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Addaction's 50th anniversary

1 Mar 2017

In February 1967 The Guardian published a letter written by Mollie Craven, a mother whose son was addicted to heroin. She appealed for other parents like herself to form an association that could research the little understood issue and support each other to find effective ways of helping children with drug problems.

That organisation was founded in 1967 as APA, standing both for the Association of Parents of Addicts, and the Association for Prevention of Addiction, rebranding as Addaction in 1998. 

This year Addaction has been celebrating 50 years of helping people with drug, alcohol and mental health issues into recovery. 

Guardian archive displays the original letter.