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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 resources

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
Advice, tips and tools to help with health and wellbeing.

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

Sources of support

Supports people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, and their friends and family.

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

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

0800 9177 650
Help and support for anyone with alcohol problems.

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


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

Gamblers Anonymous
Support groups for anyone wanting to stop gambling.


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

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

Narcotics Anonymous

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


020 7324 2989
National charity that gives free and confidential advice about drugs and the law.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

020 7293 0994
Support groups for people with sex and love addictions.

NHS Smokefree
NHS information and advice to help stop smoking.

Turning Point
Provides health and social care services for people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.

This information was published in November 2016.

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