District Judge Nicholls Orders Pub and Club Ban on Drunk Driving 29-Year Old

Sep 21, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

District Judge Steve Nicholls issued an order prohibiting drunk-driving offender John Peter Langley from entering any Dorset nightclub or pub for three months after hitting a pedestrian. Langley is also banned from driving for three years and six months.

Sitting at Weymouth Magistrates Court, the District Judge further ordered Langley to pay costs of £500, compensation of £100 and a victim surcharge of £60. The offender will also have to provide unpaid service for 130 hours.

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Prisoners Need Better Access to Rehab

Aug 24, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Those who are currently jailed in the UK and abroad are in need of better rehabilitation treatment, according to several studies released in recent years. The most recent example is from New Zealand, where the National Committee for Addiction Treatment recently released data related to problems at the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. Inmates indicated that drugs and alcohol played a major role in their incarceration. Historically, inmates in the UK have had similar problems.

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People with Blue Eyes More Likely to Be Alcoholics

Aug 22, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

A new study has confirmed what many experts already suspect—that alcoholism has a strong genetic component. However, the specific findings are surprising. According to the study, people who have light-coloured eyes are at a higher risk for alcohol dependency than those with darker-coloured eyes.

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Illicit Drug Use Reaches New High amongst UK Youth

Aug 14, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

According to figures reported from the Crime Survey of England and Wales, the use of ecstasy and LSD amongst young adults has spiked over the past two years. Specifically, statistics from the survey indicate that ecstasy use has increased by 84 percent, while use of LSD has increased by a staggering 175 per cent.

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Harmful Drinking is a Hidden Problem Amongst the Middle Class

Aug 13, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

A recent study published by BMJ Open found and authored by Age UK’s chief economist, Professor Jose Iparraguirre, surveyed around 9,000 different people in England. It intended to explore the ‘socioeconomic determinants of risk of harmful alcohol drinking and the transitions between risk categories over time’, specifically among those over the age of 50 in England.

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Jun 23, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

It was great to see the launch of the new movie, Gascoigne, last week. So much of the media focus over recent years has been on Paul’s personal issues and his long battle with alcoholism that many people have forgotten that ‘Gazza’ was undoubtedly the finest English footballer of his generation. Since 1996, England have only managed to reach the semi-finals of a major tournament on two occasions. Both in Italia ‘90 and in Euro ’96 it would be fair to say that the key to England’s success was the genius that is ‘Gazza’.

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NHS 2 Billion

Mar 5, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

The Channel 4 Programme on Monday night continues to fuel polarised debate with this emotive show. As a country, we feel passionately about our NHS, and debate on Social Media over the last 24 hours demonstrates this. Last night’s show, which included a heroin addict highlighted several issues around drug treatment and how it is perceived. I think it is fair to say that the majority of the British Public, when told about drug addiction treatment either have a negative view or do not really understand what it actually means.

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Addiction and Depression: What comes first?

Feb 6, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

The recent story about the ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle and his arrest for drink driving, after suffering heavy gambling losses in a casino, followed by a suicide attempt has brought to widespread attention two syndromes that treatment providers, like us at The Providence Project, have been aware of for some time. The first is the problem of cross-addiction and the second is the link between addiction, whether that be to alcohol or another substance or to a type of behaviour, and depression.

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Where can I find Drug Rehab?

Jan 21, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

It was not that long ago that people seeking help with problems of drug or alcohol addiction could access a variety of available services funded by local authorities or the NHS. The needs of the addict would be assessed and a number of different options were made available, within sensible financial constraints, with a view to finding a type of treatment that would be the most effective for that particular addict.

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I’m a Celebrity…..Get me in Somewhere!

Jan 13, 2015 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

To many people the most surprising news item just before Christmas 2014 was the story that Pete Doherty had successfully completed a spell in rehab and was now clean. Doherty was known to his fans as a talented songwriter and musician with two successful bands, The Libertines and Babyshambles, but to a larger number of people Doherty was a drug addict who was in and out of prison leading a chaotic life and wasting his talent.

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