Sure Recovery app

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What is the Sure Recovery app?

This app was jointly designed and developed by people with lived experience of drug and alcohol problems, researchers and clinicians from King’s College London. You can use it to track your recovery and achieve your personal goals.

Who is it for?

SURE Recovery is an app for people who are: 

  • Using alcohol or other drugs 
  • In recovery, or 
  • Thinking about recovery 

The app is free to use and has been designed to help people track their own recovery journeys and achieve their personal goals. The app has been developed with people at different stages of recovery and is based on their ideas and feedback, resulting in six key features: 

Recovery Tracker

This feature allows people to track their own recovery using the Substance Use Recovery Evaluator (SURE). Once completed, the app provides personalised text feedback and a score. People can also monitor how their scores change over time. Please watch the video below to see how to complete SURE.

Sleep Tracker

This feature works in a similar way to the Recovery Tracker. App users can complete the Substance Use Sleep Scale (SUSS) to monitor their sleep and receive personalised feedback and a score. Please watch the video below to see how to complete SUSS.


This is a private space where people can record their thoughts and feelings.


The app provides a platform for people to share their own artwork with the recovery community. App users can submit their artwork for potential display in the home screen of the app.


This feature provides instructions on emergency support, including the use of naloxone, in the event of a heroin or other opioid overdose. There are also informational resources, including a training video, for people who want to learn more about using naloxone in an emergency.


App users have free access to the book, The Everyday Lives of Recovering Heroin Users. This book is based on the lived experiences of people in recovery.