Addiction is a common problem, but help is available.
Most addictions are defined as not having control over doing, taking, or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. Although addiction is commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol, and smoking, it is possible to be addicted to just about anything.
Some people are obsessed with their work to the extent that they are physically exhausted, this often means relationships, family and social life are affected. As computer and mobile phone use has increased, so too has computer and internet addictions. People may spend hours day and night surfing the internet or gaming, while neglecting other areas of their life.
Solvent abuse is a way of feeling intoxicated and some people inhale substances such as glue, aerosols, petrol, or lighter fluid to get that “High”.
There are many reasons why addictions start, in the case of drugs, alcohol and nicotine these substances affect the way you feel physically and mentally. These feelings can be enjoyable which then creates a powerful urge to want to use them again.
The effects of gambling can result in a similar mental high after a win. This then creates the urge to try again to recreate that feeling. Continuing this cycle can develop into a habit that becomes very hard to stop. This often leads to other issues due to the financial implications and debt. Evidence shows that at gambling addiction can be successfully treated in the same way as other addictions.
The thought of going through withdrawal symptoms which can be unpleasant it is often easier to carry on having or doing what you crave and so the cycle continues. Often addictions get out of control because you need more and more to satisfy the craving and achieve that “High”.
An addiction can seriously damage your work life and relationships. Often people think that their problem isn’t that bad, or that they are managing it.
Behaviours such as drug, alcohol and substance misuse can be a way of blocking out difficult issues, stress, emotional or professional pressure these can all trigger an addiction.
Support is available
Have a look through the information and support links provided here:
NHS Addiction Support
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcohol Change UK
Information and support options for people worried about how much alcohol they are drinking, in both English and Welsh.
Offers services to support LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing, including support groups and counselling. These are available online, as well as in person around London. And provides information for on topics including mental health, coming out, and drug and alcohol use.
Health and social care services in England for people with a learning disability. Also supports people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse or unemployment.
We Are With You
Supports people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, and their friends and family.
Cocaine Anonymous UK
0808 808 2234
81066 (text DAN)
A bilingual English and Welsh helpline for anyone in Wales in need of further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol. Also known as the Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline.
Organisations that can help you support someone else
Information and support for friends and family of people with drug or alcohol problems.
0800 0086 811
Offers support meetings across the UK for anyone whose life is affected, or has been affected, by someone else's drinking. Also provides online support meetings, and a confidential helpline.
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Gambling Support Organisations
Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others do the same.
Gambling Support with a lot of ways to get help and resources
NHS Gambling Support
The National Problem Gambling Clinic
Stop Smoking Support Services