Compulsive gambling, also called gambling disorder, is the urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life.

Gambling means that you're willing to risk something you value in the hope of getting something of even greater value.

Gambling can stimulate the brain's reward system much like drugs or alcohol can, leading to addiction.

If you have a problem with compulsive gambling, you may continually chase bets that lead to losses, hide your behaviour, deplete savings, accumulate debt, or even resort to theft or fraud to support your addiction.

If you can recognise your own behaviour you need to seek professional help.

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Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It's usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.

Sometimes when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. Over half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm.

However, the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Sometimes the reason is a mixture of both.

Self-harm can also be a cry for help.

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There is no safe way to get 'high' by inhaling volatile substances such as solvents.

Anyone abusing volatile substances puts themselves at risk of death which can happen on first time use, or after frequent use. When mixing with other drugs including alcohol the risks may be increased.

The effects can vary from one person to another so it is difficult to predict the effects on the individual; a high can last anything from a few minutes to just over half an hour. Mild hangovers or headaches can occur after the immediate effects wear off.

When they are inhaled, gases, solvents and aerosols have an almost immediate effect. The substances, which are soluble in body fat, enter the blood stream directly from the lungs and they rapidly reach the brain and other organs.

They have a depressant effect on the central nervous system; depression or aggressiveness are frequently mentioned as linked to excessive use.

When high from Solvent Abuse, effects may include slurred speech, the inability to co-ordinate movements, euphoria, dizziness, lethargy. Nausea and vomiting are also common side effects during or shortly after use and users have reported suffering from sneezing, coughing, nose bleeds, tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Solvent Abuse can also cause altered perception, anaesthesia - loss of sensation and unconsciousness, disorientation, hallucinations and delusions.

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Why are you addicted to alcohol?
What is it covering up?
Is it a very painful past and a fear of the future or an inability to face what is going on inside you?

Is there pain, guilt or anger that won't go away?
Is there no way forward?
We all reach a time and we all reach a place in our lives when reality has to the faced.
You CAN pick yourself up because your life is worth living.

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