Kate Middleton Launches Program for Children of Addicts

By Valerie Tejeda 04/24/13

During a rare speech, the Duchess calls addiction "a hugely complex and destructive disease."

Addiction is one of Middleton's main causes.
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Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton visited a Manchester school yesterday to launch a counseling program called M-PACT, which supports children whose parents are addicted to alcohol or drugs. The 31-year-old mom-to-be gave a rare speech during her visit, describing addiction as a “hugely complex and destructive disease. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it." The counseling program is a partnership between the Royal Foundation, UK-based charity Comic Relief and Middleton’s charities Place2Be and Action on Addiction. "Through my Patronage of Action on Addiction, I feel fortunate to have met a wide range of inspirational people who have overcome addiction,” said Middleton, “But those who are addicted are not the only victims. I have been struck by the profound and deeply damaging impact it has on the children of affected parents. Research has shown that children of those who are addicted are seven times more likely to have addiction problems themselves. They are also brought up surrounded by fear, instability and chaos.” The Manchester school is used as a backdrop for popular British tv show Shameless, about a family of children with an alcoholic father. Since choosing to support addiction as one of her main causes since becoming a member of the Royal family in 2012, Middleton has visited a dry bar in Liverpool, toured a UK treatment center, and visited recovering addicts this past Valentine's Day. By launching the new counseling program, she said: “My hope is that through this specialist and targeted delivery of care, these children will have the best possible start in life—the one that they deserve."

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