Addiction treatment firm UKAT today announced that treatment at three of its facilities in England can now be accessed via some AXA insurance policies.

The UKAT facilities accepting AXA clients for treatment are Primrose Lodge in Guildford, Surrey; Banbury Lodge in Banbury, Oxfordshire; and Recovery Lighthouse in Worthing, West Sussex.

The move is set to support ‘functioning addicts’; those who are in employment but who are struggling with a hidden addiction or mental health disorder, problems which UKAT say could have even developed as a result of being in lockdown during the Covid-19 crisis.

Nuno Albuquerque, group treatment lead at UKAT, said: “It is true that a person can be an addict and still go to work every day. Addiction does not discriminate and can happen to anyone, from any background, at any time in their life. It can also be extremely discreet, allowing the addict to continue with their day-to-day life without anyone around them knowing of their physical and psychological problem. Hopefully, those who have been suffering in silence can now get the expert help they need.”

UKAT stated that in the past few years it has treated more patients than ever for addictions and mental health disorders stemming from ‘stressful working lives’, which it said mainly include alcohol, internet and social media addiction, eating disorders, gambling, gaming and prescription drug addiction.

Nuno added: “Unfortunately the Covid-crisis has left a lot of people struggling with their mental health, either with pre-existing demons or with new dependencies arising as a result of the pressure of being in lockdown.”

Date published: August 28, 2020

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