In Pictures: Patron Kate visits charity which helps people battling addiction

The Duchess of Cambridge has opened a new facility run by the Action on Addiction charity in Wickford, Essex.

The centre hosts nine-week long self-help addiction recovery programmes.

Action on Addiction treats all types of addiction including those for alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, and food-related disorders.

Kate greeted as she arrives to open the Action on Addiction centre in Essex (John Stillwell/PA)
Kate is greeted as she arrives at the Action on Addiction centre in Essex (John Stillwell/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge waves at the crowd as she arrives to open the Action on Addiction treatment centre (John Stillwell/PA)
The duchess waves at the crowd as she arrives to open the Action on Addiction treatment centre (John Stillwell/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge, gets her heel caught in a drainage grate as she arrives to open the addiction treatment centre (John Stillwell/PA)
Kate meets representatives of Action on Addiction (John Stillwell/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge carried on smiling after getting her heel caught briefly (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)
The duchess caught her heel in a grate - but carried on smiling (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)
The duchess met staff and those receiving support (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph)
The duchess met staff and those receiving support (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph)

The Duchess chats to clients at various stages of their recovery about the benefits of 'Clouds in the Community', a non-residential recovery programme that is based at the centre. pic.twitter.com/XPihsb7XmW

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The Duchess of Cambridge opened the Action on Addiction treatment centre in Wickford, Essex (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge opens the treatment centre in Wickford, Essex (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)
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