Kate Middleton Urges “Addicted” People To Ask For Help During Video Call

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The Duchess of Cambridge urged addicts to seek help, as new research has found that a quarter of British adults drink more in confinement.

Last Thursday, Kate Middleton, 38, who wore a bold red shirt, made a virtual visit to Clouds House, a rehabilitation center in Wiltshire, to see how they continued their rescue work throughout the lockout period.

The center is managed by the Duchess’ patronage, Action on Addiction, and was able to remain open during the lockdown thanks to its team of dedicated staff who practiced rigorous infection control and complied with PHE and government directives.

Speaking of her fears that more people will need treatment as the lock is released, Kate said, “What is worrying is that all of these people who don’t necessarily come close who struggle, who don’t may not be able to reach out.

“Or the fact that they may not have realized that addictive behaviors have somehow become established, especially if this is the first time – and these are the people who are not necessarily in the process of speak about it.

Kate Middleton, 38, joins a call with follow-up patients (clockwise at the top right) Chris, Claire and Lucy during her virtual visit to Clouds House, an addiction treatment center in Wiltshire, to see how they continued their rescue work throughout the lockdown period June 4, 2020

She continued, “It is by making sure they know they can reach out and that you are there to help and support them in these very difficult times. “

In a video call from her family home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, the Duchess explained to the staff how they had adapted their services, putting them online and reconfiguring the whole center to allow 10 residential customers to be able to isolate themselves during two weeks.

Action on Addiction CEO Graham Beech then informed the King of the results of a national YouGov poll commissioned by Action on Addiction, indicating that addictive behaviors are increasing as a result of the pandemic.

Over a third, 39%, with a history of addiction, have reported a recurrence of their addictive behavior or have recently relapsed during their recovery.

Statistics have also shown an increase in addictive behaviors in young adults and children as young as 12 years old during the Covid-19 crisis.

Some 4% of those interviewed have a close relative aged 12 to 25 who does, which the association claims represents more than two million children and young people nationwide.

Duchess of Cambridge talks to staff at Clouds House a Action on Addiction rehab center in Wiltshire during a video call

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to staff at Clouds House a Action on Addiction-led rehabilitation center in Wiltshire during a video call

The royal urged addicts to seek help, while new research found that a quarter of British adults drink more in confinement

Royal urged addicts to seek help, new research finds a quarter of British adults drink more in confinement

The mother of three spoke to clinical chief Dr. Simone Yule and treatment manager Anya Sparks to find out if they noticed a difference in the number of people who contacted them for emergency help.

Dr. Yule said, “We are seeing more alcohol and community problems. I think we certainly know that alcohol sales have increased exponentially, so the increase in the number of people who are now starting to seek treatment with a lift ban, I think it will have a big impact.

Beech told the Duchess that their website is busier than ever and that they are doing everything they can to connect people digitally and also to let people know that Clouds is still open.

He added, “We did a few surveys and found out that people are having a hard time during the lockdown.

“More people are drinking and playing, but we are also concerned about the number of people who are struggling to maintain their recovery and who are relapsing.

“We are particularly concerned about families and young people and the impact of isolation and addiction.”

The mother of three (pictured left) took the virtual tour to see how the drug treatment center continued its rescue work throughout the closure period. In the photo, speak to Clouds House staff

The mother of three (pictured left) took the virtual tour to see how the drug treatment center continued its rescue work throughout the closure period. In the photo, speak to Clouds House staff

As part of the virtual tour, the Duchess made a tour of the facility and greeted the staff who socially moved away from the outside to greet her during the video call.

She also spoke with former residents of Clouds House, Claire and Chris, who are currently in the centre’s follow-up program.

Chris told the Duchess how coming out of a rehab to be locked up was a “disguised blessing” because it made him “feel safe again”, and how he used Zoom to connect to the center.

He added: “It was a gentle springboard to return to reality. It sort of took away all my temptations, accessibility, the associations I had with friends.

“There’s always the fear of missing out and that kind of thing was taken away in a way, so it was really nice for me, it was sweet. “

Praising the dedicated staff, Kate replied, “It is a lifeline for many people and you know and it is great that they are able to continue the support, whether remotely or those who are currently receiving treatment during lockout and provide life-changing support. “

The center is managed by the Duchess' patronage, Action on Addiction, and was able to remain open during the lockdown thanks to her team of dedicated staff. In the photo, the Duchess of Cambridge speaks to (clockwise from top right) Chris, Claire and Lucy during a video call

The center is managed by the Duchess’ patronage, Action on Addiction, and was able to remain open during the lockdown thanks to her team of dedicated staff. In the photo, the Duchess of Cambridge speaks to (clockwise from top right) Chris, Claire and Lucy during a video call

The Duchess of Cambridge also spoke to Lucy, whose mother was previously resident before the family embarked on a series of classes to help her overcome her addictions.

Lucy said to the royal, “We do it every few months or whenever mom feels she needs it, or whenever we think we need it, and it is a game changer for our family – really to be in a room and to speak as openly as we did. ‘

The Duchess praised the holistic approach of Clouds and Action on Addiction.

“For someone who is suffering, taking this individual and asking them to go through themselves is a real challenge,” she said.

“But if you can attract family members or those around them to try to help them, it’s really amazing and in fact, I’ve heard in the past that everyone learns so much too, so that’s is really fantastic. “

The Duchess promised staff that she would visit in person when the coronavirus epidemic is under control.

Speaking of how the center had adapted, Kate added, “These are unprecedented times, but I’m sure you are doing an incredible job and well done to keep things running and functioning normally. “

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