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Support for addictions

If you or someone you know has an addiction, we can help you find help.

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.

Common addictions include alcohol, drugs, smoking and gambling. But screentime or gaming or shopping or even work, can become an addiction. Addiction affects the brain and behaviour, making it hard to break a harmful cycle.

Addiction can affect anyone at any age and can be caused by all sorts of reasons including difficult life events, high stress levels and exposure to trauma.

If you or someone you care for is showing signs of addiction, getting help from specialist organisations can be the first step in moving forwards.

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General support

Help 4 Addiction

Helpline: 020 3955 7700

An independent addiction service throughout the UK.

NHS support

Find services in your area to support with alcohol, drug or smoking addictions.


Telephone: 116 123 (24 hour)

Confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Alcohol and drugs

Turning Point

Drugs and alcohol support.


Find alcohol and drug support near you.

Dan 24/7

Helpline: 0808 808 2234

Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline.


Helpline: 01785 817885

Support for solvent addictions.

Supporting someone

Information from Mind about helping someone else.


Helpline: 0800 0086 811

Support for people affected by someone else’s drinking.


Helpline: 0800 358 3456

Advice and support for people affected by a parent’s drinking.

Other addictions


Information from Young Minds about gaming addictions.


Information from Relate about addictions to porn.


NHS advice and support to help stop smoking.

How we can help and support you

Gambling Harm

Information and resources for you or someone you care about to help with gambling.


Addictions can put pressure on your relationships. We can offer support.

Digital wellbeing

Phone or social media taking over your life? We have tips to build a better screen time balance.

Jonathan’s Story
With the support of the Charity for Civil Servants, I was able to develop a variety of strategies to help me balance work and home life.
Jonathan's Story

What to do in a crisis

Charity for Civil Servants is not a crisis support charity. If you are in an emergency situation, here are some organisations that can help.

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