Addiction can be defined as a compulsive and life damaging relationship with a mood altering substance or behaviour. Examples include alcohol and drug dependence, compulsive gambling, eating disorders and addiction to such processes as sex, work, overspending, and extreme exercise.
When a person is in addiction, their behaviour or substance abuse develops progressively over time and they find that they are unable to successfully stop or cut down despite their wish or their effort to do so.
Although there is no known cure for addiction, it is a highly treatable condition. Throughout Ireland, thousands of those previously in extreme crisis have found recovery and are today living lives free of addiction, fully restored to good health and in trusting relationships with others.