"Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something, to the point where it could be harmful to you. Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it's possible to be addicted to anything" - NHS.UK
Addiction and dependence are problems that can affect anyone at any point in their lives so it is important to recognise the signs as soon as possible:
Are you having to take/do more of something for it to have the same effect it once did?
Physical or psychological harm:
Has the substance or activity had an adverse physical or psychological effect? Do you feel shame or guilt afterwards?
Lack of control:
Do you find it hard to stop yourself from taking a substance or engaging in a certain behaviour?
Do you persistently think about a substance or activity to the point where it is distracting? Do you often think about how to distance yourself from a substance/activity?
Have you surrounded yourself with only the people who engage with the substance/activity? Have you isolated friends or family?
Conscious efforts to cut down/quit:
Have you tried or failed to distance yourself from the substance/activity in the past?
Do you need to engage with the substance or activity to function "normally"? Do you suffer mental or physical symptoms as a result of withdrawal?
If the answer to one or more of these is yes, then you should consider speaking to NUA's Student Support service. Their advisors can direct you to the most appropriate support service for your specific needs. If necessary they can help you apply for intermission during the recovery process.