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Here are the resources we found for addiction for young people:
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YMCA Black Country Group
The YMCA Black Country Group offers help with the most basic things people need in life. They offer support to find housing, work, childcare and overcome addictions. In times of need they are there to support you every step of the way.
Big White Wall
Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that care. When you’re dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, the peer support will help you get through it.
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans, and queer people. They aim to provide advice and information, advocacy, a peer support programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring services, an out of house online chat service and a food project.
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Addiction is when you want to keep doing something so much that you start to lose control over how often you do it. If you are addicted to something, it can start to feel like it’s taking over your life. People can become addicted to lots of different things. On this page you can find information about what addiction is, what you can be addicted to and how you can beat addiction.
Addiction – Identification
Many teenagers face some form of addiction at some point in their life. Although addiction to drugs is most commonly reported - alcohol and nicotine in particular - there are a number of other substances and activities that create the same sense of dependency and resistance to withdrawal. These include gaming, gambling, sex, pornography, food, exercise, the internet and other technology such as mobile phones, work and compulsive buying.
Friends are often the first to notice or to know that someone is struggling with a problem, especially addiction. A person who is worried about their changes in moods, thoughts or behaviours will often confide in a friend. A friend may therefore act as a support in helping someone confront their addiction.
STEM4 is a charity specialising in supporting people with mental health issues.
This section of their website focusses on supporting young people with addiction, and includes ‘4 steps to change’
There is also helpful information on how to recover from addiction: ‘How to Bounce and Not Break’.
App / online service
For Me: The Childline App
The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.
Addiction and Recovery
A woman from Glasgow who started taking drugs as a teenager has launched a campaign to challenge the stigma concerning different substances. This video shows a wonderful metaphor of a plate being broken and then but back together to show the journey of addiction and recovery.