Seek helps pleads kate as addiction to alcohol and gambling rocket
People struggle during the lockdown. More are drinking and gambling and 25 showing a rise in addictive behavior during the lockdown. Experts believe a combination of isolation, boredom, and anxiety may have led to an increase in problems. They have warned charities to brace themselves for a wave of addicts seeking help when the crisis is over. Kate, 38, became a patron of Action on Addiction in 2012, after deciding the problem was the root of many miseries. Last week she made a video call to the charity’s Clouds House rehabilitation center in EastKnoyle, Wiltshire, from her family’s home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk to talk to staff about how they have taken their services online. She discussed fears that more people will need treatment as Covad-19 restrictions ease.
She said: “The worrying thing is, it is all those people who aren’t necessarily reaching out who are struggling, who perhaps don’t feel they can reach out.“Or the fact that maybe they haven’t realized that addictive behaviors have sort of established. And it’s those people who aren’t necessarily being vocal about it. It’s making sure that they know they can reach out and that you are there to help and support them in this very difficult time.”Kate first visited the Wiltshire center in 2012 and has since toured the charity’s bases in Essex, London, Liverpool, and Stockton-on-Tees. Clinical lead Dr. Simone Yule said: “We are seeing more alcohol issues and in the community.“We know alcohol sales have gone up exponentially, so the rise in people that are now starting to seek treatment with lockdown gradually lifting, I think that is going to have a big impact.”Chief executive Graham Beech said: “We are getting inquiries from people who are not sure where to go and are not sure that treatment is available.“So our website is busier than it’s ever been and we are doing as much as we can to connect people digitally. But we are also giving a very strong message which is, Clouds are still open.“We admitted last week and will be admitting clients this week, so we are very much open for business and have been throughout.“People are struggling during a lockdown. More people are drinking and gambling but also we are concerned about the number of people struggling to maintain their recovery who are relapsing. We are particularly concerned about families and young people and the impact that lockdown and addiction are having. Treatment manager Anya Sparkstold her how they had rearranged the entire center to allow their 10residential clients to be able to isolate for two weeks when admitted and social distance throughout their stay. She said: “And we have had to reconfigure the group therapy rooms so we are using bigger rooms so that clients can still connect and still do it. It’s such an integral part of the treatment program. It’s such an important thing to maintain the patency of the treatment so we’ve ensured that the group rooms are big enough to ensure that the groups maintain that potency.
The Duchess popped into the center, virtually, of course, to thank staffers who have kept the facility open through the coronavirus pandemic. Kate has a special attachment to Clouds House, as it is run by her patronage, Action on Addiction, a charity that focuses on helping treat people suffering from various addictions, in addition to providing support for families, and conducting research. Throughout the visit, the Duchess applauded Clouds House’s methods and “holistic approach” in treating their patients. While this was the Duchess’ first virtual experience with Clouds House, it was not the first time Kate visited an Action on Addiction facility in some shape or form. The Duchess first traveled to Clouds House in 2012 and has since visited other Action on Addiction centers in Essex, London, Liverpool, and Wiltshire. It only seems like yesterday, which shows you how quickly time goes the Duchess said regarding her 2012 visit. Action on Addiction’s services is perhaps more important now than ever, as the organization recently found addictive behaviors to be on the rise during the pandemic. The charity’s CEO Graham Beech briefed the Duchess on this finding, a result of a national YouGov poll that the organization commissioned. Part of the poll’s findings included reporting that as many as a quarter of UK adults may be drinking more alcohol as a result of the quarantine. Of the people surveyed who described themselves as being in recovery from addiction, 39% reported either a reoccurrence of their addictive behavior or relapse in recovery. While Kate may not have been able to see Clouds House person during this time, she mentioned there may be a future trip in-store to the facility. Definitely, when things get back to normal, I’d love to come and say hello to the team and everyone down there as well the Duchess said.