You may complain to Addaction if you consider:

  • We have failed to do something we should have done
  • We have done something badly
  • We have treated you unfairly or discourteously

Addaction is committed to providing a high quality services. We appreciate feedback and if something goes wrong we need to know about it. This will help us to continually improve our services. Sometimes Addaction cannot do all that is asked of us. This may be because of lack of resources or for other reasons. However, if something cannot be done you deserve an explanation.

We also encourage suggestions for improvements. Feedback on what we do well is just as useful and very welcome. To give feedback please use the contact form.

It is expected that in most cases the case worker will be working with the local manager to deal with the complaint.

  • Whether your complaint is verbal or written it will be formally recorded by us.
  • Your complaint will initially be responded to by the local manager.
  • We will aim to satisfactorily resolve your complaint within a reasonable timeframe.
  • If your complaint is not satisfactorily resolved it will progress to the next stage where it will be investigated by more senior staff

Addaction is committed to resolving issues raised as quickly as possible. If you are unhappy about how you are being treated we want, whenever possible, to find an informal way to resolve the issue. To help with this we commit to being very clear about what the service is, who it is for, waiting times and what you can expect to happen.

To make a complaint

In the first instance, please speak to a worker, local manager or write/email to your local service.

If you are still unhappy after you have completed this process, you can make a complaint to The Ombudsman. They will normally only take on a complaint if you have been through our process and you are not satisfied with the outcome. Contact their helpline on 0345 015 4033 or visit

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