Did you know that there are 188+ (and growing) addictions served by the ‘Anonymous Community’? Addictions UK can claim experience of about twenty or so addictions on top of this list.. Can you name more? Here are some examples suggested by a service supporting addicts in the US:

Addictions are powerful chemical dependencies that don’t always make sense to outsiders or even psychologists, for that matter. What we do know is that if the brain likes what it tastes, feels or sees, anything and everything can become addictive. Here are 25 examples of addictions you didn’t know existed.

1. Work Addiction: People joke about it, but work addictions really do exist. People who are addicted to work obsess over work and spend more than the necessary amount of time at work because it gives them a sense of fulfillment. Workaholics often experience broken relationships, emotional disconnection and other health-related problems.

2. Eating Cigarette Ashes: Addiction to eating cigarette ashes is a form of pica disorder, in which a person craves foods with no nutritional value. People who eat cigarette ashes may have nutritional deficiencies or be anemic. Excessive consumption of cigarette ashes could be toxic and cause gastrointestinal issues.

3. Tanning: Tanning addicts aren’t just soaking up the sun during summer — it’s a year-round activity. In order to release the pleasure-inducing (and addictive) endorphins in the brain, sun worshipers go to tanning salons and sunbathe outdoors to get their fix. Tanning addicts are in danger of developing serious skin cancers and increased signs of aging.

4. Eating Chalk: Chalk eating is a common form of pica disorder that affects both children and adults. Even though it is labeled as non-hazardous, excessive chalk eating can be harmful to your health. Chalk may be contaminated during the manufacturing process and could contain metal shavings, rodent droppings and traces of chemicals that may be dangerous to ingest.

5. Eating Glass: Glass eating, also called hyalophagia, is a pathological and pica disorder that is very dangerous. People who are addicted to eating glass may sustain internal injuries and have serious gastrointestinal issues. Glass eating has been a performance technique for years, and many addicts enjoy the attention that comes with eating glass.

6. Hair Pulling: Hair pulling, also called trichotillomania, is an overwhelming addiction to pulling, twisting and plucking hair from the scalp or face. People who are addicted to pulling their hair typically have bald spots and may disguise their condition by wearing wigs or hats. The cause of hair pulling is not completely clear, but researchers believe genetic and environmental factors contribute to this painful addiction.

7. Eating Dirt: Eating dirt, also referred to as geophagy, may be common among some cultures and species, but it’s also considered a form of pica disorder. Even if reports say that eating some dirt can be good for you, excessive consumption can be very unhealthy. Dirt eaters have a high risk for parasitic infections and poisoning if the soil is contaminated with industrial and human pollutants.

8. Eating Toilet Paper: Toilet paper is another common non-food item consumed by people with pica disorder. Even though toilet paper may seem harmless because we use it on our skin every day, it can contain trace contaminants and chemicals from the manufacturing process. Not only is it unsafe to ingest these chemicals, but toilet paper is not easily digested by the body.

9. Eating Soap: Believe it or not, there are quite a few people who not only enjoy having a bar of soap in their mouths, but they like to eat it too. Eating soap is a form of pica disorder that can have some serious health consequences. The toxic chemicals in soap can cause digestive problems, metabolic changes and affect the blood stream.

10. Eating Laundry Detergent: Eating laundry detergent is a form of pica disorder, in which the consumer retains no nutritional value from the product. This addiction poses a serious danger to one’s health when consumed in excess. Laundry detergent is full of toxic ingredients, such as phosphates, chlorine bleach, corrosive acids and fillers that can make you sick to your stomach and cause several other health complications.

11. Online Shopping: Online shopping addicts will spend a great deal of time and money shopping online for things they don’t need and will never use. This compulsive need to buy is similar to other kinds of shopping addictions, but online shoppers can do it anywhere, anytime. Online shopping addicts often struggle with finances, relationships and work productivity.

12. Thumb Sucking: Thumb sucking is an addiction shared by children and adults alike. There are many reasons why people suck their thumbs during adulthood, such as anxiety and security. Aside from public humiliation and embarrassment, adults who are addicted to sucking their thumb might experience dental problems, social isolation and shame.

13. Online Gambling: Online gambling addiction is a serious problem that can cause you and your loved ones a great deal of pain. Online gambling addicts spend countless hours and inconceivable amounts of money gambling every day. They often experience problems in their relationships, finances and work performance.

14. Bodybuilding: Bodybuilding is something that can start out as normal and healthy, but can become very addictive in no time. Extreme bodybuilding can lead to many unhealthy practices, such as steroid usage. The obsession with being as muscular and strong as possible puts serious strain on one’s body and heart and can lead to disordered eating, as well.

15. Chat Room Addiction: Visiting online chat rooms may seem like an innocent activity, but it has proven to be quite addictive for some. Chat room addicts spend a great deal of time on the computer visiting chat rooms and talking to friends or complete strangers. Some symptoms of a chat room addict include social isolation, irritability and anxiety when not on the computer, depression and problems at work.

16. Romantic Rejection: Believe it or not, romantic rejection is something that people can become addicted to. People who constantly experience romantic rejection may actually become addicted to the pain and distress they feel afterward. This is an unhealthy addiction that could lead to further emotional and mental health problems.

17. Tattoos: For many people, tattoos are like potato chips — you can never have just one. However, there comes a point where getting tattoos can become a serious addiction. Tattoo addicts may be obsessed with the pain of the needle and the adrenaline response, as well as the attention they get from having tons of tattoos. The more tattoos a person gets the greater their chances are for having allergic reactions, skin infections and contracting blood-borne diseases.

18. Facebook: Even though it isn’t an actual medical diagnosis, Facebook addiction is a real concern. Facebook addicts are so enamoured with social networking that they’ve dissociated themselves with the real world. Facebook addicts are always signed on and constantly updating their statuses or looking at others’ profiles. They may have trouble being productive at work and keeping their relationships intact.

19. Text Messaging: Text messaging may be the next dangerous addiction affecting today’s youth and adults. Text messaging addicts are obsessed with sending message after message and may prefer shorthand messages over direct communication, which can drastically impair social skills. An addict’s impulsivity to send a message also increases their chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

20. Piercings: Piercings, much like tattoos, can be very addictive. Whether it’s the pain of piercing the skin or the attention it draws, people can become addicted to piercings in an unhealthy way. There are some serious risks involved with excessive piercing, such as bacterial infections, allergic reactions, blood-borne diseases and damage to nerves.

21. Eating Sugar: Sugar addiction is not just an excuse to eat tons of candy – it’s a real problem. Sugar addicts consume foods and drinks that contain large quantities of sugar, specifically white refined sugar. This unhealthy diet can lead to many health problems, including diabetes, pancreatic problems, bowel diseases, obesity and dental issues.

22. Computer Addiction: In today’s day and age, computer addiction is a real and concerning problem. Computer addicts spend hours upon hours on the computer doing a number of activities that aren’t work-related. The need to be on the computer at all times can cause serious problems in one’s relationships, work performance and overall well-being.

23. Eating Paint Chips: Eating paint chips is a common form of pica disorder that is often seen during childhood. Ingesting paint chips is very dangerous to one’s health and can lead to lead poisoning. Lead poisoning in children can lead to irreversible brain damage and slow physical and mental development. In adults, lead poisoning can cause nerve damage, poor muscle coordination and reproductive problems.

24. Eating Household Cleansers: Eating household cleansers is a form of pica disorder that is more common than you may think. This bizarre eating habit gives addicts a sense of happiness and fulfillment, but also comes with a slew of health problems. Household cleansers contain several toxic chemicals that are dangerous to ingest and can cause gastrointestinal issues and poisoning in large amounts.

25. Life-Sized Love Dolls: It may sound ludicrous, but there is a large group of individuals who are addicted to life-sized love dolls. These dolls don’t just provide sexual partnership; they also offer companionship and acceptance to these lonely individuals. People who are addicted to love dolls are often socially isolated and disconnected with the real world.

Addictions UK has experience of working with many types of addictions. If you feel that your life is becoming unmanageable then please contact us at Addictions UK or telephone us on 0845 4567 030 (International +44 (0) 191 410 9000. Addictions UK has massive experience in alcohol and drug addiction too and we can help with our Home-based Treatment Service with Home Detox available for both alcohol and drugs.

Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians, commenting on the study released today in The Lancet on projection of alcohol deaths in the UK, said:”How many more people have to die from alcohol-related conditions, and how many more families devastated by the consequences before the Government takes the situation as seriously as it took the dangers of tobacco”?

“We already know from the international evidence that the main ways to reduce alcohol consumption are to increase the price and reduce the availability of alcohol, yet the government continues to discuss implementing marginal measures while ignoring this evidence. Just as the government would expect us to treat our patients with effective medicines, we expect the government to take much stronger action to protect people from alcohol-related harm, when will that happen?” (from politics.co.uk)

We have said in our blogs many times that addiction can be a fatal illness – it can lead to “Institutions, Prison and Deaths” and we see that every month just in our own project. Our view is that it is not possible to prevent addiction. We work tirelessly trying to help our clients to improve their lives – and with a great deal of success.

Addictions UK offers help with alcohol and drug addiction. Our Home-based addictions treatment service and Home Detox for Alcohol and Drugs can be successful. Please telephone on 0845 4567 030 for further information.

Those who have had experience of living in a rural location will immediately identify with the difficulties of accessing confidential services delivered from within that rural locality. The ability to keep secrets is far harder in a small hamlet than in a major urban conurbation.

Rural locations hold less problems nowadays to access comprehensive addictions recovery and treatment programmes. There is no need to travel to urban areas to access your treatment.

The day-to-day problems of accessing quality services such as transport, health and social services, education, banks, supermarkets etc. are far harder in rural communities than urban equivalents. As such, living costs tend to be higher and choices are limited. Rural poverty can prevent the accessing of many services. But Addictions UK can now provide effective and anonymous addictions treatment service right into your front room.

Our recovery scheme is accessible on a 24 hour basis. The use of the telephone as a delivery method permits the programme to be accessed at a time to suit all clients.

Addictions UK staff can deliver a personalised one-to-one ‘recovery programme’ into the home of a person who has problems with alcoholism or addictions. The telephone is used to bridge the gap and for us to be able to communicate with you. Thus there will be no person visiting your home, nor will you have to travel to a treatment centre.

This programme is ideal for those individuals who live within close-knit communities who require utmost discretion. The personalised teaching of the recovery/treatment programme will be complemented by the ongoing coaching element of our delivery method. The service is cheaper to access, is available on a 24 hour basis and is guaranteed to be personalised and confidential.

It is the ability of Addictions UK staff members to form close professional relationships with their clients that makes all the difference. Our staff members are all recovering addicts and alcoholics with good long-term sobriety. They know the difficulties of addiction and have worked through the problems whereby they can abstain from addictive chemicals and behaviour on a day-by-day basis. This scheme works and can make a difference to you.

We can receive referrals from practitioners or direct from individual clients. Additionally, we can offer support to your family members and include them in the process of recovery. If you are committed to your own recovery and can make this treatment programme a priority then you may wish to contact us.

Addictions UK are a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment for alcohol and drugs and Home Detox Services. Please telephone us on 0845 4567 030 or see our website for further information.

Have you had a chance to look at four of latest Addictions UK Videos? See below for details!

We have produced four new Videos which are now on our website – Look here to find the page where they are listed. The first Video is called About Addictions UK, the second Video is entitled I can’t do Rehab. The third Video is An Addict’s worst fears and the fourth is Am I an Addict?

More Videos are being prepared – they are all relaxing and informative – we hope you like them…

Addictions UK is a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment and Home Detox for alcohol and drugs. Please see our services and costs on this website, or telephone 0845 4567 030

Addictions UK has revised the long list of Frequently Asked Questions on our website. We also publish them here for general information.

What is Addictions UK?
Addictions UK Ltd. are a Social Enterprise Company and is controlled and managed by recovering addicts with good clean time who wish to make a difference to their community. We consider that people with addictions are a socially excluded group and need special help and assistance with a variety of issues. That is the reason why we established the programme. We do not seek to retain any profits from this social enterprise – getting people well is our reason for existing. We are a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment in the UK.
How long have we been established?
Addictions UK have been established since 2003 – though we became incorporated as a social enterprise in 2005.

Who is the treatment aimed at?
Anyone really! But especially at those people who need help with a problem of addictions to drugs and alcohol and wish to remain living at home whilst continuing with employment and family life. In particular, we can help people who live in rural areas or isolated urban environments, people who work in sensitive professional occupations such as people employed by the police or armed services, medics, lawyers, politicians and other people in the public eye. We also work with people from black and ethnic minority communities, single parents and the elderly. This programme is ideally suited to addicts who are housebound.

Do you offer a Detox Service?
Yes. We can arrange a Detox anywhere in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Detox is an important service in Home-based Addictions Treatment and we are a leading provider of Home Detox Services in the United Kingdom. Please see our Treatment prices for this service – Home Detox is less expensive than residential rehab.

Can anyone receive help this way?
Yes. We have refined a home treatment service that can be delivered to clients living within their own environment. Our recovery programme is client focused and is designed to meet the needs of the individual according to his or her circumstances. Many people do not need expensive residential treatment – Facing up to addiction problems in the home can be more constructive.

Do you work with people abroad – and not resident in the United Kingdom?
Yes! We have worked with clients domiciled in other countries. Please contact us via our web site or telephone us on +44 (0) 191 410 9000 for details. Costs are broadly similar for our home based addiction treatment services.

What can be achieved from this programme?
This is entirely up to you – Addictions UK will give you the tools to creating a new way of living that releases your full potential. The rest depends upon you. We find that clients who really want to change get really good results from the recovery programme.

Who is eligible to join this programme?
Anyone who has reached a decision that they wish to stop using alcohol and drugs. Once you have made the decision we will try and help you. You can self refer. You do not need to inform your own doctor.

What is my commitment?

You must ensure that you have time to participate in this treatment programme and that it will remain your number one priority. The length of time required to work with Addictions UK will vary according to your personal needs and circumstances. Our staff will contact you every day by arrangement and are available for 24 hour support. We will be using a work book and you will be required to consider additional study by DVD and reading key books. We expect the client to be available to work this programme at least 4 hours per week with additional “home-work” which may take another 2 hours. Clients must want to commit themselves to this level of work.

What must I provide to be accepted onto the treatment programme?
You will need a settled address. You must have a landline or mobile phone; ideally you should have both. You must sign a Service Level Agreement and pay a forward payment of four weeks in advance.

Does it matter where I live?
No. This programme can be delivered to anywhere – literally. Some of our clients undergo our treatment programmes whilst living abroad.

How long does the treatment programme last?
Please discuss your needs with us as we have the ability to customise our work with clients to meet their needs. We have several treatment programmes that can be adapted according to the needs of individual client. Please telephone us for further information and a free assessment.

Is your service 24/7?
Yes! We have two separate telephone coaching and Help lines for our clients and their carers – staffed independently. For further information contact us by e-mail, telephone or via our website.

How is this service funded?
Most of our clients are self funding though anyone is entitled to apply for help from their Local Authority / NHS Purchaser. HR Departments sometime assist clients with payments to us. Our Treatment Prices can be inspected on our web pages or telephone us on 0845 4567 030.

Can I fund the treatment programme myself?
Yes. The net costs for this programme are far cheaper than residential rehabilitation schemes. We have a range of payment options to meet all needs. See our Treatment Prices on our web pages or telephone us on 0845 4567 030

How do I make payments if I am self funding this treatment programme?
You can pay by nearly every option available! Self funding clients can pay via standing order, credit card, Paypal, cheque payments can be received over the phone or on our Web Pages. Our Finance office will be pleased to help offer a suitable method for you.

How much do you charge?
See our prices on our website or telephone 0845 4567 030.

Will my conversations be confidential?
Yes – Confidentiality is the founding principal of Addictions UK. Please ask to see our confidentiality policy, which covers all issues concerning this matter. There are issues to do with child protection and personal safety that need to be discussed with clients to protect them and the staff member concerned with the case. Your Doctor and employer need not know of your treatment.

Can all this work be carried out without any face to face work?
Yes – All work is conducted over the telephone and / or Internet with web cam if required. If there are exceptional reasons we will discuss arranging a face to face meeting with one of our team members. In some case we can arrange customised face-to-face meetings but these are charged for in a different way.

Are all the treatment staff members at Addictions UK recovering addicts?
Yes all staff members are recovering addicts or alcoholics with good levels of sobriety and clean time. Some have experience of other addictions such as gambling, and other behavioural difficulties. Our staff members have a variety of training in different therapies and recovery programmes including 12-Steps coaching and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person Centred Counselling. All treatment staff members also possess qualifications in counselling.

Do you offer any Residential Rehab Services?
Yes – but only in conjunction with our own Home based Treatment Services. An example when we would assist with residential services would be used is when the client is not suitable for Home-based services at the commencement of their treatment. A period of residential treatment can help stabilise the person. Home based Services would then continue after the client has returned home from the residential rehab centre. We use Rehabs throughout the UK and Abroad. Costs would depend on the published prices of the residential rehab provider as their charges vary very considerably.

Do you have a contract or Service Level Agreement?
We have a simple contract that does not “lock you in” and is written in simple and easily understood English. Please ask for a copy or download it from our website (www.addictionsuk.com)

Do you offer relapse prevention?
Yes – this can be offered on a regular basis. Please telephone for furtherdetails or see our website?

Do you offer support to people who have found recovery in residential establishments?
Yes we do – But it depends on the programme that was offered in the other facility. We want to help you so please do telephone for us about this question if you are interested in our ongoing help or in our Relapse Prevention Schemes.

Do you work with Addictions other than Alcohol and Drugs?
Yes. We work with people with a range of diverse addictions – too long to mention every one here. If you need help please telephone us or contact us through our website. Examples of other addictions include pornography, sex addictions, gambling, shopping, shop lifting and other “process” addictions. If your life has become of unmanageable – just telephone us.

Do you have an assessment process for this programme?
We can accept clients onto our programme after a discussion with our case work team. Additionally we can offer detailed and impartial assessments where required. Please telephone for further details.

Is “addiction” an illness?
We think so and so does the WHO – The World Health Organisation – though we do know that some people disagree with this notion.

Can an addiction be treated?
Yes – and we obtain very high success outcomes. We do not know of any “cures” to addiction. However people with addictions can live normal lives as recovering addicts. We only seek to remain sober and clean “a day at a time” – days turn into weeks and months into years ….

Does your treatment work?
Yes this programme has helped many people. We would not be doing it if we did not think it worked. Many people have found sobriety and clean time through this programme. If the client is motivated to find a solution to addictions then we can in most cases offer support to assist in this process.

Is Addictions UK affiliated to any other organisation?
Addictions UK are a Social Enterprise Company which is managed and run by recovering addicts and people with experience of addiction. As an organisation we have no political or religious affiliation. The programme is open to anyone with an addiction problem who is committed to his or her own recovery. We have no strategic links with any other organisation.

Can computers be used in the delivery of this programme?
Yes. We will tutor you if you want to use your home or office computer. The use of computers is entirely optional.

Has Addictions UK any approved policies?
Yes. We have approved policy statements in the following:
Ø Code of Ethics
Ø Equal Opportunities Policy
Ø Complaints Policy
Ø Confidentiality Policy
Ø Staff and Management Policies
Ø Health and Safety Policies
Ø Data Protection Policies
Ø Volunteers Policies
Ø Training Protocols and Policies
Ø Staff Support Policies
Ø Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Policies
We are constantly striving to improve our quality standards – if you have any questions or suggestions please contact us and will be pleased to receive your comments.

Do you support Carers, friends and family members?
Yes! We offer a free Carers Helpline and support carers in dealing with this family illness. Please telephone us for details of this service or look on our website.

Are you accredited by any Insurance companies?
Yes. Please contact us for details. We welcome referrals from Employee Assistance programmes. We are also seeking accreditation from the European Association of Treatment Agencies.

Do you provide services to HR professionals for their staff with addiction problems?
Yes. We are experienced in working with HR Professionals within the field of Occupational Health and receive referrals from them.

Can I gain employment with Addictions UK?
We are always keen to work with recovering addicts and alcoholics with good sobriety. If you have this experience and some training in a related subject such as counselling please send us your curriculum vitae.

Do you offer and affiliate scheme to ethical companies / individuals to help market your services?
We are always keen to work in partnership with like minded groups and individuals nationally and internationally with similar ethical values.

Can I receive extended payment terms?
Yes – in certain cases, clients can extend payment terms subject to status and our contract subject a Guarantor being available.

Do you have additional information I can inspect?
Yes – Our Web Pages details all of our services and policies. Our Blog also covers a wide range of additional information. We carry out a wide range of training and consulting services, we work with Employers on addictions support etc – details of which can be found on our website (see www.addictionsuk.com) See www.addictionfocus – another blog site linked to Addictions UK.

Do you publish other websites?
Yes. We offer specialist information on Detox Services through www.detoxanonymous.com and www.HomeDetoxUK.com publicising the Addictions UK brand. Prices, services and contracting arrangement are identical to Addictions UK.

Do you offer any other specialist treatment services?
Yes we offer a specialist Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) service with specialist staff members engaged. We also support work in India and people from South Asia living in the UK. Clients living in India should see www.addictionsindia.com. We also provide specialist customised services on request as we are passionate about the development of client led services here in the UK. Please ask us if we can provide what you need either by telephone or through our website.

How can I contact you?
By phone (0845 4567 030) by e-mail – info@addictionsuk.com by fax: +44 (0) 191 410 9002 or by our web page “contact us section – www.addictionsuk.com and By Twitter, Linkedin

Addictions UK is a Leading Provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment. We are a Social Enterprise and would be pleased to receive more questions from interested parties.

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Over 60 worldclass experts in how to recover from addiction/ dependence will share their knowledge and expertise with attendees at more than 40 presentations. UKESAD is the only event in the UK and Europe which has demonstrated how to achieve long-term, sustainable recovery.

And a big thank you to their Charitable sponsors who have made attendance at UKESAD possible and subsidised entry for all counsellors, therapists, healthcare professionals and researchers. This in turn raises standards and quality of care and policy and thus raises successful outcomes for those who need help to recover from addiction.

Addictions UK has just booked for a place on this important UK event and we look forward to the practical training and the opportunity to report details on our blog. It is an opportunity for us the meet other providers and colleagues within the Addictions Field. If anyone is interested we suggest that they contact the Addictions Recovery Foundation 193 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NE Tel: +44 (0) 207 233 5333 or contact UKESAD via their website here

Addictions UK is grateful for being to attend this gathering and to meet other providers from all over the world. This is an event we cannot miss!

Addictions UK provides Home-based Addictions Recovery and Home Detox Service throughout England Scotland Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. See of Treatment Prices on our website.

People with addictions and their families often in desperation seek a specialist counsellor for professional help. Addictions UK can arrange face-to face sessions in many parts of the UK. Phone Counselling is also available. However, we do recommend treatment sessions that involve multiple and specialised methods – as opposed just ‘counselling’. Please contact us for a free assessment of your needs.

Addictions UK offers free assessment to carers and addicts for a wide variety of recovery treatments. In the North of England, for example, Addictions North East is an organisation that provides excellent, face-to-face support. Earlier in the week we described the work of APSS in Blackpool. There are numerous organisations that we know of throughout the UK that provide face-to-face sessions. Please contact us if you need free advice and we will share with you what is available for you.

Addictions UK also provides Home-based Addictions Treatment for alcohol and drugs and Home Detox services for addicts and carers. Please see our website for further information or telephone 0845 4567 030

Our residential and Home-based Treatment Prices are available here.

There is a high prevalence of addictions among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. A significant number of LGBT people we have worked with have expressed the problems of institutionalised sexism and homophobia that they have experienced in residential rehabs. Addictions UK employs LGBT Staff and we can help clients with one to one therapy sessions.

None of our clients or contacts has gone so far as to accuse the management or ownership if prejudice – they have said that their fellow residents were a cross section of the UK society – and that they came across people who found homosexuality difficult. Others residents felt that their sexuality has played only a small role during their recovery and that no discrimination was perceived.

Addictions UK can help here – we understand that our society is made up of many and differing cultures and that generalist approaches will not be pertinent to all parts of the community. We are a diverse group of people and understand the sensitivities of sexuality. The need for the individual to address such issues can be critical to the success of his or her own road to recovery. Our programme embraces all issues of gender and sexuality within the programme of professional recovery work. We employ members of the LGBT community and specialise in working with minority groups – for that is the reason why Addictions UK was established.

Our recovery scheme is accessible on a 24 hour basis. Our unique one-to-one method permits the Addictions UK programme to be accessed at a time to suit all clients.

Addictions UK staff can deliver a personalised one-to-one ‘recovery programme’ into the home of a person who has problems with alcoholism or addictions. The telephone is used to bridge the gap and for us to be able to communicate with you. Thus there will be no person visiting your home, nor will you have to travel to a treatment centre. This programme is ideal for those individuals who live within close – knit communities who require utmost discretion.

The personalised teaching of the recovery / treatment programme will be complemented by the ongoing coaching element of our delivery method. The service is cheaper to access, is available on a 24 hour basis and is guaranteed to be personalised and confidential.

It is the ability of Addictions UK staff members to form close professional relationships with their clients that makes all the difference. Our staff members are all recovering addicts and alcoholics with good long-term sobriety. They know the difficulties of addiction and have worked through the problems whereby they can abstain from addictive chemicals and behaviour on a day-by-day basis. This scheme works and can make a difference to you.

We can receive referrals from practitioners or direct from individual clients. Additionally we offer support to your family members and include them in the process of recovery.

If you are committed to your own recovery and can make this treatment programme a priority then you may wish to contact us.

Please contact us for further information about Addictions UK Treatment and Recovery. For Home Detox see our Home Detox website or telephone us on 0845 4567 030.

We have written that our charges are now on our website. We re-print them here on our blog in case anyone might miss them.

Home-based and Residential Treatment – Services and Prices Home Treatment Programme – £150.00 per week.

Before you begin treatment, we will discuss with you the likely time required to set you on a secure path to recovery. We will aim to put you firmly on the path to recovery in the shortest time possible but treatments can last four, eight, twelve or more weeks. Your therapist will advise you on the programme that suits you best.

Home Detox Programme – from £1,000.00

Detox is only of value when combined with an on-going treatment programme. You can arrange this separately if you wish or we can add our Home Treatment Programme at the price listed above (£150.00 per week) to your Home Detox.

Tailor-made packages for Detox with extended nursing care are also available. Prices vary according your needs. Please contact us to ask for details.

Recovery 100 Plan – £3000

This twelve-month programme begins with a series of daily sessions for the first three months, followed by weekly Relapse Prevention support for nine months. With appropriate arrangements and guarantees, payments may be made at a rate of £60 per week.

Continuing Coaching and After Care – Free

Our 24/7 Coaching Line and After Care Services are available free of additional charges to anyone who has completed any of our Treatment Programmes.

Support for Families, Friends and Carers – Free

We believe that it is essential that those around you are able to assist with your recovery. With your permission, we will make support services available to them from a separately staffed team of experienced advisors.

Full Residential Care (UK or Abroad) – prices on application

Residential Care is appropriate for those who are not ready for recovery at home but involves considerable addional charges. We are able to offer extensive and effective options for Residential Recovery Treatment either in the UK or Abroad which can reduce your costs by as much as a half. Although the prices will be in line with those listed above, charges vary between different residential treatment centres and everyone’s needs are different so please contact us to discuss what options would be right for you.

Self-test Drug testing kit by post – TBA

These expertly designed and tested kits provide family, friends and carers with reassurance that your recovery is proceeding well.

Self-test Alcohol testing kit by post – £75.00

It is good for your own confidence and for those around you that you can demonstrate the continuing effectiveness of your treatment.


We are happy to discuss Extended Terms for your payments, provided you are supported by a Guarantor.

Addictions UK provides a fully comprehensive Addictions Treatment throughout the United Kingdom. We offer Customised Treatment work with Carers and Family and Friends. We can arrange a wide range of therapy options to suit the client. We aim to offer a “joined-up” service – so if you need our help in any form please ask us. Nothing is too much trouble. As a Social Enterprise we put our clients first.

You must read and agree our terms and conditions as included in the Service Agreement. This document explains what we will do and what we expect you to do as well.

Our charges will be invoiced monthly and you will be requested to pay a forward payment equivalent to four weeks fees in advance.

We are able to discuss discounts for those requiring eight weeks of treatment or more.

You can pay using debit or credit cards, PayPal, standing order, cheque, postal order or Bank Draft. We can commence your treatment immediately if you telephone 0845 4567 030 to make payment arrangements. This list of services does not include our Training, Consulting and Face-to-face Counselling Services.

For further details on Home Detox Services for alcohol and drugs in the UK see our website. Please view the AddictionsUK Website here or telephone us on 0845 4567 030 or

(International) +44 191 410 9000

APSS – A Social Enterprise Recovery Organisation in Blackpool saving lives and bringing Recovery – Look them up …

Alcohol Peer Support Services (APSS) was developed to help reduce the negative impact Of alcohol consumption, alcohol related crime and disorder and anti social behaviour in our communities while also helping in the fight to decrease the amount of alcohol related deaths in the North West of England with other service providers. A huge part of their work is to support those already in recovery and alcohol free after an dependency/addiction to alcohol themselves OR aiming down that recovery route by showing ourselves as living proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel and it can be done. ALL their mentors/volunteers are in recovery and alcohol free themselves following their own dependency to alcohol at some point in their lives and now stable/strong enough to help others by sharing their own journey.

APSS aim to provide caring and confidential services, consisting of an alcohol outreach team, peer-2-peer recovery groups and our own unique 1-2-1 mentoring service.
We have worked with street drinkers, homeless & vulnerable adults suffering from alcohol abuse and individuals returning to Blackpool from detox / rehab or prison !!
They also develop and maintain peer-2-peer led self help groups and services for all in recovery wishing to remain alcohol free, facilitated by abstainers with 2 years + recovery.

We are now an Community Interest Company (CIC) which is an form of social enterprise and officially registered at Companies House 0n 14th April 2009. APSS also provides a signposting/referral link service to alcohol / drug treatment services, tenancy support and volunteering and training etc. We hope you find this information useful. Please tell your friends about this website. This website is dedicated to saving lives. Seize the moment… We are here to help… The Goal Of Increasing Life Expectancy Can ONLY Be Achieved By Preventing The Causes Of Early Death Alcohol Peer Support Services(APSS).

Alcohol Peer Support Services was set up and is run by individuals that have previously, been affected by addiction/dependency to alcohol. All our alcohol mentors and group facilitators have a min of 18 months sobriety to many years in recovery / FREE from alcohol and undergone our own in-house induction training, CRB cleared and complete regular, ongoing Danos modular training We provide support in small group sessions and/or via our own unique 1-2-1 peer mentoring service. Our Definition of Recovery Within APSS is: Recovering from an alcohol problem is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improves ones health, wellness and quality of life. We strongly believe that controlled drinking for any individuals who have lived through any form of alcohol dependency /addiction is a recipe for disaster.

APPS is another Social Enterprise – Registered as a Community Interest Company – who have received support from UnLtd – The Institute for Social Entrepeneurs.
Alcohol Peer Support Services(APSS)
46 Cookson Street
Lancashire FY1 3ED
Tel/Fax 01253 292 300 admin@apssonline.co.uk

Addictions UK offers Home-based Addictions Treatment – please see our website.

Details about Home Detox can be found on HomeDetoxUK Website.

Or telephone 0845 4567 030