Addiction

Addiction doesn’t just mean a reliance on drugs and alcohol. You can be addicted to a range of activities such as gambling, sex, shopping and the internet. It’s considered an addiction when you don’t have control over your behaviour and it is causing damage to your health and/or day-to-day life.

Here you can find factsheets, tips and information, addiction diaries, organisations, apps, podcasts and services available in West Lothian which can help you better understand addiction and how to manage it so you can live the life you want.

Let us know what resource works well for you. If you have any other suggestions for our self-help pages, please send them to julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk.


Factsheets

These factsheets will help you better understand different types of addictions, the causes and the impact it can have.

Addiction factsheet from NHS UK

Addiction factsheet from Your Health in Mind (This organisation is based in New Zealand)

Tips and information

Here you will find tips and information on different forms of addiction.

Advice on addiction from We Are With You

Information and ideas from Get Self-help on substance misuse

An article on overcoming addiction from Very Well Mind

Information on overcoming drug addiction from Help Guide

Addiction diaries

Here are a couple of options for addiction diaries which you can download and fill out in your own time.

Substance misuse diary from Get Self-help

Cravings diary from Get Self-help

Organisations and services

Here is a list of UK wide organisations related to addiction –

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Alliance

Talk to Frank

Gamblers Anonymous

Gam Care

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Narcotics Anonymous

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

Turning Points

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you – West Space service directory


Improve your wellbeing

If you’re experiencing low mood, anxiety, or stress in your life, looking into self-help activities and ideas might be the right option for you.