Duchess of Cambridge To Officially Open New Action on Addiction Treatment Centre

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THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO OPEN AN ACTION ON ADDICTION COMMUNITY

TREATMENT CENTRE
WICKFORD, ESSEX

Wednesday, 7th February 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, will officially open a new treatment centre in Wickford. The centre opened its doors to clients in October 2018 and hosts a rolling cycle of nine-week long addiction recovery programmes. While at the centre The Duchess will learn more about the charity’s community-based recovery programme: ‘Clouds in the Community’. She will join a round-table discussion with healthcare professionals, meet staff and clients at different points of their recovery, and attend a reception to commemorate the opening.

‘Clouds in the Community’ is a Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme (SHARP) that provides an effective alternative to residential treatment, and enables the charity to provide services for more people in more places. ‘Clouds in the Community’ is the starting point for long term recovery and abstinence, and leads to improvements in participants’ physical and psychological health, self-efficacy, and overall quality of life. Independent evaluation of the programme in Essex showed that almost 80% of clients did not return to any treatment service upon completion of the scheme.

Action on Addiction offers life-saving treatment to individuals and families at its flagship treatment centre, Clouds House in Wiltshire, and at its community-based treatment centres in Essex and Liverpool. It also offers education to degree level at The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and funds and promotes research into effective responses to addiction. The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of Action on Addiction since 2012.

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