Addictions can take may forms it may be alcohol or drugs but it may also be gambling, shopping, computers, caffine, eating disorders and there are many others. Addictions may start for many reasons and sometimes the reason for them starting is never known.
If you have an addiction or someone in your family does there is much you can do.
Beating Addictions is a good site to research the subject with many experts offering advice and help.
Alcoholics Anonymous is for those seeking support in coping with alchol dependency or addiction - either your own or someone close to you.
Alcohol Concern is a national agency on alcohol misuse.
FRANK is a comprehensive website on the subject of drugs and has a 24hr helpline 0800 776600