Action on Addiction
|Focus||Alcohol and substance abuse treatment and recovery, including family recovery|
|Headquarters||Wiltshire, United Kingdom|
|Area served||England and Wales, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge|
|Mission||To free people from alcohol and substance abuse addiction|
|Formerly called||The Chemical Dependency Centre, Clouds, Action on Addiction|
Action on Addiction is a UK-based charity that works with people affected by drug and alcohol addiction. It works in the areas of research, prevention, treatment, aftercare, as well as professional education and family support. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has been patron since January 2012.
The charity was formed in 2007 by the merger of three charities: The Chemical Dependency Centre (established in 1985), Clouds (established in 1987) and the original Action on Addiction (established in 1989). The new charity assumed the name Action on Addiction.
The charity’s head office is in Wiltshire, with centers and programs operating in London, Wiltshire, Bournemouth, Essex and Liverpool. In Spring 2011, the charity introduced a family treatment program at a prison in Bridgend, South Wales.
Treatment centers include Clouds House and Hope House. Clouds House is a Grade II listed building located near the village of East Knoyle. The charity also has a recovery dry bar in Liverpool, called The Brink.
Action on Addiction provides abstinence-based Twelve-step programs in residential treatment, structured day treatment and relapse prevention programs at various venues around England for substance misusers as well as counseling and a brief residential program for families, partners and friends.
The M-PACT program (Moving Parents and Children Together, operated under the charity’s ‘Families Plus’ division) focuses specifically on the impact of drug addiction on families. It is an eight week programme designed to help children aged 8-17 whose parents have drug and/or alcohol addictions. The program is based on the belief that healing the whole family, not just individual members, leads to the longest lasting and most successful outcomes. It is provided at various venues around England and Wales.
Research and education
The charity works with researchers at the National Addiction Centre, part of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. The charity played a part in establishing the National Addiction Centre and funds a chair in Addiction Psychiatry.
The charity (through its Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies ‘CATS’) also works with the University of Bath to offer accredited Foundation and BSc(Hons) Degrees, and continuing professional development in Addictions Counseling.
In January 2012, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron of Action on Addiction, one of the first four charities she chose to support in this way. In October 2012, The Duchess also gave her backing to the charity’s M-PACT program.
The Duchess has visited the charity’s facilities on several occasions. On February 14, 2012, she visited The Brink, the charity’s dry bar in Liverpool that offers a night out without the pressure to drink alcohol.
On February 19, 2013 she visited Hope House, the charity’s residential treatment center for women recovering from addiction. It was her first official engagement following the announcement of her pregnancy.
On April 23, 2013 in a speech at the launch of a new Manchester primary school counseling program, a joint project with another charity, The Duchess said, “Through my Patronage of Action on Addiction, I feel fortunate to have met a wide range of inspirational people who have overcome addiction. It is so encouraging to see that with the right help… it can be conquered.”
On October 24, 2013 The Duchess attended the 100 Women in Hedge Funds philanthropic initiatives reception dinner held at Kensington Palace in aid of the charity. She attended the event one day after christening of her son, Prince George. She is a patron of both Action on Addiction and 100WHF, an organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry.
On July 1, 2014 The Duchess visited Blessed Sacrament School in Islington, north London, to review the progress of M-PACT Plus, a project which addresses addiction in families. She was joined by comedian John Bishop.
- '... two drugs workers part-funded by the council, and partly by Action on Addiction, which is a really good charity. Then there's a social worker attached to the clinic, Nina, she's the one who gave me all this - oh, thanks very much,' said Kay, beaming up at Tessa, who had set down a mug of tea on the table beside her.'
In popular media
In May and June 2001, Clouds House was also featured in a four-part series created by BBC Two, Inside Clouds: A Drink & Drugs Clinic. This series traced the progress of several residents as they struggled through six weeks of a (six month) program of rehabilitation.
In 2009, the charity's M-PACT program was featured in a BBC True Vision documentary: Brought Up By Booze hosted by Calum Best (footballer George Best's son). Moving Parents and Children Together 'supports children/young people aged 10–17 who are experiencing the effects of parental substance misuse within the family...' and 'offers a Whole Family Approach'.
Celebrity supporters of the charity (and of the founding charities) from television, music and fashion at various times have included: Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Sir David Frost, Joanna Lumley, Emilia Fox, Patsy Palmer, Roger Black, Edward Fox, Tania Bryer, Siân Lloyd, Trinny Woodall, Susannah Constantine, Laura Bailey, Tamara Beckwith, Sophie Anderton, Caprice Bourret, Lucy Ferry, and David Shilling.
Celebrity supporters from sport have included: British tennis players, Annabel Croft and Andrew Castle; Romanian former World No. 1 professional tennis player Ilie Năstase; English footballer, Dion Dublin; British rower, Sir Matthew Pinsent; West Indian cricket player, Alvin Kallicharan; and British sailor, Tracy Edwards; as well as former track and field athlete, Chairman of the board of the bid company for the London 2012 Olympics and British politician, The Right Honourable The Lord Coe, Sebastian Coe.
Action on Addiction is a registered charity (number 1117988) and a company registered in England and Wales limited by guarantee (number 05947481). Its registered address is: Head Office, East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6BE.
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