Addiction Awareness Week 2022: How to get support and take part

The Princess of Wales sent a message of support for the Taking Action on Addiction campaign (Kensington Palace/PA)
The Princess of Wales sent a message of support for the Taking Action on Addiction campaign (Kensington Palace/PA)

Every year, Action Addiction organises Addiction Awareness Week to spread awareness about the complex causes of addiction and challenge the ongoing stigma surrounding it.

This year, the charity is looking at why addiction awareness matters, including how tackling stigma and misunderstanding will help more people and families access the help they need.

The Princess of Wales shared a message of support for the event, having worked with a number of mental health and addiction charities and organisations in the past.

Here’s a look at how you can take part yourself this year, as well as how to get support for yourself or a loved one.

How to take part in Addiction Awareness Week 2022

The number one way that Action Addiction is encouraging people to take part is by raising awareness online. For that purpose, they’re asking people to use the following hashtags throughout the week, from October 31 to November 6:

  • #SupportNotStigma

  • #NotAChoice

  • #AAW2022

  • #RecoveryIsPossible

You can also download social media assets from the charity’s website to add some extra flair to your posts.

Other ways to get involved include sharing your story of addiction to inspire others if you feel comfortable, or hosting an event to raise awareness around the issue.

How to get support during Addiction Awareness Week

If you are in a crisis situation, call 999 to get immediate support. If it’s not an emergency but you need support with addiction, there are a number of ways to reach out.

The Forward Trust’s chatline provides free, confidential advice on a range of issues, including drug or alcohol worries and mental health and is open between 9 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday.

Clouds House is also recommended by Action Addiction as a provider of life-saving residential treatment for people from all walks of life.

For ongoing support or medical care, you should also contact your GP to be guided to local support groups. Taking part in group sessions such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or Gamblers Anonymous is hugely beneficial for many people.