Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and relapse-prone illness that affects a person both physically and psychologically. A person can become addicted to either substances (e.g. drugs, alcohol) or to certain activities (e.g. gambling, sex, the internet).
It is characterised by the following:
Signs of a possible gambling problem:
Signs of a possible alcohol problem:
Signs of a possible drug problem:
To find out more about signs and symptoms of the various types of addictions, please visit the NAMS website at http://www.nams.sg. Click here to watch video on addictions management.
The National Addictions Management Service (NAMS) provides treatment for behavioural and substance addictions.
A multidisciplinary team at the Specialist Outpatient Clinic C provides comprehensive assessments, treatment planning, counselling and case management, relapse-prevention training, and psycho-education for patients and their families. Patients who require inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation are treated at the Serenity Centre at IMH.
To make an appointment to see a doctor or for alcohol and drug-related problems, please call our All Addictions Helpline at 6-RECOVER (6-7326837), between 8am and 11pm.
For gambling-related problems, please call the National Council on Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-6668-668 or communicate with our paracounsellors on gambling issues in real-time via web chat service available from 8am – 11pm.
The user's internet or mobile device connection may affect the connectivity speed of the web-chat service. If you experience a lag in your connection, you may call the Helpline at 1800-6-668-668 to speak to our counsellors.
For information on problem gambling, casino exclusions and visit limits, please visit www.ncpg.org.sg or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may “Ask Jamie@MSF”.
Note: If you need urgent assistance after our operating hours, please call the Mental Health Helpline at 6389 2222.
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