According to the NHS, addiction is defined as “not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.” According to Action on Addiction, a national charity, 1 in 3 of us is addicted to something. Addiction is most commonly associated with drugs, alcohol, gambling and nicotine, but it’s possible to be addicted to anything, including work, the internet, shopping and sex.

There are a number of sources of support nationally and locally to help if you suffer from an addiction:


All Addictions

NHS information on overcoming addictions


Drugs & Alcohol addiction


Local Drug & Alcohol Support Service

The York Drug & Alcohol Service is delivered in partnership between Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health CiC and provides support for adults and young people in the city of York. They work with individuals, families and communities to prevent and reduce harm, promote recovery and provide information on both alcohol and drug related issues.

Contact details


3 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AU





T: 01904 464680