The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the new Action on Addiction treatment centre in Wickford today.
The Duchess has been Patron of Action on Addiction since 2012.
Action on Addiction offers life-saving treatment to those battling addiction and their families at its flagship treatment centre, Clouds House in Wiltshire, and at its community-based treatment centres in Essex and Liverpool. It also provides education to degree level at The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and funds and supports research into practical answers to recover and addiction.
During her visit, Catherine learned about the nine-week long addiction recovery programmes offered as well as various community-based recovery programmes that the centre runs.
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The Duchess joined in a round-table discussion with healthcare professionals, met staff and clients at different points of their recovery, and attended a reception to commemorate the opening.
HRH also learned about ‘Clouds in the Community’ the Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme (SHARP) that affords a useful alternative to residential treatment and allows the charity to provide services for more people in more places.
‘Clouds in the Community’ is the start of long-term recovery and abstinence and helps to lead those in the programme to improve their psychological and physical wellbeing as well as their quality of life.
On 23 October 2014 Catherine attended the charity’s Autumn Gala Evening dinner and reception in London after recovering from her bout of Hyperemesis Gravidarum when she was just over 12 weeks pregnant with Princess Charlotte.