One of our greatest sources of pleasure at The Providence Project is the ongoing relationship with many of the people that have passed through our treatment centre that we have been able to help on their journey to recovery. In the early days we would get a phone call or even a letter, which for younger readers is the way we used to communicate with each other in the old days. That was followed by emails and text messaging but now it seems that the preferred way to communicate with us, or talk about us, is through social media.
Providence Project has a facebook page which many of our former clients use to keep in touch with us and each other and on which we post lots of photos of our annual reunion. It is twitter and how often we have been mentioned on it lately by some of the more famous people that have successfully been in treatment with us that has brought about the idea of this blog. We feel that retaining a link with us is helpful to a person recovering from drug or alcohol problems and the ability to publicly admit their problem and express their gratitude has an enormous beneficial effect.
In the last couple of weeks Matt Willis of the band Busted has been touring the country, playing to packed houses, with his new band McBusted and has appeared in a TV documentary about the band. We loved Matt’s tweet @mattjwillis which read @The_Provy (best treatment centre in uk)x and he continued with the tweet, The Provy is the ONLY place I would send someone in need.
At the same time Ian Royce, the comedian, cycled across Britain to raise money for Stephens story and when we tweeted that we thought he was a star and we were proud of him, on his @officialroycey account he tweeted, @The_Provy No you guys are, you gave me the platform for my beginning. No mention of twitter can leave out Paul Gascoigne’s new official site on which he is constantly expressing his love for us and his gratitude. Look him up on @gazza8gascoigne. He’s still daft as a brush.
Everyone that has benefited from our well-established drug an alcohol treatment programme is a star in our eyes and we love seeing them come back year after year to our reunion. It has become such a large and important part of Provy folklore that we have had to move it to Bournemouth Football Club as nowhere else in town is big enough to hold it.
If you are concerned about your drug or alcohol use or if you are worried about a friend or family member you can call us 24 hours a day and speak to a trained and experienced counsellor who will discuss the problem with you in strict confidence and without any cost or obligation.