When people hear the word ‘addiction’ they tend to think of gambling, alcohol or drugs. However, addictions come in many different forms and can include things such as food, shopping and internet etc. People also often believe that addictions are the addict’s fault and it is easy for them to stop. This is not the case, addictions are a mental illness and are often used as a way to cope with other issues in that person’s life.
Addictions can be very dangerous, and in some cases fatal. But if you’re fighting an addiction, you’re not alone. The NHS has estimated that around 2 million people in the UK alone are suffering from an addiction.
What causes addictions?
When in a difficult place in our lives, we often turn to things which we believe will make us feel better, such as alcohol, to ‘numb the pain’. However, this coping mechanism is dangerous, and the ‘come down’ you feel afterwards is what leads you to reengage in the same behaviour and can lead to addiction.
If you are worried that you or someone close to you may have an addiction, you can seek guidance from your GP or look up local organisations which specialise in helping people with addictions.
You can also call the Samaritans anonymously on 08457 90 90 90 if you just want someone to talk to about any sort of addiction.
For more information on addictions, click here to visit the NHS website.