Addiction refers to a difficulty in controlling certain repetitive behaviours to the extent that they have harmful consequences. They are the result of powerful compulsions to use and do certain things excessively, often out of a need to escape from upsetting emotions or situations. These compulsions can trigger a self-perpetuating process, which can cause pain and suffering not only for those with the problem, but for their loved ones too.
On this page we will explore addictions in more detail. From the different types of addiction and how to support a loved one, to what help is available. We’ll also explore addiction counselling, and the benefits of seeking professional support.