If you have an addiction, you’re not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something.
The NHS website defines addiction as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. It is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it’s possible to be addicted to just about anything.
The strain of managing an addiction can seriously damage your work life and relationships. In the case of substance misuse (for example, drugs and alcohol), an addiction can have serious psychological and physical effects. Addiction is treatable, so please speak to your GP or contact an organisation that specialises in helping people with addictions.
To speak to someone anonymously about any type of addiction
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily 10am to midnight)
Talk to Frank
Phone: 0300 1236600
A national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs