayama Free” (for Apple) and “Pranayama Free” (for Android) are among the simplest options for getting into meditating. The apps include breathing exercises to slow you down (from seven, to five to four breaths a minute), as well as music and other features.

4. “Simply Being” for Apple, Android and Blackberry products, costs just $1. The app offers four guided meditation options, ranging from 5 to 20 minutes.

5. “Mindful Meditation”costs $2 and works with Apple and Android products. It's written and narrated by Stephan Bodian, author of Meditation for Dummies.

EDUCATION, CONVENTIONS, RETREATS AND TRAVEL
 

6. Step it up: Perhaps the easiest, most accessible and least expensive way to know more about sustaining quality recovery can be found right at your local church or other meeting place. No matter how many you have joined in the past, participating in a new Step-Study group and redoing the Twelve Steps will recharge recovery for those who are partial to the AA road to recovery.

7. A World of Understanding: http://webdata.na.org/events/ offers a list of Narcotics Anonymous conventions all over the world. Whether you drive to one not so far away or hop on a plane to somewhere exotic, you are bound to meet new friends who are—quite literally—traveling the road to drug addiction recovery.

8. Let The Site Do The Searching: Retreatfinder.com is a resource to help you locate places to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. This site keeps tabs on all sorts of retreats all over the country and beyond.

9. Anonymous Attractions: Check out the ever-growing list of events to attend for people in AA, Al-Anon and Alateen at www.usrecovery.info/AA/Events/index.htm. The site is organized by month and alphabetically by location and event type. Upcoming March 22 to 24, for instance, is a Serenity Weekend at the Clarion Hotel Historic District in Williamsburg, Va. If you're looking for a trip somewhere warm to shed light on your recovery, consider the 25th Annual Island Bash Speakers Convention at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii County, Hawaii, from April 19 to 21.

10. No drunks allowed: SoberTravelers.org provides information on sober vacations and getaways for those who wish not to be confronted by an atmosphere of free-flowing alcohol and heavy imbibing of spirits. The site is a service of the Online Alano Club, a California nonprofit association.

PODCASTS

11. Learn, Loudly: With more than 500 educational titles available, www.learnoutloud.com features a variety of recovery, wellness and health topics for downloading and listening. Most older work is free, but there is a fee for some newer material. You'll have to go and search around to see what you need to add a punch to your recovery routine.
 

12. Speaking of the Steps: The site www.12steprecovery.com offers free Podcasts featuring guest speakers from different fellowships all over the world. Webmasters also loaded a Twelve Step Recovery channel on iTunes, which updates periodically as more AA speakers and NA speakers send in mp3s. Other recovery fellowships are welcome to share with the community, too. So expect to find a diversity of voices here—and a wide array of issues addressed.

13. Recovered: By Mark S.: This podcast publisher is getting high ratings from listeners. Mark sees his alcohol and addiction problem, in fact his whole life, through a Twelve Step lens. His podcast is about men and women who have recovered from what once seemed to be a hopeless state of mind and being. It's available on iTunes—for free.

14. North Point Ministries: Andy Stanley Podcast:Host Andy Stanley offers this   bi-weekly podcast to help people calm down and set limits. “Overloaded? Maxed out?” he asks. “Our culture encourages us to live as if we have no limits. So we fill up our schedules and empty our bank accounts. We do as much as we can, spend as much as we can and acquire as much as we can.” Not good. Stanley wants to help. Visit http://northpoint.org/podcasts.

 

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