There are many things we can be addicted to, such as cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, food and coffee.
Anything we use a lot of and all the time (compulsively and obsessively) to ease tension or enhance our mood can be defined as addictive. However, some addictions are much more harmful than others. If there's something you find hard to give up or stop doing that is causing any harm to you or others, then pick up the phone and ring one of the numbers below. Help and support are just a phone call away.
Take a test
- Learn about how to recognise an addiction Test your drug use
- If you think you have an addiction, seek help from someone you trust or call a crisis line.
- Learn about managing peer pressure.
- Seek out a support person who will listen, motivate you, and help keep you safe.
Drugs - help for yourself or others NZ Drug Foundation
Learn from others - Your stories Drug Help NZ
Learn about how drugs affect the brain with the interactive mouse party Learn Genetics (Genetic Science Learning Centre), University of Utah, USA, 2015
Anxiety and addiction guide Ocean Recovery Centre, UK, 2017