According to the NHS, addiction is defined as “not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.” According to Action on Addiction, a national charity, 1 in 3 of us is addicted to something. Addiction is most commonly associated with drugs, alcohol, gambling and nicotine, but it’s possible to be addicted to anything, including work, the internet, shopping and sex.

There are a number of sources of support nationally and locally to help if you suffer from an addiction:


All Addictions

NHS information on overcoming addictions


Drugs & Alcohol addiction


Local Drug & Alcohol Support Service

The York Drug & Alcohol Service is delivered in partnership between Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health CiC and provides support for adults and young people in the city of York. They work with individuals, families and communities to prevent and reduce harm, promote recovery and provide information on both alcohol and drug related issues.

Contact details


3 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AU





T: 01904 464680



Gambling addiction

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same. Meetings are held at locations across the UK and a range of other support is offered via their website.


Internet addiction

The Priory Group provides a range of guidance and support on a variety of addictions.

UK Addiction Treatment Centres provide support, and a dedicated helpline and online information, relating to a many types of addiction.

The Video Game Addiction Help website provides guidance and information on sources of support as well as a dedicated helpline.