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.
Clouds House has been able to stay open during lockdown thanks to our team of dedicated staff who have been practicing rigorous infection control and following PHE and Government guidelines.
On the videocall, Action on Addiction’s CEO Graham Beech gave The Duchess a virtual tour of Clouds House and spoke about the importance of reaching out for help during the pandemic. He also briefed The Duchess on the results of a national YouGov poll that Action on Addiction have commissioned, which indicates that addictive behaviours are rising as a result of the pandemic.
The poll, which was released on Monday 8th June, found that as many as a quarter of UK adults may be drinking more as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, and 39% of participants who describe themselves as being in recovery from addiction reported either a reoccurrence of their addictive behaviour or a relapse in their recovery. The survey also showed an increase in addictive behaviour in the 12-25 age group.
On her virtual visit, The Duchess talked to staff about how they have adapted their treatments and heard their concerns that there may be a surge in demand for treatment as lockdown eases.
The Duchess also dropped in on a group chat with current clients staying at Clouds House, and spoke with those accessing the online Clouds aftercare service.
Action on Addiction is a longstanding patronage for The Duchess and she made her first visit to Clouds House in 2012. Since then she has also visited our facilities in Essex, London and Liverpool.