According to the NHS, addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.
Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine but it’s possible to be addicted to just about anything.
Action on Addiction
We are a national charity which offers high quality, effective residential rehab and community based addiction treatment.
Action on Addiction provides residential and day treatment for addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling and other behaviours.
Addaction helps people change their behaviour to become the very best that they can be.
It could be their drug or alcohol use or worries about their mental health – we support people to make lasting changes in their lives.
We are one of the UK’s leading and largest specialist drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charities, helping adults, young people, families and communities to change for the better.
Drink aware/drink line
Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. We’re here to help people make better choices about drinking.
FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don’t). For friendly, confidential advice, Talk to FRANK.
EDAS provides support to adults and young people affected by alcohol, illicit substances and over the counter or prescribed medication misuse across Dorset.
Our 46 years of experience enables us to provide services which are delivered with empathy, professionalism and credibility.
On a daily basis, we offer one-to-one support, group work, education and family support to our service users and we work towards positive outcomes for the individual, their families and the wider community.
Email via an online contact form.
NHSHelp available through your GP.
If you want to try a talking therapy, ask your GP. They will know what’s available locally and can help you decide which treatment is best for you.
Lots of GP surgeries provide counselling or therapy services on the NHS. If counselling or therapy isn’t available at the surgery, your GP may refer you to a local psychological therapies service.
You may also be able to self-refer for counselling or therapy. This means you contact the psychological therapies service directly yourself. You may want to discuss it with your GP first.
Email, chat and forum support online.
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to do the same.
GamCare – Gambling support
GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.
We operate the National Gambling Helpline, provide treatment for problem gamblers and their families, create awareness about responsible gambling and treatment, and encourage an effective approach to responsible gambling within the gambling industry.
Our Mission is to support those affected by problem gambling through advice and treatment, and to minimise gambling-related harm through education, prevention and communication.
Chat room available online.