Addiction is a state where a person feels dependent upon something physically, psychologically, behaviorally or all three.
If you have an addiction, you are not alone. According to the charity, Action on Addiction, one in three people are addicted to something. That might be gambling, the Internet, drugs, alcohol, shopping, nicotine or anything else.
If you think you, or someone you know, might have an addiction, you should complete the Open Door online referral form. Alternatively, make an appointment to see your doctor.
If you think you may be physically dependent upon drugs or alcohol, you should see your doctor before trying to stop as the effects of sudden withdrawal can be very severe.
Addiction stems from multiple complex reasons and can be a way of blocking out difficult feelings.
Addictive substances, like drugs and alcohol, can initially be very pleasant and enjoyable (sometimes called a ‘high’), which creates a strong desire and urge to repeat these feelings. Such repetition can develop into a habit that is very hard to break, ultimately leading to addiction.
Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.
Who to contact
For initial Open Door appointments please complete the online referral form which is on the Help and Support page.
Sally Baldwin Block B
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322140
Term Time: Monday - Friday 9am - 10.00pm
Vacation Times: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Please note we are closed weekends and Bank Holidays.
If you are worried that you, or a friend, may have an addiction, there are lots of ways to seek help.
The NHS Live Well ‘Treating Addiction Q&A’ is a really helpful guide about when and how to get help, whether for yourself or someone you know.
Students and Addiction identifies specific risks you may face with addictive substances as a student.
Alcohol addiction support
Internet addiction support
- HelpGuide.org – tips for breaking free of compulsive smart phone use
Gambling addiction support
Mind Your Head videos