Addiction

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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.

What can we do to help?

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.

What causes addictive behavior?

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.

In crisis now

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.

Open Door 
Sally Baldwin Block B
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322140
Email: opendoor@york.ac.uk

Opening Times

Term Time: Monday - Friday 9am - 10.00pm
Vacation Times: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Please note we are closed weekends and Bank Holidays.

Related content

What can I do to help myself?

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.

Resources

Alcohol addiction support

Internet addiction support

  • HelpGuide.org – tips for breaking free of compulsive smart phone use

Gambling addiction support

Further support

Mind Your Head videos