Monday 17 June 2019 : A speech by HRH Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, at the first Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner

The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron on Action on Addiction, attended the inaugural Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner on 12 June 2019 hosted by Action on Addiction and chef Skye Gyngell at Spring restaurant in Somerset House.Read more

Monday 10 June 2019 : Addiction widespread in society with more than half of britons knowing a victim, new poll finds

New findings confirm rise of addiction across society, with alcohol in lead.Read more

7 May 2019: Action on Addiction to participate in the inaugural King's Cup regatta

Action on Addiction has been selected as one of eight charities to participate in the inaugural King's Cup regatta.Read more

17 April 2019: Bikers' fifth annual charity ride

Another successful annual fundraising event for Action on AddictionRead more

7 February 2019: Clouds House Reunion 2019

The Clouds House Reunion 2019 will take place on Saturday 15th June.
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31 December 2018: OBE awarded to Action on Addiction trustee

A trustee of Action on Addiction, neuroscientist Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones FRCPsych, BA (Hons), DOccMed, MD (Imperial), has received New Year Honours. Dr Bowden-Jones is to receive an OBE for services to addiction treatment and research.Read more

20 December 2018: Clouds House rated Good by CQC

Clouds House, the residential treatment centre located in Wiltshire and run by national addiction charity Action on Addiction, has been rated Good in an inspection report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).Read more

19 December 2018: Action on Addiction supports alcohol advice campaign

Action on Addiction spoke to BBC Look East yesterday (18 December 2018) following advice from Essex County Council about alcohol dependency and risky drinking over Christmas.Read more

27 November 2018: Free family support sessions this Christmas

Action on Addiction is offering free family support sessions in the run-up to Christmas for adult family members that are struggling with a loved one’s addiction.Read more

27 November 2018: Annual reunion celebrates five years of community recovery Essex

Action on Addiction celebrated five years of its Essex community recovery programme for people addicted to alcohol and drugs at its annual reunion in Chelmsford on Friday, 23 November 2018.Read more

26 November 2018: The Brink appears on ITV Granada

As part of Alcohol Awareness Week, ITV’s Granada spoke to Carl Bell, Manager of our community dry bar The Brink, located in central Liverpool.Read more

21 November 2018: Dr Tim Leighton: Children gambling is a real problem

Dr Tim Leighton spoke to LBC radio this afternoon (21 November 2018) about the Gambling Commission’s report Young People & Gambling 2018 which has shown that more children are at risk of being harmed by gambling.Read more

19 November 2018: The Brink marks Alcohol Awareness Week with Merseyside candlelight vigil

The Brink is set to host the eleventh annual Merseyside Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Evening on November 30 to remember those who have lost their lives to addiction.Read more

8 November 2018: Graham Beech speaks about residential and community addiction treatment models

Chief Executive of Action on Addiction Graham Beech spoke to BBC Points West on Wednesday 7 November to discuss the changing landscape of addiction treatment in the UK.Read more

15 October 2018: Phenomenal fundraising by Royal Parks runners

Action on Addiction runners at this year’s Royal Parks Half have raised £42,500 with donations from yesterday’s event still rolling in. In total 40 runners tackled the 13.1 mile course around the stunning royal parks of central London with poor weather conditions making it more challenging than usual this year.Read more

2 October 2018: Action on Addiction explores family resilience at Conservative Party Conference

Action on Addiction is hosting a roundtable fringe event at this year's Conservative Party Conference on the theme of family resilience.Read more

18 September 2018: The Brink shortlisted for independent business award

Action on Addiction’s revolutionary dry bar in the heart of Liverpool, The Brink, has been shortlisted for the Community Impact Award in this year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards.Read more

5 September 2018: Applications open for Addictions Counselling degree

Applications to study the highly regarded Foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2019 are now open.Read more

21 August 2018: When social drinking becomes a problem: The Brink talks to BBC Radio Merseyside

Carl Bell, manager of The Brink, Action on Addiction’s dry bar social enterprise in Liverpool, spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside this afternoon (21 August 2018) about when social drinking becomes ‘problem drinking’.Read more

21 August 2018: Local MPs see the impact of cheap alcohol first hand at Clouds House

Local MPs Dr Andrew Murrison and John Glen have visited Clouds House in East Knoyle - one of the best known and longest established residential treatment centres in the UK for people with alcohol and other addictions - to learn more about the impact of cheap alcohol on addiction.Read more

15 August 2018: New dates for family and friends programmes announced

The next retreats for families and friends of from people suffering from addiction have been announced.Read more

17 July 2018: Join the Action on Addiction family at RUN10

Action on Addiction is offering a unique opportunity for supporters and beneficiaries of the charity to come together to achieve a personal goal.Read more

4 July 2018: Action on Addiction responds to the Children's Commissioner's Vulnerability Report

Action on Addiction welcomes today’s report from the Children’s Commissioner which highlights the plight of vulnerable children across the country whose complex needs are not being met.Read more

4 July 2018: The Brink secures funding to support volunteer opportunities

Action on Addiction's Liverpool-based dry bar The Brink is set to support more of its volunteering staff after successfully securing funding from The Albert Gubay Foundation.Read more

15 June 2018: Rehab matters. The ‘cash for patients’ scandal damages addiction treatment

Our CEO Graham Beech has spoken about the damaging impact the cash for patients scandal has on the vital work of addiction treatment.Read more

7 June 2018: Care Quality Commission publishes another positive report on Clouds House

Action on Addiction's Chief Executive hails his team's achievements after Clouds House receives another positive report from the Care Quality Commission.Read more

11 May 2018: New date for family residential programme announced

Our residential family programme was developed 30 years ago to help family members, partners and friends who are suffering or who have suffered greatly from the consequences of another’s drug and/or alcohol misuse.Read more

10 May 2018: Fundraising burst raises £75,000

Whether it was on foot or on two wheels, three outstanding fundraising efforts during April and early May have raised nearly £75,000 for Action on Addiction.Read more

26 April 2018: The Brink supports Liverpool's youth community following funding from PH Holt Foundation

Liverpool’s only dry bar has received a grant of £8,000 over the course of a year, which will be used towards the cost of events, supporting children of those suffering from addiction.Read more

26 April 2018: Dr Tim Leighton discusses opioid addiction worries

Dr Tim Leighton, our Director of Professional Education and Research, discussed opioid addiction on BBC Radio Kent today.Read more

16 April 2018: Fundraisers target bumper weekend

Some 21 runners and over 400 bikers will be participating in fundraising events this weekend in a bumper weekend of charitable activity for Action on Addiction.Read more

29 March: Action on Addiction joins AmazonSmile

Action on Addiction has joined AmazonSmile, meaning supporters can now raise money for the charity simply by shopping at Amazon.Read more

28 March 2018: On track in Africa for Action on Addiction

We'll all be rooting for John Lloyd, Action on Addiction's Chair of Trustees, this Easter weekend as he competes in The Rift Valley Classic 1000 Rally in East Africa.Read more

25 March 2018: When one man’s addiction has a five-person ripple effect

One person’s addiction can have a devastating ripple effect. Today’s Sunday Telegraph looks at how Ant McPartlin’s relapse has a wider impact on friends, family and work colleagues.Read more

22 March 2018: Addictions counselling students benefit from one of the best student experiences

The University of Bath, through which Action on Addiction’s counselling degree courses are accredited, has been ranked the fourth best university in the country by Times Higher Education.Read more

22 March 2018: Extending our reach: scaling the SEO mountain

Action on Addiction runs some of the longest standing and most effective addiction treatment programmes in the UK. Over the course of the last 35 years the charity has helped thousands of people move their lives on in recovery, free from addiction. However we needed to master the art of SEO to reach more people in more places.Read more

21 March 2018: The ‘normal’ men on how drinking took over their lives

Our treatment manager Anya Sparks was recently interviewed by Esquire magazine to talk about alcohol dependency and going into rehab.Read more

10 March 2018: Snow at Clouds: The power of community

Anya Sparks, our treatment manager, reflects on three days in March when the Beast from the East descended on Clouds.Read more

9 February 2018: round-the-clock intensive care at Clouds

In an article for The Parliamentary Review, Graham Beech, Action on Addiction's Chief Executive, discusses how the staff at Clouds challenge the idea that there is anything magical about the work they do. He argues that whilst the treatment at Clouds may seem mysterious to the outside world, the truth is more prosaicRead more

8 February 2018: strategy for community rehabilitation launched

Action on Addiction has announced the launch of its new strategy to make its life-saving treatment available to more people in more places. The strategy, which sits under the banner of 'Clouds in the Community' was launched by the charity's patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, at its new treatment centre in Wickford, Essex, yesterday.Read more

2 February 2018: Action on Addiction featured in The Parliamentary Review

Action on Addiction was invited to share best practice in the provision of addiction treatment, and this article demonstrates how determined leadership and innovative thinking can deliver reform which makes a real difference to people’s lives. The article focuses on the life-saving treatment we offer at Clouds House, and also highlights the work we are doing to reach more people.Read more

31 January 2018: our patron to launch Clouds in the Community strategy

Action on Addiction's patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, will launch the charity’s new community-based strategy, Clouds in the Community, at its new treatment centre in Wickford, Essex on Wednesday 7 February 2018.The strategy will support Action on Addiction’s mission to reach more people in more places.Read more

27 January 2018: more help needed for sufferers of prescription drug addiction

In an article in The Times, Dr Simone Yule, Action on Addiction's clinical lead, emphasises the importance of seeking professional medical help when addressing addiction to prescription drugs including opioids, benzodiazepines and antidepressants. Click on this page to read more about this.Read more

24 January 2018: statement on the closure of Hope House

Action on Addiction confirms the closure of Hope House in March 2018. The charity forecasts that in future it will cost more to help fewer women at a time when less funding is available to sustain the service. Continuing to operate in this way would be contrary to Action on Addiction’s strategy of reaching more people in more places.Read more

21 January 2018: call for minimum unit pricing without delay

In a letter to today's Sunday Times, 101 leading representatives from the world of health, homelessness, criminal justice, children’s and religious sectors, including 45 Parliamentarians, have called for the Westminster government to introduce minimum unit pricing in England without delay. Read all about it here.Read more

15 January 2018: Action on Addiction enters 24-hour radio marathon

Today, Radio City marked the day which has been designated 'the most depressing day of the year' by broadcasting a 24-hour live radio show aimed at tackling the stigma of mental health. Special guests including politicians, high profile celebrities, and sports men and women are all participating in this broadcast marathon.Read more

14 January 2018: Google drops addiction adverts

In a front page article in The Sunday Times, Graham Beech, Action on Addiction’s Chief Executive, has rightly expressed concern and disappointment at Google for profiting from advertising by third party agents at the expense of people who are in active addiction. To read more, click on this page.Read more

7 January 2018: Five key points on referral agents and PPC advertising

Action on Addiction has issued five key points in response to today's article in The Sunday Times: 'Google makes millions from plight of addicts. Action on Addiction does not pay to advertise on Google and, unlike some other treatment centres, does not inflate its prices in order to meet the cost of online advertising.Read more

2 January 2018: Clouds at Christmas

With referrals to UK treatment centres predicted to reach record levels and numbers in Clouds House up by 45% at this time of year, lead practitioner, Michael Rawlinson, tells the Guardian about the challenges and anxieties facing our clients during the festive and new year period. To read more, click on this page.Read more

31 December 2017: DBE for Vivian Hunt

We are thrilled to hear the wonderful news that Vivian Hunt's remarkable achievements have been recognised in the form of a damehood in the New Year Honours 2018. Vivian, who was a trustee of Action on Addiction for ten years from 2007, is awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to the economy and women in business.Read more

13 December 2017: Mary Parkinson

We are very sorry to hear of the death of our friend and colleague Mary Parkinson who died on 10 December 2017. Mary was an amazing ambassador for Action on Addiction. She worked tirelessly to raise the charity’s profile and generate funds in support of our life-saving work.Read more

16 November 2017: minimum unit pricing for alcohol

Yesterday, the Supreme Court judged that minimum unit pricing is legal and can be implemented in Scotland, this is a big step forward in the process of responsible alcohol sales. Action on Addiction is supporting the Alcohol Health Alliance's (AHA) campaign for minimum unit pricing. Graham Beech, the charity's Chief Executive has joined other members of the alliance in signing a letter which is featured in today’s Telegraph.Read more