...Just say "No"

Historically, addiction has been defined as physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (for example: alcohol, tobacco, heroin and other drugs) which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.

Addiction can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or particular activity i.e. gambling, food or shopping, despite the negative consequences associated with it. Addictive behaviour is any activity, substance, object, or behaviour that has become the major focus of a person's life to the exclusion of other activities, or that has begun to harm the individual or others physically, mentally, or socially.

  • A person can become addicted, dependent, or compulsively obsessed with anything.
  • Addictive behaviours are rooted in a need to reduce tension caused by inner feelings a person wants to avoid or control.
  • Addictive behaviours are repetitive and seemingly purposeful and are often performed in a ritualistic manner.

The ...Just say “No” programme is a drugs intervention that addresses offender’s relationship between their substance misuse and offending behaviour. Primarily, the programme focuses on the excessive use of alcohol, heroin, cocaine/crack cocaine and other class A substances i.e. ecstasy, LSD, amphetamines and other forms of pills.

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