First ever Addiction Awareness Week comes to a close
The inaugural Addiction Awareness Week came to a close on Sunday 16 June following a bumper week of activity including a gala dinner attended by HRH Duchess of Cambridge.
Addiction Awareness Week was created to help highlight the widespread and far-reaching impact of addiction, as well as the effect it has on the families of addicts.
Action on Addiction held a roundtable debate at Portcullis House on Tuesday 11th June, chaired by Caroline Flint MP, Alex Burghart MP and The Guardian’s David Brindle and a gala dinner on Wednesday 13th June. The dinner was co-hosted by Michelin-starred Chef Skye Gyngell at her Spring restaurant. The Duchess of Cambridge was the guest of honour at the event and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and fashion designer Bella Freud were amongst the high-profile guests in attendance.
The charity also held events across its service areas and commissioned research by YouGov which showed more than half of Britons (60 per cent) know someone who suffers from addiction as levels of substance abuse continue to soar. Alcohol addiction is the most prevalent with 73 per cent of people who know someone who has ever suffered from an addiction, highlighting it as the kind of addiction suffered.
Elsewhere, many other charities, celebrities and MPs endorsed the campaign via social media, including Russell Brand, Tony Adams, Jon Ashworth MP, Bryony Gordon, Caroline Flint MP, Sabine Getty and Vinnie Jones. A number of organisations held their own events and workshops during the week, including The Nehemiah Project which opened its new centre in Croydon while Tate Liverpool held a series of dance and theatre events on the subject of addiction.