Addiction is characterized by behaviours that have become out of control, such as gambling or alcohol and other drug use (APA, 2013).
Many people with a substance use or gambling problem have a co-occurring mental health problem (O'Grady & Skinner, 2007).
Trauma, especially in childhood, is often linked to addiction problems. Trauma is more likely to affect the most vulnerable people and populations (Kimberg, 2016).
Stigma, which can appear as prejudice or discrimination, can stop many people from seeking the treatment they need (MHCC, 2018).
Recovery is possible for everyone, and hope inspires recovery (MHCC, 2015).