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Addiction  

The word addiction is usually associated with the use of chemical substances such as drugs (prescription and non-prescription) alcohol, and nicotine etc. Where an ingested chemical is used, there will be significant effects on the physiology of the user which will mean that suddenly stopping using the chemical can cause unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side-effects.  If you are using any form of chemical substances and feel that you need to stop it is vital that you speak as soon as possible to your GP as sudden withdrawal can cause medical problems; this is particularly important in the case of alcohol. Follow this link for more information https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/make-a-change/how-to-cut-down/how-to-stop-drinking-alcohol and see the links page of this site for more help.  

Counselling during recovery can be very helpful in understanding the emotional reasons behind the use of substances CBT has shown to be particularly effective in lessening the likelihood of relapse into using.   

If you are a family member of someone who is suffering from an addiction it is likely to have a major impact on your overall well-being and mental health. It is important that you find as much support as you can for yourself at this time. www.adfam.org.uk   is a national charity that can offer support to families affected by drug and alcohol addictions and they can put you in touch with local support groups as well as provide online support through their forum.