Overcoming addiction

Worried about addiction?

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. An estimated 2 million people in the UK are fighting an addiction.

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but it is often the hardest one.

Drug addiction: getting help

If you have a drug problem, there's a lot of support and help available. Here's where to find it.

Gambling addiction

Find out about the risks of problem gambling and watch a video about one man's gambling addiction.

Sex addiction and love addiction

Love and sex addictions are often the result of childhood trauma. Read about how they affect people's lives.

Treating addiction Q&A

Dr Gillian Tober is the president of the Society for the Study of Addiction. She talks about treating addiction.

'I was an alcoholic mother'

Journalist Niki Shisler got help for her alcoholism when she realised she was no longer capable of taking care of her son.

Advice for families of drug users

Advice for families or carers of drug users, including where to find further information and support.

'I was addicted to love'

Clare Catford describes how her love addiction began and how she eventually overcame it.

Real story: 'My son was addicted to heroin'

Robert and Cassie talk about helping their son recover from heroin addiction

Heroin: get help

Where to get help for heroin and opiate addiction, including information on methadone, talking therapies, self-help and rehab.

Media last reviewed: 07/08/2014

Next review due: 07/08/2016

Drinks tracker for iPhone

Download this free iPhone app to help keep track of your drinking and to get advice

Download drinks tracker iPhone app

Drinking and alcohol

Calculate your units, read about the health risks of drinking too much and find out where to get help and support


How drugs affect you, real-life stories of addiction, where to get help and videos on substance abuse

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