Definition of Addiction - Addiction is a disease that effects around 2 million people in the UK. Sufferers usually experience strong physical and/or psychological cravings for substances or alcohol. Addictions often begin when an individual seeks out a particular drug to feel good or to escape mental pain.
Addictive behaviour generally involves activities that provide an escape from worries or pain, such as shopping, drinking, gambling, sexual activity, eating, prescribed drugs or spending. It is through this perceived 'escape' that a person may develop long-lasting habits that, in some cases, impede on their every-day lives.
Although everybody has habit-forming tendencies to a certain extent, some people are more susceptible due to genetic factors. And while a small amount of addicts are capable of breaking their habits, most need some form of treatment to help them break their addictive behaviour. Provided, below is a list of charities and services offering addiction counselling.
Find addiction counselling in your area
Action on Addiction - 0800 917 0282
An independent charity that conducts research into finding new methods of dealing with addiction. They rely on contributions from the general public to fund their programs and aim to help people overcome their addictions.
Support line - 0208 554 9004
They provide a confidential telephone service that offers support for all kinds of issues including addiction. Their phones are manned by trained professionals and volunteers, that offer confidential, non-judgemental help
Addiction counselling organisations
This is a network of over 2 000.000 recovering alcoholics worldwide. Group meetings enable people to share their drinking problems, with the aim of overcoming their alcoholism and achieving consistent sobriety.