Council invests in addict recovery app

Mobile device

A mobile phone and tablet app to help support people in Edinburgh who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction has been launched.

The Addiction Recovery Companion-Edinburgh (ARC-Edinburgh) is the result of a collaboration between the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Apps winners Anne-Marie Mann and Ella Robbins.

The new app aims to help its users to link to the extensive addiction recovery network in the capital, to track their progress and to boost motivation.

ARC-Edinburgh is free, confidential and does not gather any information about its users. The app helps people connect to recovery events, meetings and services, and to plan their time. People and groups organising events and meetings will share them through the app, and users will be able to share inspirational quotes, articles or links that helped them through their recovery.

The app has been developed with the help of people in recovery through a series of consultation events. These events, like the launch, were held at Serenity Cafe – Scotland’s first recovery café with a thriving community of people who support each other’s recovery.


Civic challenge

Run by the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Apps is the annual civic challenge that encourages participants to develop digital services such as mobile apps, websites or product concepts to enhance life in the city for residents and visitors. It is one of the first events of its kind to take place in the UK, allowing entrants to work with Edinburgh Council and partner data to create new ideas.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, health and social care convener, said: “ARC-Edinburgh was the winner of the Council’s Edinburgh Apps competition in 2014 and it is fantastic to see their ideas take shape and come to life. I believe the end result will be a very useful tool for the recovery community in Edinburgh. The Council is proud to help launch this app on behalf of the Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Partnership.

“Once downloaded, the app contains a menu of hundreds of things to do and can help its users to organise their time and find local services, facilities and groups on their doorstep that will help support them during their recovery.”

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