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Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol and drugs do become problems for many people at some stage. Initially they can bring pleasure or relief from the pressures of daily life but, when used to excess, drugs and alcohol can damage our health and wellbeing.

In a broad sense, an addiction is something that you have difficulty stopping. Historically, addiction has been associated with physical or psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol. According to the BBC website, there are about 2 million people in the UK who have an addiction to a substance or activity. Addictions affect not only the person with the addiction but partners, friends and family as well.

It is possible to cut down or cease using drugs and alcohol. If you are concerned about your drinking or drug use or the behaviour of a friend or family member, you might want to discuss this with an online counsellor or therapist. Treatment approaches used for alcohol or drug problems include cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, hypnotherapy, narrative therapy and health education. No single treatment is effective for everybody and it might be useful to explore different approaches or try a combination of therapies. Realising you have a problem is often the first step to getting better.

This information is only general and is not a substitute for a professional consultation.

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