The Duchess of Cambridge recently paid a virtual visit to Clouds House, a rehab centre in Wiltshire run by Action for Addiction, where she urged anyone who is struggling with addiction to reach out for help. The visit came as it was revealed that over a quarter of UK adults are drinking more during lockdown.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is Patron of Action for Addiction, made the video call from Anmer Hall and was keen to ask staff how they have adapted their services amid the Coronavirus pandemic as well as express her fears that people will need more treatment as the UK comes out of lockdown.

Speaking to staff at Clouds House, Catherine said, “The worrying thing is, it is all these people who aren’t necessarily reaching out who are struggling, who perhaps don’t feel they can reach out. Or the fact that maybe they haven’t realised that addictive behaviours have sort of established, particularly if it’s the first time – and it’s those people who aren’t necessarily vocal about it.”

During the call, The Duchess of Cambridge was also briefed on a recent YouGov poll, conducted for the charity. The poll showed that 39% of people with a history of addiction have reported a reoccurrence of their addiction since lockdown began.

During the call, Catherine also spoke to Clinical Lead, Dr Simone Yule, who said, “We are seeing more alcohol issues and in the community. I think definitely we know alcohol sales have gone up exponentially, so the rise in people that are now starting to seek treatment with lockdown gradually lifting, I think that is going to have a big impact.”

The Duchess of Cambridge was full of praise for Clouds House staff, “It’s a lifeline for many people and it’s great that they are able to continue the support, whether remotely or those who are actually still receiving treatment now during lockdown and providing life changing support.”

The holistic approach that Clouds House takes in helping people recover from addiction was also praised by The Duchess.

The Duchess of Cambridge ended the virtual visit with these words, “They are unprecedented times , but I’m sure you are doing an amazing job and well done for keeping things going and ticking over as normal.”

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