According to its website, Action on Addition is the only addiction charity in the United Kingdom that works on not just one facet of addiction, but several: research, prevention, treatment, professional workforce development, and family support. The charity has treatment centers throughout England.
ABC reports that Middleton “sees addiction as the source of a number of the social issues she is concerned with.”
In a press release, the organization’s chief executive, Nick Barton, said “It is a great honour for the Charity that Her Royal Highness has chosen to become our patron. We are very grateful to the Duchess whose support will enable us to keep the issue of addiction in the spotlight. Addiction is a consuming condition that results in a great deal of harm to individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. Yet, it is not always well understood or responded to effectively. We are thrilled that the Duchess will be supporting us in our mission to free people from addiction and its effects.”