In her message today, the Princess of Wales noted that she had met many people who had suffered the affects of addiction through her roles as patron of the Forward Trust.
She added: “Addiction is a serious mental health condition that can happen to anyone, no matter what age, gender, race or nationality.”
Speaking on the stigma that still surrounds addiction, the Princess of Wales commented: “Attitudes to addiction are changing.
“But we are not there yet, and we need to be. Still the shame of addiction is stopping people and families asking for help, and people are still tragically losing their lives.