Brandi Spaulding, a Walden University PhD candidate and doctoral intern in addiction psychology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, knows that the only way to break an addiction is with the support of a social network.

Brandi Spaulding, a Walden University PhD candidate and doctoral intern in addiction psychology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, knows that the only way to break an addiction is with the support of a social network.

"People in recovery need to have people," says Spaulding. "They tend to almost be isolated because they are trying to remove themselves and that's not good for an addict in recovery."

Now that has changed with Spaulding's development of Squirrel Recovery, a free Android app that checks in with people struggling with anything from a drug addiction to eating too much candy.

App users can set up the app so that it checks in with them during times of the day that they tend to struggle most. At that time, the app will ask the user what his or her urge is and his or her current mood as well as stress level. After the check-in is complete, the information is sent via text to those on a support team that users compose of family members and/or friends. Even a patient's counselor can be informed via email.

Users reset the app every time they fail to have a sober day, a day without satisfying an addiction. After every 30 days straight of sobriety, users receive a virtual coin as a reward.

The app also schedules appointments more wisely. "If an opening comes up, we can call (a patient) up sooner saying, 'hey, we have a cancellation-want to come in? It looks like you're not doing well,'" says Spaulding.

The app has a total of 500 users and is greatly recommended for OSU Wexner Center's mental health and addiction patients.