HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, speaking at Action on Addiction's gala dinner on 12 June 2019, in celebration of Addiction Awareness Week 2019.
Her Royal Highness joined Action on Addiction as patron in 2012. Since then, The Duchess has played a pivotal role in promoting the practical solutions we have developed to enable people to live their lives free from addiction, and also in challenging the stigma that surrounds it.
The world's first Addiction Awareness Week (10-16 June 2019) highlighted the far-reaching, widespread and negative impact of addiction, and the stigma associated with it. The YouGov poll commissioned for Addiction Awareness Week showed that well over half (63%) the British public knows someone who has had an addiction.
The link between effective treatment and research is as important today as it was when Lady Parkinson and the late Professor Griffith Edwards established Action on Addiction in its original guise in 1989. The charity still actively campaigns to raise funds for vital research into different facets of addiction and the treatment of this life-stopping condition.
At a time when the problems of addiction are growing in terms of both scale and complexity, society's capacity to respond to them is diminishing. Action on Addiction is collaborating with leading and like-minded organisations to develop practical, evidence-based solutions which will enable ever more people live their lives in recovery free from addiction.
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By the age of 20, Jack was a high-performing property salesman in London. Working hard and earning lots of money, the high life welcomed Jack with open arms.
After finishing her A-Levels, Sian wanted to study a degree which would lead to a career helping people. However, she knew that teaching and care work were not right for her.
In his job, Nathan did a lot of client entertaining, and found that casual drug use and excessive alcohol consumption were commonplace, and just the foundation his addiction needed to firmly establish itself in his life.