Addiction and dependency

Gives information on where you can find support on addiction and dependency, which are often linked to mental health problems.

Addiction and dependency

Addiction is often linked to mental health problems. If you have an addiction problem it may have started as a way to cope with feelings that you felt unable to deal with in any other way.

For more information about addiction and sources of support see the links below.

Information about addiction

NHS Live Well 

Information, real life stories and details of support available.

Beating addictions

Information about a range of addictive behaviours and treatments.

Sources of support


National charity providing a range of services to help transform the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol problems - details of local services are available on the website.


Support for family and friends of people with drug and alcohol problems

Alcoholics anonymous
0800 9177 650

Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The Alliance
0845 122 8608

User-led organisation that provides information and advocacy for people accessing treatment for drug and alcohol problems.

Gamblers anonymous

Support groups for people with gambling addictions.

0808 8020 133

Free helpline offering advice, information and support for people experiencing gambling problems.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics
0800 358 3456

Provides information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking, including adults.

National Problem Gambling Clinic
0207 3817 722

Treats problem gamblers living in England and Wales aged 16 and over.

Narcotics Anonymous
0300 999 1212

User-led group of men and women who support each other to stop using drugs.

0845 4500 215

National charity that gives free and confidential advice about drugs and the law.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

Support groups for people with sex and love addictions.


NHS information and advice to help stop smoking.

Talk to Frank
0300 123 6600

For information on drugs and getting help.

Turning Point

National organisation that provides health and social care services for people with complex needs, including alcohol and drug misuse and mental health problems.

This information was published in November 2016.

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