People can develop an addiction or dependancy to almost anything. Initially they may find enjoyment from engaging in a particular activity (e.g. gambling, gaming, shopping) or from injesting a substance (e.g. alcohol, drugs, caffiene). However, if continued use or participation in this activity becomes a compulsive need or begins to interfere with daily life, it could have become an addiction or dependancy. People with an addiction may not be aware that their behaviour is out of control or of the effect that they are having on others.
Addiction can develop as a result of a variety of circumstances; in reaction to stress, as a way of coping with other difficulties or because of environmental factors, such as pressure from others. This can then develop into a physical dependacy which continues to further affect their lives. Professional support can make all the difference in overcoming an addiction or dependancy.