Our history

Addaction was formed in 1967 when Mollie Craven wrote an article in the Guardian newspaper appealing to the families of people with drug problems to start a support group. Mollie had first-hand experience of dealing with addiction in the family. Her son was already a registered heroin addict by the age of 18. Feeling powerless to help, Mollie wrote: "we parents of addicts are a neglected and ignored group.”

Sadly, Mollie's son died at the age of 21, but she continued her pioneering work into the 1990s, helping to influence policy in the UK.

In 2015, Addaction joined forces with KCA, a charity providing mental health, drug, alcohol and family services across the South East.  It was one of the largest mergers in our sector. We have since rebranded the mental health services as Thinkaction.

For 50 years we have strengthened our links with policymakers and influencers and have greatly increased the number of services we provide. Despite this growth, our central mission continues to be to support individuals, families and communities on the road to recovery.