Kate Middleton Checks Out Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 02/03/12

The Duchess of Cambridge toured a drug-and-alcohol treatment center run by UK outfit Action on Addiction.

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Kate Middleton made a secret visit yesterday to meet with patients at UK treatment center Clouds House, following her announcement last month that she would help combat drug and alcohol addiction. The center is adjacent to the offices of parent company Action on Addiction, one of the four charities which Middleton supports, and whose headquarters she also spent several hours touring. The visit went unannounced by the Royal Court, reportedly because Middleton wants to gain an in-depth understanding of the charity’s work before she carries out any public engagements to raise its profile. “The Duchess will continue to use her time to get to know people at the charity,” said a spokesman. “You can’t learn everything there is to know in one day.” Middleton is next expected to meet recovering alcoholics on Feb. 14 at the non-alcoholic Brink bar in Liverpool, another Action on Addiction project. The future queen's focus on addiction makes sense, as an estimated one in three Britons will suffer from addiction at some point in their lives.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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