Patron Kate hails addiction centre's work

The Duchess of Cambridge has praised the work of UK-based charity Action on Addiction.
The Duchess of Cambridge has praised the work of UK-based charity Action on Addiction.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that a charity that helps people beat addiction held a "very special place for me", as she opened one of its treatment centres.

Prince William's wife Kate unveiled a plaque to officially open Action on Addiction's centre in Wickford, north of London.

The duchess, who is patron of the Action on Addiction charity, said: "It seems like a long time ago since I first got involved with Action on Addiction.

"I think it's about six years ago, but they have a very special place for me and were really the starting of my learning particularly with now the development into mental health.

"So you are very special to me, it's great to be here and actually seeing the development of where the charity's gone in the years gone past.

"Huge congratulations - I believe so passionately in community projects so I wish it all the best of success in the future."

The programs are described as an effective alternative to residential treatment and allow the charity to provide services in more places and to help more people.

The charity has several sites around the UK where all forms of addiction are treated, including alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling addiction, sex addiction and food-related disorders.