Addaction is a British charity founded in 1967, that works with people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. The charity works extensively throughout England and Scotland, with administrative base in Farringdon, central London.
In February 1967, The Guardian published an article written by a mother whose son was addicted to heroin. The author was a woman called Mollie Craven, and she appealed for other parents like herself to form an association.
"At present", she wrote, "us parents of addicts are a neglected and ignored group. Some parents have eventually despaired of their child and closed their doors. Perhaps with help and encouragement they might be able to try again with a fuller understanding of the problem, and with support".
Out of this article an organisation called the Association of the Parents of Addicts (APA) was born. At first APA delivered a small number of services funded by grants and private fund-raising. When more harm reduction policies were introduced in the UK to reduce the spread of blood-borne disease, APA developed their treatment services accordingly.
Relationships were built with Government, and policy-makers were invited to visit the services themselves. When illicit drug use and availability of drugs in the UK increased, APA campaigned for more and better treatment responses, including greater and earlier interventions with children, young people and families.
Renaming as Addaction
In 1997 APA changed its name to Addaction. As of 2010 the charity provided services to over 25,000 people a year in services across the country from Addaction Scotland down to Cornwall in England; it did not work in either Wales or Northern Ireland. Over 60 services offer drug treatment support to adults in community-based programmes, and there are dedicated young people’s services, operating under the name Young Addaction.