Addiction

About Addiction

Addiction is the lack of control over a particular behaviour to the point where it could be harmful to you. It is closely linked to mental and physical health problems and can have a profound effect on your life and those close to you. You may feel alone or lost as a result of your addiction but we are here to offer you caring and fully confidential support and advice, 24-hours a day. We are only a phone call or click away.


Addiction is driven by rewarding effects resulting in a strong urge to repeatedly engage in a behaviour despite it being detrimental to your health. A more common problem than people think, addiction is a disease and there is no need to feel helpless or alone. Our team of empathetic advisors can guide you towards support and recovery.


Types of addiction

There are many forms of addiction, the most the common being:


  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • gambling

Addiction to food, solvents, sex, the internet, gaming and work are also prevalent and it is important not to feel embarrassed about the type of addiction affecting you.


What causes addiction?

Addiction works in a cycle. Abusing drugs and alcohol or landing a winning bet can lead to feelings of enjoyment or a ‘high’ which ultimately leads to withdrawal symptoms and a powerful urge to use or gamble again. This is when addiction can spiral out of control as you continually chase the high. It can be emotionally draining and you may not know where to start in getting help but you are not alone. You can reach out to us online or on the telephone at any point during the day or night and all help is fully confidential. There are a number of factors which can contribute towards addiction including:



How can you get help?

Do you need help or support? We provide a safe, caring and non-judgemental environment for you and your loved-ones. It often takes small steps to beat your addiction and it can be hard to make the initial step. Racing Welfare is here for everyone within the racing industry. We have friendly, trained counsellors you can talk to and if necessary can point you in the direction of further professional help.


You can call 0800 6300 443 now or if you prefer you can speak to someone online using our 24-hour Live Chat service.


Our services are fully confidential so don’t be afraid to get in touch. There are also many sources online where you can reach help:


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