Addictions can become the most important thing in a person’s life and can lead to problems at home, work or school. There’s no single reason why addictions develop. Regularly drinking alcohol or using other substances, or spending time gambling or on the internet (including porn sites), may be pleasurable or relaxing; however some people experience these feelings particularly intensely and have a strong desire to repeat them more often.
There are many organisations that provide help in treating addictions. Your GP is a good first point of contact. They can provide help and advice and recommend specialist addiction services, both nationally and locally.
For further information we have produced a Health Essentials Bulletin (HEB) that provides some background to the help available and links to organisations that offer support. Over the next couple of weeks we will provide information on safe drinking guidelines and tips for cutting down on alcohol consumption.
All information can also be found at: http://cdm2.cemex.com/sites/UK_Health_Safety/HEALTH%20ESSENTIALS/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fsites%2FUK%5FHealth%5FSafety%2FHEALTH%20ESSENTIALS%2FAddictions&FolderCTID=0x012000D5977C4DF5A3EF45BF8A69C9DEF3F950&View=%7B933A129D%2D8189%2D460E%2D9D29%2D91FEA49AC01D%7D&InitialTabId=Ribbon%2EDocument&VisibilityContext=WSSTabPersistence