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Types of addictions

As we’re all only too aware, there are numerous different types of addictions that people succumb to despite their best efforts to maintain control.

That’s why Port of Call is on hand to help you find the help and guidance that work best for you and your circumstances.

Whether it’s a loved one, a friend, a colleague or yourself that struggles with addiction, it is important not to ignore the problem in the hopes you may regain control. Addiction is usually the result of a deep-seeded issue and until the core problem is resolved, recovery is difficult. The earlier the underlying problem is treated, the better the chances of long-term freedom from addiction.

Port of Call can provide support to anyone suffering from many forms of addiction. Call us today on 0800 002 9010. It could be the most important call that you ever make.

Let’s take a look at the different types of addictions that people throughout the UK struggle with regularly.

Alcohol addiction

Alcohol may be a legal substance, but excessive use can become extremely dangerous. The health risks associated with binge drinking are well documented. However, as is the case with most addictions, being aware of the downsides and quitting are entirely different.

Spotting the symptoms of alcohol addiction isn’t as easy as you might think. In a recent blog post, we put together an “am I an alcoholic” test to help ascertain whether readers were abusing alcohol or not.

NHS studies suggest that around 4% of women and 9% of men suffer from alcohol dependency, although these figures do not include those who are suffering from a dependency without realising.

Have you looked into attending self help groups for alcohol addiction? Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are perhaps the best-known foundation, but there are plenty more to look into within this link.

If you’re worried that you or someone close to you is suffering from alcohol addiction, act fast in seeking professional guidance before the situation worsens.

Call today for free & confidential advice on 08000029010 (International: +44 161 674 9049)

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Drug addiction

With the right support system, anyone can break free from drug addiction.

There are some devastating side effects linked with drug abuse. As is the case with most vices, addicts usually endure strains on their health, personal life, financial situation, working life and mental wellbeing which result in abuse of both legal and illegal drugs.

Tolerance and dependency can quickly develop before the user even realises that addiction is setting in.

There are ways to give yourself a better chance of quitting drugs without rehab, such as choosing who you allow in your life, recognising coping mechanisms and setting goals.

However, more often than not, treatment is the best course of action to getting your life back on track and free from addiction.

Attending a drug rehab programme is proven to be the most effective way of treating your addiction, and Port of Call are here to help you take that first step.

Let’s take a look at three of the most dangerous substances that are often associated with drug abuse.

 

Gambling addiction 

Is your gambling addiction getting out of hand?

Financially, excessive gambling can be one of the costliest types of addictions. If you cannot resist the urge to place a bet, even knowing that doing so is having a detrimental effect on you and your loved ones, then you are likely suffering from a gambling problem.

A vicious cycle can easily occur. Once a bet loses, someone with a gambling addiction often does what is called ‘chasing your losses’. This is when you place further bets to try and make up for the loss and, before you know it, the problem has spiralled out of control.

Compulsive gamblers can find themselves neglecting work or family life, and often feel guilt and remorse.

It can be a slippery slope, but there is a way out.

Take a read of this real life gambling addiction story and become inspired by the way in which Pete turned his life around.

Sexual addiction

Sexual addiction is the term used to describe any form of sexual activity that feels ‘out of control’. To be clear, having a high sex drive does not make you a sex addict.

The problem lies in engaging in sexual activity that you can no longer control. This could involve excessive pornography use, masturbation, visiting prostitutes or using chat lines.

For many, this habit doesn’t necessarily become an issue. For addicts, the inability to control such urges can quickly get out of hand and can dominate your life.

If you find yourself involved in any form of sexual activity that is harming yourself or your relationship with family or friends, the time may well have arrived to seek specialist help.

 

Hopefully, this blog on different types of addictions has helped to start you on your path to recovery. Addiction can be a lonely place, but you are not alone.

You can speak with a loved one, a friend or one of our trained professionals. Whoever you choose, the sooner you act the better. A life of addiction need not define you, as we at Port of Call know only too well.

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