Journal Software

Journal for Recovery v2.0 (Windows)

The website in conjunction with Awake Software has developed the free Journal for Recovery desktop software for Windows and Mac OSX. It is designed to help you work a program of recovery from addictive behaviors and is pre-populated with a set of questions from our worksheets that helps you work a 12 step program for recovery. It should be useful for working any program where self reflection and personal feedback is a part of the recovery process.

The main features of the Journal for Recovery are summarized below.

  • Journal Writing - The Journal for Recovery features a Journal Explorer for organizing, filtering and reviewing your journal entries and a rich-text editor for editing your journals and metadata.
  • Prompts - The Prompt Explorer organizes the questions, quotes, book passages that you find inspiring and positive for your life. It is pre-populated with 12 step questions and recovery quotes and book passages.
  • Safely Share Stories - Exporting and importing of journals, prompts and templates uses an open format. Easily share journals with appropriate people or publicly share prompts and templates via the Journal for Recovery website.
  • Password Secured - Your journals are only visible after you log in. The initial passwords are blank, but you can easily modify the passwords so that your journals will remain private and secure.
  • Encrypted Data - All of the journals and prompts are protected with a strongly encrypted database that uses the same AES-256 bit encryption that is used by banks and government agencies.
  • Metadata - Metadata is used to classify, organize and filter your journals and prompts. Metadata includes categories for journals and prompts as well as journal and prompt types.

For the Windows version of the Journal for Recovery, please go to the Journal for Recovery website. You will be able to download it and read more about the capabilities of the software and how to use it.

For the Mac OSX version of the Journal for Recovery, from this site you can download the Version 2.0 Alpha3 for Mac OSX version 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6 (Universal app). We plan to have a beta of the Mac OSX version available with the same features as the Windows version by the end of February 2015.

For more features with an easy upgrade path, the journal upgrade commercial packages are also available from Awake Software.

Journal for Recovery v2.0 Alpha (Mac OSX)

Download Version 2.0 Alpha3 for Mac OSX
(File size is approximately 53 MB)

Jan. 2011 - Released the Alpha 3 version. Please read the ReadMe.txt file for how to install this. This requires an extra step (for the database) compared to most Mac installations.

This is Alpha3 for the following reasons.

  • The database is not encrypted
  • You should read and follow the instructions for installation and uninstallation in the ReadMe.txt file
  • The software crashes from time to time and Awake Software are currently in the process of porting the Windows version of the Journal for Recovery to the Mac OSX platform. We are planning on having a Mac OS X beta version available in the first part of 2015.

If you want to receive a notice when the next software version is available, please sign up by filling in your email address in the About this Site section at the bottom of the page. Before the final release of the journal software, we will have a dedicated website set up for feedback and support. Until then, please use the Contact Form for any questions or feedback.

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The Journal for Recovery was created by Awake Software along with two other commercial journaling software products - the Journal for Faith and 1Journal. The Journal for Faith differs from 1Journal primarily in the content, with the Journal for Faith including scriptures primarily from the Judeo-Christian tradition and 1Journal including scriptures from all spiritual traditions. The 1Journal and Journal for Faith journaling programs are fully compatible with the Journal for Recovery (journals and prompts can easily be transferred between the two, including all meta-data), but also have additional capabilities that can be useful in various areas of your life, including recovery. Highlights of the differences in the Journal for Recovery and the upgrade journals are presented below, with a more complete comparison available at the Journal for Recovery website.

LifeJournal Prompts

The free files on the LifeJournal download page can be imported into the commercial software program LifeJournal v2.0 as "Prompts". These "Prompts" are essentially the questions from the 12 Step worksheets, but by importing them into LifeJournal, then you have full access to all of the capabilities of LifeJournal. These include a timeline for your recovery (or non-recovery) events, topics to categorize your journals and 12 step work, inspirational quotes, word processing features, a Daily Pulse that you can use to track how well you are doing on your program or other personal measurements, a secure login and many other features. The LifeJournal software can work well for working your 12 step program on your computer. More information is available at their website or at the bottom of this page.

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