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Guide to addiction and dependency support

Get information on where and how you can find support for addiction and dependency. This guide includes support options for addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex, tobacco and gambling.

This page lists organisations offering services and support for:

Support resources for addiction and dependency

Addiction is often linked to mental health problems. Your addiction may have started as a way to cope with feelings that you felt unable to deal with in other ways.

Some of the following organisations may be able to help you understand and manage your addiction.

You may be going through further experiences related to addiction and dependency. Our information on trauma, bereavement and support for abuse might be helpful.

For general information about addiction

Beating Addictions
Information about a range of addictive behaviours and treatments.

Information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

NHS Live Well
Advice, tips and tools to help with health and wellbeing.

For people experiencing addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

0800 9177 650
[email protected] (email helpline)
Help and support for anyone with alcohol problems.

Alcohol Change UK
Information and support options for people worried about how much alcohol they are drinking, in both English and Welsh.

Club Drug Clinic

020 3317 3000
Information and support for people worried about their use of recreational drugs. The clinic offers help in the London boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster.

Cocaine Anonymous UK

0800 612 0225
[email protected]
Help and support for anyone who wants to stop using cocaine.

DAN 24/7

0808 808 2234
81066 (text DAN)
A bilingual English and Welsh helpline for anyone in Wales in need of further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol. Also known as the Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline.


0300 123 6600
Confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law.

Gamblers Anonymous
Support groups for people who want to stop gambling.


0808 8020 133
Information and support for people who want to stop gambling, including a helpline and online forum.

The Gordon Moody Association
Provides online and residential support and treatment for people severely addicted to gambling. Residential centres are located in the West Midlands and Kent.

Marijuana Anonymous

0300 124 0373
[email protected]
Help for anyone worried about cannabis use.

Narcotics Anonymous

0300 999 1212
Support for anyone who wants to stop using drugs.

National Problem Gambling Clinic
Treats people with gambling problems living in England and Wales aged 16 and over.

NHS Better Health – Quit smoking
NHS information and advice to help stop smoking.


020 7324 2989
[email protected] (email helpline)
National charity that offers free and confidential advice about drugs and the law.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

07984 977 884 (Infoline)
Support groups for people with sex and love addictions.

Turning Point
Health and social care services in England for people with a learning disability. Also supports people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse or unemployment.

We Are With You
Supports people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, and their friends and family.

For friends and family

Information and support for friends and family of people with drug or alcohol problems.


0800 0086 811
[email protected]
Offers support meetings across the UK for anyone whose life is affected, or has been affected, by someone else's drinking. Also provides online support meetings, and a confidential helpline.

Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD)
Information and support for anyone bereaved through drug or alcohol use.

Families Anonymous

0207 4984 680
Support for friends and family of people with drug problems.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

0800 358 3456
[email protected]
Provides information, advice and support for anyone affected by a parent's drinking, including adults.

This information was published in February 2021. We will revise it in 2024.

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