What’s your addiction?

Although professionals and scientists often disagree on what exactly counts as an “addiction” – people can experience problems with misuse, overuse, or compulsive use of a range of substances and behaviours which ‘feel’ like an addiction, including alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, over-exercising, using pornography, sex etc.

Food Addiction

Food Addiction

12 million people in the UK suffer from compulsive overeating to some extent.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

More than 9 million people in England drink more alcohol than the recommended daily limits.

Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction

In 2015/16, around 1 in 12 adults aged 16 to 59 had taken an illicit drug in the last year – this equates to around 2.7 million people.

Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction

48% of respondents have gambled in the past four weeks according to a report complied in Feb 2017 by UK Gambling Commission.

Sex Addiction

Sex Addiction

An American study revealed that 80% of participants with a sexual addiction suffered emotional trauma or sexual abuse during their childhood.

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Reasons to become addicted


When you are young you are vulnerable and more likely to start drinking and using drugs, and maintain the habit into early adulthood. Statistics have shown that those who start to drink alcohol at a younger age are more likely to become dependent in later life.


Research studies estimate that genetic factors account for 40–60% of the risk for developing alcoholism.

Mental health

Individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders.


Much of what we do is habit and some habits are hard to break. Where food is concerned some of our habits relate to our growing up and the surrounding environment. When treating compulsive eating one needs to tackle the food cravings. The reasons for compulsive eating normally relate to bad habits, eating for comfort, stress disorder, the way we look or an issue on a deeper emotional level.

The High

Gambling usually occurs due to the mental “high” after a win, followed by a strong urge to try again to recreate the winning feeling. These feelings can develop into a habit that becomes very hard to break.



Sexual Addiction

Sexual Addiction

Sexual desire and arousal treated

Approached the psychologist with issues around sexual desire and arousal. After a single confidential talk with the psychologist about his issue, he was put in touch with an organisation that could refer him to a skilled psycho-sexual therapist, and given details about 'Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous' (SLAA) meetings in his area.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

Problematic drinking treated

Had several CBT sessions with the psychologist over 5 months to address his problematic drinking. Working on a gradual change plan, he was able to reduce his use of alcohol by approximately 30% overall, and have at least 2 alcohol free evenings per week.



Addiction treatment

The Doctor Medy Psychologist invites you to share your addiction and in return offers you professional guidance and signposting, enabling you to take the first step in taking control of your addiction.

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Further reading

Wiki addiction

Alcohol statistics

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders

New research shows almost half of people in Britain gamble

Compulsive overeating binge eating disorder

Can you become a sex addict?