Addictions come in many forms, and they all have one thing in common — they are all linked to a dependence on a substance or behaviour. Some of the most common addictive substances and activities are:
- Addiction to alcohol
- Addiction to drugs
- Addiction to tobacco
- Problem gambling
- Addiction to food
- Addiction to games — or video game addiction
Addictions exert a long and powerful influence on the brain. Substances such as alcohol, drugs and tobacco cause a particularly powerful surge of dopamine in the brain, and it is the speed with which the substance promotes this dopamine release that leads to addiction. The same thing happens during an addictive activity such as gambling or gaming. This leads to a physical dependence on the substance or activity and a history of addiction. As the craving for the activity continues, a psychological dependence develops.
Digital Addiction Resources
The addiction topics we produce resources for include:
- Alcohol Addiction
- Drug Addiction
- Food Addiction
- Gambling Addiction
- Tobacco Addiction
- Gaming Addiction
We publish digital addiction resources for schools to provide help, guidance and education on various addiction topics. The digital addiction resources we produce give addiction information in a sensitive way that informs as well as educates.
Teaching students about addiction can be a difficult task. Our aim is to produce resource packs that deal with the issues in a tactful way that respects the confidentiality of those experiencing addiction.