Breaking the Cycle (BtC)

Children who grow up in families where there is drug and alcohol addiction are 7 times more likely to become addicts themselves. Breaking the Cycle helps vulnerable children through targeted interventions that enable the whole family to recover, thereby breaking the cycle of addiction.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1001957)

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




Over 1.3 million children in the UK grow up in families where drug and alcohol addiction is part of everyday family life. Such children are vulnerable to neglect, lack of structure and isolation. Perhaps forced to care for siblings and parents, an unfair burden can be put on them from an early age. This often has a damaging impact on emotional development, academic achievement and life opportunities. In fact, these children are 7 times more likely to become addicts themselves in later life.


As the leading drug and alcohol treatment charity in the UK, Addaction understands the challenges in supporting the whole family in their recovery from addiction and the need to innovate to help children at risk. Our specialist Breaking the Cycle workers provide individually designed care packages that include a range of services to help people overcome their problems such as interventions, one to one counselling, help with housing, health and support for families to turn their lives around.

  • 'I want people to know there is hope. You just need help and Addaction can give you that help.'

    — Pauline, 57

  • 'The project is innovative, creative and provides effective support for families'

    — Anonymous

  • 'We’ve worked on my drinking, not just for me but for the children. The children are happier now.'

    — Sarah, 43