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Having an addiction is all about not having control over using, taking or doing something harmful. This lack of control leads to a dependency and a negative impact upon a person’s life. We often think of addictions applying to alcohol or drugs, and although this is very much the case, it can apply to a number of things. This could be gambling, overeating, sex, and exercise amongst others – all activities which can be addictive over time. It is often difficult to pinpoint why addictions develop but it is certain that these behaviours both physically and mentally take their toll upon the addicted person and their loved ones.

Achieve Salford Recovery Service offers city-wide services offering support, treatment and advice to adults and young people living in Salford to enable them to improve the quality of their lives. They also work with family members and carers of those who use substances, whether in treatment or not.

Addiction Dependency Solutions offers a wide range of support and treatment if help or advice is needed with alcohol or drug addiction.

Self Help Guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust offer a lot of information covering a range of issues including drug and alcohol addiction.

Aspire is a service for recovering drug and alcohol users who are serious about changing their lives. The ethos of the service is to improve individual's motivation to change and to enable recovery through a range of psychological and social interventions. It offers a programme of group work and activities, designed to support people in making and sustaining changes. Referrals to Aspire can be made by telephone on 0161 745 9566.

FRANK helps you to find out everything you might want to know about drugs. They offer a national helpline that can be contacted 24 hours a day for free on 0800 77 66 00. They also offer live chat, SMS support and accept email queries – all through their website.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a service for people to share their experiences so that they may solve their alcohol addiction and help others to recover from alcoholism. Their national helpline is 08457697555 with the local branch available on 0161 236 6569.

GamCare in Salford provides support, information and advice to anyone suffering through a gambling problem. They offer live chat, forums, counselling and a national helpline available 7 days a week from 8am until midnight on 0808 8020 133.

National Debt Line is a helpine that provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. You can call freephone on 08088084000.

Salford Welfare Rights Service can offer free, confidential and independent advice on welfare benefits, tax credits or debt problems. They are available to call on 0800 345 7375.

StepChange are the UK’s leading debt advice charity and can offer expert, tailored advice and practical solutions to problem debt. They can be contacted freephone on 0800 138 1111.

Salford Debt Advice offer free independent information, confidential advice, support and assistance with debt problems. They can be contacted 1-4pm from Monday, Wednesday and Friday on 0800 345 7323.

Gamblers Anonymous is a service for people to share their experiences so that they may solve their gambling addiction and help others to recover from the same addiction. In order to contact them it is best to check on the website as there are different contact numbers for different days. Gamblers Anonymous also run a live chat facility and have information for friends and families of compulsive gamblers. Meetings take place across the north-west with groups in Manchester, Liverpool, Bolton and many more.