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Addiction NI is IoD NI charity of the year

23 May 2016

Addiction NI

The Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland has chosen Addiction NI as their charity of the year for 2016/2017.

Addiction NI is a locally based alcohol and drug charity that has been delivering community based services in Northern Ireland for almost 40 years. They provide information, support and counselling to individuals affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol and/or drug dependency.

This is a fitting partnership as alcohol costs industry in Northern Ireland an estimated £258.2m per annum in terms of loss of productivity through presenteeism and absenteeism. Working with Northern Ireland’s top leaders in the private, public and third sectors will provide Addiction with a fantastic opportunity to highlight the issues of drug and alcohol in the workplace and among society as a whole.

Thelma Abernethy, CEO Addiction NI, said:  “We are delighted to have been chosen as IoD Northern Ireland’s Charity Partner. Addiction NI has provided a workplace service for many years supporting business to develop and manage substance misuse within the workplace and providing much needed counselling and support to employees. This partnership provides us with the opportunity to challenge the misconceptions and stigma surrounding dependency issues and who is affected. We would like to thank IoD NI for giving us this opportunity and look forward to working with them to raise awareness of alcohol and drug use in Northern Ireland.”

Speaking on behalf of the IoD, Northern Ireland Director Linda Brown commented: “Drug and alcohol misuse isn’t just an issue about an individual employee’s wellbeing, it impacts on general health and safety within an organisation. Employers can be held responsible if they don’t understand the risks involved and it is wise to be proactive in ensuring that addictions do not become a problem. Working with Addiction NI for the coming year will help our members to learn more about drug and alcohol misuse, how it doesn’t just affect the ‘usual suspects’ and where they can get advice, counselling and support for their workforce. We will be welcoming the Addiction NI team to IoD events and promoting their services through our various communications as well as fundraising for them during the year.”

For further information on Addiction NI please visit or call 028 9066 4434.

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