Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. It is a common problem, but help is available.
Substance addictions include tobacco, alcohol. opioids, cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, inhalants prescription drugs amphetamines and other unspecified substances. Behavioral addictions include playing video games, shopping, pornography, sex, eating, exercising, working and the internet. Impulsive Control Disorders include pyromania, kleptomania and intermittent explosive disorder (aggression) and gambling.
Whether you have concerns about your own health or that of another, helplines can provide expert advice and support. NHS111 also has access to a huge database of helplines and resources. Ring 111 24/7
Stop smoking personal quit plan (NHS)
Stop smoking local services near you
Quit smoking advice (NHS)
NHS stop smoking services to help you quit smoking
Health Unlocked – social network for health
Health at Home –how to access NHS services online
App to support cutting down on your drinking – Drink free days
Alcohol – ways to drink less (NHS)
Alcohol support tips on cutting down (NHS)
Take steps NOW to stop smoking (NHS)