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.
There's no single reason why addictions develop. Regularly drinking alcohol or using other substances, or spending time gambling or on the internet, 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:
If you would like more information or are worried that you, a member of your family or a friend has a problem, please visit the following websites for more advice:
Wiltshire Addiction Support Project: www.addiction-support.co.uk
FRANK helps you to find out everything you want to know about drugs. For friendly, confidential advice, Talk to FRANK www.talktofrank.com