Addiction FAQs

Do you keep going back for more?
You mean, drink and drugs, right?

You can become addicted to almost anything  – drink, gambling, sex, drugs, football, slots, porn, masturbation, work, computer games, exercise, sugar, shopping. The list goes on. Something fun that gets you buzzing in small doses can become dangerous in big ones, leading to physical and mental health problems. 

I go for weeks without touching a drop.

That doesn't necessarilly mean you don't have a problem. Broadly there are two types of addicts: 

  • The “topper-upper” who needs a fix regularly; 
  • The “regular binge user” who gets blasted every so often. 
What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of addiction include depression, anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations. It will begin to affect your work and your relationships. Addictions mask health problems such as depression. Choosing to be high or drunk all the time may suggest you’re hiding something from yourself. Coming off your chosen high may allow you to see what needs to be done. If you’re concerned, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you think about X when you are doing something else and look forward to it?
  • Do you feel you need more X each time to get the same enjoyment? 
  • Have you made efforts to cut back on X? 
  • Do you do X for longer than intended? 
  • Have you put X before more important things in life like relationships or work? 
  • Have you lied to others about your involvement with X? 
  • Do you use X as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving, for example, feelings of guilt, anxiety or depression?

If you answer yes to some of these, stop X for a month. If that is too difficult then you have a problem and need to do something about it.


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Date published 08/04/14
Date of last review 18/05/20
Date of next review 18/04/23


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