Addiction is a physical or psychological need to do, take or use something, to the point where it could be harmful to you.

Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs — both illicit and prescription — alcohol and nicotine, but it’s possible to be addicted to anything, such as :-

Work — workaholics are obsessed with their work to the extent that they suffer physical exhaustion. If your relationship, family and social life are suffering and you never take holidays, you may be a work addict.

Computers — as computer use has increased, so too has computer addiction. People may spend hours each day and night surfing the internet or playing games while neglecting other aspects of their lives.

Solvents — ‘volatile substance abuse’ involves inhaling substances such as glue, aerosols, paint or lighter fuel, to give you a feeling of intoxication. Solvent abuse can be fatal.

Shopping — shopping becomes an addiction when you buy things you don’t need or want in order to achieve a buzz. This is quickly followed by feelings of guilt, shame or despair.

Whatever a person is addicted to, they can’t control how they use it, and they may become dependent on it to get through daily life. professional counselling can offer you support with your coping strategies and work towards your recovery.