Addiction is a common problem and help is available.

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 smoking, but it's possible to be addicted to just about anything, including work, internet, solvents and shopping. 

FTCT are unable to award a grant to anyone considered to be in active addiction, as this activity will be contributing towards financial difficulties. If addiction is causing your household financial difficulties, this page offers some guidance links to help. 

NHS Addiction Support

The NHS has lots of helpful advice on what addiction is and links to organisations who support with different types of addiction.

Visit the NHS website for more guidance: Addiction; What is it?

Support with Gambling

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Has your gambling or the gambling of someone close to you had a negative impact on your life? This may include financial problems, involvement in crime, relationship issues or poor health including mental health issues like stress, anxiety or depression.

Gambling problems can affect anyone. If you are worried, or you feel that your gambling or that of someone close to you is starting to get out of control, help and support is available.

GamCare give confidential information, advice and support, free of charge, for anyone affected by gambling harms in England, Scotland and Wales.

Visit their website:

Support with Debt

Stepchange is a national charity which offers FREE and practical debt advice. Whether it's to pay back what you owe with payments you can afford, write off your debts, or if all you need is some time and space to sort out your finances, Stepchange can help. 

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