Addiction and Me

Many people think of addicts as down and outs, living in the gutter, scraping an existence from one high to the next, funding a feckless lifestyle by crime. This week, we look at different types of addictions in the region - speaking to addicts, their families, medical experts and law chiefs to show the emotional, financial and physical toll it takes on all involved.

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Addiction and me: Meet the man teaching children about the dangers of alcohol

All week Calendar is bringing you stories of ordinary people whose lives were turned upside down by addiction.

Today, we hear from Adam Gutteridge, who is now helping children in our region to learn more about how to avoid becoming, as he did, a functioning alcoholic.

He works with the Amy Winehouse Foundation - set up in memory of the singer who died after a drink overdose in 2011.

Jon Hill reports:

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Addiction and Me: three of my sons were addicted to heroin

Research from Sheffield Hallam University shows that one in ten people will suffer some form of drug addiction in their lives.

This week we meet the individuals, families, medical experts and law chiefs who are living with addiction.

We start with Barbara Lawrence, who had three sons addicted to heroin.

Support for people living with addiction

This week ITV Calendar is looking at the emotional, financial and physical toll that drugs and drink take on the people, communities and services they touch.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised and want to talk to someone, please contact one of the below organisations:

Action on Addiction 0300 330 0659

Addaction 020 7251 5860

The Bridge Project 01274 723863

FRANK 0300 123 6600

Sheffield Drugs & Alcohol Co-ordination Team Drug Support - non opiates: 0114 272 1481 Drugs support - opiates: 0114 3050500 Alcohol Support: 0845 345 1549

The Basement Recovery Project 01422 383063

Al-Anon Family Groups Helpline 020 7403 0888 – available 10am-10pm 365 days a year

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One in ten will suffer some form of drug addiction

One in ten of us will suffer some form of drug addiction in our lives, according to a team of Yorkshire-based experts on the subject.

In the first ever UK survey of its type, a team from Sheffield Hallam University's law and criminology department has published an in-depth report on the matter.

Lead by world-renown Prof David Best, an expert in treatment and recovery, the Life in Recovery report reveals the shocking toll addiction costs the region and the country.

40%
of addicts have been a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence

Nearly four in 10 addicts have either been a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence. However, when they enter recovery, this drops to seven per cent. While six in every 10 addicts are arrested at least once, compared to less than three when in recovery.

20
number of years people spend trying to get clean

On average, people spent over 20 years in the grip of drugs or other substances such as alcohol before attempting to get clean.

Of those who do manage to, nearly 80 per find work and lead stable lives.

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