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4 May 2021

Forward Trust Merger News

The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction have joined forces: As of 1st May 2021, The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction have merged to increase the reach of their recovery services in response to an ever-pressing post-COVID surge in demand.

8 March 2021

The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction join forces to expand much-needed addiction recovery services in the UK

The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction join forces

3 February 2021

ONS alcohol-specific deaths reports

Action on Addiction Chief Executive Graham Beech comments on the 2 reports from the Office Of National Statistics onFebruary 2nd "Quarterly alcohol-specific deaths in England and Wales: 2001 to 2019 registrations and Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) to Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2020 provisional registrations" and "Alcohol-specific deaths in the UK: registered in 2019."

29 January 2021

Didn't make it through Dry January?

How not making it through Dry January isn’t a failure – it could just be the best thing that’s ever happened to you.

8 January 2021

Dont let lockdown 3.0 shut you out of recovery

Finding hope and resilience for Lockdown 3.0.

31 December 2020

2020 Review: Finding hope in a difficult place

A review of our 2020 at Action on Addiction, themed around finding hope in difficult times.

24 December 2020

It's a very different Christmas: 12 suggestions for looking after your recovery

Whatever your circumstances this Christmas, how you are feeling, and no matter how shaky your recovery might seem as a result, it is possible for you to hold on to it. Whatever your circumstances this Christmas, how you are feeling, and no matter how shaky your recovery might seem as a result, it is possible for you to hold on to it.

22 December 2020

In Conversation with Matt Thomas

Clouds House Treatment Consultant Michael Rawlinson in conversation with Matt Thomas, co-founder of Music Support, and communications consultant for Action on Addiction.
Matt talks about the importance of looking after his recovery every day, especially at Christmas, and about how Matt believes addiction is the only potentially fatal condition that can cause the sufferer to behave in a uniquely anti-social and repellent manner, thereby distracting others from it's fatal nature. Talking about the powerful nature of addiction and the associated stigma, Matt also tells some of his own story and how he came to be a founder of the charity Music Support.

21 December 2020

Living With Addiction: Advice for family members at Christmas

Living with addiction: Advice for family members at Christmas

27 November 2020

Action on Addiction welcomes today’s ground-breaking report on the 5 Big Questions

Action on Addiction welcomes today’s ground-breaking report on the 5 Big Questions

25 November 2020

Action on Addiction Statement on The Spending Review 2020

Action on Addiction Statement on The Spending Review 2020

25 November 2020

Cem's Story

Cem Stubbs

20 November 2020

If addiction has taken you by surprise in later life

By Dr Tony Rao, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older People

9 November 2020

Coronavirus: What You Need To Know Podcast

Listen to Michael Rawlinson on the ITV News Podcast "Coronavirus: What You Need To Know" in their episode "Dealing With Addiction in Lockdown"

3 November 2020

Jessica Kang

Jessica Kang

2 November 2020

Terry Parsons

Terry Parsons

27 October 2020

Removing the structural barriers to addiction recovery

Removing the structural barriers to addiction recovery

16 October 2020

In Conversation with Chris Difford

In Conversation with Chris Difford

2 October 2020

In Conversation with Jeremy Thomas

In conversation with Jeremy Thomas

30 September 2020

The Elephant That Is Outgrowing The Room

Now is the time to talk about addiction, the elephant which is outgrowing the room and growing out of control

15 September 2020

Alcohol Use And Addiction During Lockdown

Royal College Of Psychiatrists' analysis of alcohol use and addiction during lockdown: Our support

28 July 2020

My Prudential Ride London

Get on yer bike! To raise money for Action on Addiction 15th & 16th August

24 July 2020

Blackbaud Response

Information relating to a data security incident with a 3rd party service provider of Action on Addiction

1 July 2020

About Relapse

How relapse can happen and what to look out for

26 June 2020

The Brink Cafe, Liverpool

Therapeutic addiction services for individuals and families in Liverpool to remain available as The Brink Café, Liverpool sadly closes.

9 June 2020

The Duchess Of Cambridge Makes A Virtual Visit To Clouds House

On Thursday 4th June our Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge virtually visited Clouds House, to see how we have continued our livesaving work throughout the lockdown period.

8 June 2020

Getting in early, supporting families, and stopping the stigma of addiction

Sally Benton, Action on Addiction's Director of Strategy and Communications, on getting in early, supporting families, and stopping the stigma of addiction

4 June 2020

Children of addicted parents

Children of addicted parents: You are not alone

15 May 2020

Could lockdown drinking be costing you more than the price of the bottle?

Alcohol withdrawal: Is lockdown drinking costing you more than the price of the bottle?

11 May 2020

In Conversation with Josh Connolly

Josh Connolly, Spokesperson and Ambassador for Nacoa (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) in conversation with Clouds House Treatment Consultant Michael Rawlinson

28 April 2020

Want to change your life and help others?

We are delighted to call applications for The Distillers Charity Scholarship to our Foundation Degree in Addictions Counselling, a franchised programme of the University Of Bath.

27 April 2020

Help us to promote the far-reaching benefits of recovery

A blog from Action on Addiction's CEO Graham Beech on the urgent need to support well-managed addiction treatment, change the conversation and prepare for the inevitable surge in demand during and post-coronavirus lockdown.

17 April 2020

HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Mental Health Roundtable.

Action on Addiction were honoured to participate in the Mental Health Roundtable chaired by The Royal Highness’s The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

9 April 2020

In Conversation with Tony Adams

Clouds House Treatment Consultant Michael Rawlinson in conversation with footballing legend, former England & Arsenal Captain and Rugby Football League President Tony Adams, talking about recovery, going back to basics during the coronavirus crisis, "zoom bombing" of meetings, structure, commitment, connecting, keeping busy, balance, and spiritual growth.

3 April 2020

In Conversation with Melissa Rice and Jade Wye of “Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts”

Clouds House Treatment Consultant Michael Rawlinson in conversation with "Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts"' Melissa Rice and Jade Wye, discussing recovery during this period of quarantine, physical distancing and staying at home - and how the opposite of addiction is connection.

2 April 2020

Is it the right time for rehab?

Tim Leighton PhD, Director of Professional Education & Research at Action on Addiction, addresses four current questions, which are intended to inform and motivate people struggling with their own addiction, their friends and family, and any professionals who may have clients they would like to refer.

25 March 2020

Isolation doesn’t have to mean disconnection: Recovery and coronavirus

The strict new measures announced by the government are crucial as we protect the vulnerable, combat the spread of coronavirus and, ultimately, save lives. Yet, this extraordinary moment presents a unique challenge to those in recovery.

17 March 2020

Our response to the coronavirus outbreak

Applying for life-saving treatment for addiction whilst the coronavirus outbreak continues, special precautions in relation to coronavirus and what this means for families.

12 March 2020

CANCELLED: The Clouds House Reunion 2020

Taking place on Saturday 13 June 2020, the reunion is open to everyone who successfully completed their treatment at Clouds House and continues to be stable in their recovery. You can invite up to three guests to share this special day celebrating your recovery.

28 February 2020

Action on Addiction responds to Professor Black’s report on drugs in the UK

Action on Addiction Chief Executive Graham Beech responds to Dame Carol Black’s review of what more can be done to tackle the harm that drugs can cause.

18 December 2019

Staying sober at Christmas

Preparation and staying connected are two things that can help people in recovery stay sober over the festive period, Clouds House Treatment Consultant Michael Rawlinson has told the presenters of the BBC Hooked podcast.

16 December 2019

Living with Addiction in the Family at Christmas

Living with addiction can be a stressful, confusing experience, particularly at Christmas time, but there are coping strategies and boundaries that can be put in place to support the wellbeing of friends, family and children.

30 October 2019

New addiction recovery app launched by King’s College London

Funded by a grant from Action on Addiction, with additional financial support from the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, the app has been co-designed by researchers, people in recovery, and the digital health company Mindwave Ventures.

16 October 2019

Former Clouds House clients launch new BBC podcast

Melissa Rice and Jade Wye, two former clients of Action on Addiction’s residential treatment centre Clouds House and community recovery café The Brink, have launched a new BBC podcast today (16 October 2019).

4 October 2019

Creating communities in recovery: Action on Addiction leads debate at Conservative Party Conference 2019

Action on Addiction hosted a key debate at this year’s Conservative Party Conference calling for representatives of public health, the third sector and philanthropists to come together to tackle the growing volume and complexity of addiction in communities across the country.

23 September 2019

Action on Addiction calls for greater awareness of addiction at Labour Conference

Graham Beech will speak at a Labour Party Conference fringe event to be hosted in Brighton on Tuesday 24 September 2019 by Action on Addiction.

19 September 2019

Lt Gen. Sir Hugh Cunningham KBE

We were extremely sorry to hear that our President, Sir Hugh Cunningham, died on 12 September 2019, aged 97.

17 September 2019

First interpersonal group therapy course at intermediary level launched

Action on Addiction launches first interpersonal group therapy course beyond introductory level in the UK.

10 September 2019

Time to re-think our relationship with pain

Dr Simone Yule, Clinical Lead at Clouds House, argues that we need to re-think our relationship with pain if we want to better manage substance abuse and avoid the opioid pandemic that is fast approaching the shores of the UK.

4 September 2019

Applications open for Addictions Counselling degree

Applications to study Action on Addiction’s foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2020 are now open.