When you hear the word ‘addiction’ what does it make you think of?
You can be addicted to much more besides, and many young people are getting hooked on digital:
Online addictions may mean you stop looking after your life, friendships, hobbies, school work in the real world. It’s important to think carefully about getting a balance between what you do on your phone, tablet or laptop, and how long you spend getting fresh air, hanging out with friends face-to-face and away from a screen.
Be honest. Can you get through an evening without your phone, gaming or whatever you find addictive?...
...If you can’t, challenge yourself to switch your device off, or whatever it might be, and do something different all evening.
If you don’t belong to any clubs or local groups, think about joining up. They’ll provide a new, fun focus and help you to step away from your addiction.
Why not give volunteering a go? Helping others gives you a real buzz and makes you happier than pleasing or indulging yourself.
Gamcare are a charity that provide help and support to people struggling with gambling or those more widely affected
vInspired is an amazing national website to help you find volunteering which suits your interests close to where you live.