Addiction is when someone has a physical or psychological need or dependency focussed on a single state or drug. It often involves compulsive behaviour, where someone might take something or behave in a way which they cannot help, even though it ultimately harms them.
Addiction can come in many forms, but some of the most common addictions in our society involve alcohol, both legal and illegal drugs and smoking - these are the ones which cause the most harm in Wales. The information here is for those who are either directly or indirectly affected by such addictions, including families and carers.
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Though taking drugs is illegal, talking about them isn't. Good advice given about any drug through Talk to Frank, by e-mail or by ringing the confidential helpline. Lots of information on the site itself, including details of local groups that can help if you're worried.
Free confidential help and advice for anyone in Wales wanting further information and help relating to drugs and alcohol. Bilingual service.
TheSite.org is a well established website and online community which covers many topics of interest from advice on drugs, alcohol and addiction to help with unplanned pregnancy or if you parents are splitting up. Advice also if you've lost someone close. It's full of stories, message boards and comments and advice on everything. Appropriate helpline referrals for each topic are given throughout.
Al-Anon offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they are still drinking or not. They have groups and meetings across Wales, details of which can be found on the website. They also run a service aimed specifically at teenagers to help them cope with family members who might be drinking too much called Alateen.
Addaction is one of the UK's largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment agencies, and they can offer help and advice to anyone affected by drug or alcohol misuse (or both), including those who are dependent, their families, friends or carers.