Know someone showing signs of internet addiction, sex addiction or substance abuse? Learn to spot the signs of addictions and where to seek help.
Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and relapse-prone illness that affects a person both physically and psychologically. A person can become addicted to either substances (i.e., drugs or alcohol) or to certain activities (e.g., gambling, sex, the internet).
Addiction is characterised by the following:
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To find out more about the signs and symptoms of the various types of addictions, visit the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS) website at http://nams.sg. Click here to watch a video on addiction management.
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NAMS provides treatment for behavioural and substance addictions.
A multidisciplinary team at the NAMS Specialist Outpatient Clinic C provides comprehensive assessments, treatment planning, counselling and case management, relapse prevention training and psycho-education for patients and their families. Patients who require inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation are served at the Serenity Centre at IMH.
To make an appointment to see a doctor, please call 6389 2200, or call our addiction support number for more information.
For alcohol- and drug-related problems, call our helpline at 6-RECOVER.
For gambling-related problems, please call addiction support number 1 800 6668 668 or chat with us on our website.
The user's internet or mobile device connection may affect the efficiency of the webchat service. If you experience a lag in your connection, please call our 24-hour addiction support number helpline at 1800 6 668 668 to speak to our counsellors.
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