Addiction affects a person both physically and psychologically. A person can become dependent on either substance (i.e. drugs or alcohol) or to certain activities (e.g. gambling, sex, the Internet), leading to recurrent social, interpersonal, or legal problems.
Addiction is characterised by the following:
Some long-term effects of addiction include liver damage, stomach ulcers, sexual and weight problems, and depression. Research has shown that addictions in adolescence may negatively impact psychological development as the brain is still rapidly developing. Those affected may have difficulties in making sound judgement and planning for the future, resulting in riskier and less advantageous life choices.
Signs of a possible gambling problem:
Signs of a possible alcohol problem:
Signs of a possible drug problem:
To find out more about the signs and symptoms of the various types of addictions, please visit the NAMS website at
http://www.nams.sg, or call the NAMS All Addictions Helpline at 6-RECOVER (6-7326837) to speak to trained NAMS counsellors on a confidential basis for advice 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 served 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.
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