Addiction involves the use of any toxic substance or behaviour which we may use to manage our emotions.
We may feel uncomfortable and unable to function without the use of this particular substance or behaviour since it may initially help us to manage our stress and anxiety.
Addictions may include substance misuse, eating disorders, self-harm and gambling.
Changing a habit can be particularly challenging since it often occupies such a large part of our lives. However if you realise and accept that there is a problem you are on the first step to recovery and getting help.
One of the major challenges is maintaining change when you have made the decision or choice to abstain.