Word on Health with Paul Pennington on addiction

Word on Health with Paul Pennington on addiction

Paul Pennington presents and produces the regular Word on Health feature broadcast on 100.8 Revival FM during the Andrew Polson ME’n’U till 2 lunchtime programme on weekdays from 11.00am.

This week Paul has a focus on addiction.

Paul says: “Our grateful thanks to Action On Addiction for their assistance with our on-air report. Our thanks also to NHS Choices for the use of further information. There are a number of organisations who can provide help and support which are listened below.”

Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity such as gambling. It becomes the most important thing in your life and leads to problems at home, work and school. An estimated 2 million people in the UK are fighting an addiction.

There’s no single reason why addictions develop. Regularly drinking alcohol or using other substances, or spending time gambling or on the internet (including porn sites), may be pleasurable or relaxing. Some people experience these feelings particularly intensely and have a strong desire to repeat them more often.

You’re more at risk of developing an addiction if:

  • other members of your family have addiction problems
  • you experienced stress or abuse while growing up
  • you have mental health problems

Addiction is a treatable condition.  There are many organisations that provide help in treating addictions. Your GP can be  a good first point of contact. They’ll be able to provide you with help and advice as well as recommend specialist addiction services, both nationally and locally.

Organisations below offer further help and support (hyperlinks are highlighted) 

Action on Addiction is the only charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education, support for families, children and campaigns.

FRANK  is a friendly, confidential drug advice service, dedicated to providing information about drugs and support for people affected by the influence of drugs.

Addaction is the UK’s leading drug and alcohol charity. Every year, we help over 40,000 people in England and Scotland to recover from their problems.

Adfam is the only national umbrella organisation working specifically with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Our final goal is that no family member in need of support should go without it.

BeatingAddictions was formed to offer a unique reference point on how to treat and overcome an addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)  is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the fellowship for help.

Drinkaware works to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK.

Narcotics Annonymous  a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. NA members are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

Gamblers Anonnymous (GA) is a 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 do the same. GA members offer the hand of friendship to anyone who is looking to try and stop gambling.

Blue Star Foundation  oniomania, compulsive shopping or what’s more commonly referred to as shopping addiction, is perhaps the most socially reinforced of the behavioral addictions.  Blue Star raise awareness and provide helpful information for sufferers.

Sex Addicts Anonymous UK (SAA) is a group of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other for the purpose of finding freedom from addictive sexual behaviour and helping others recover from sex addiction.

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