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“I’m worried about my friend” - Part 2

Feb 3, 2014 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Since our last blog a few days ago we have received a large number of calls from people who are experiencing the same problems we wrote about. In some cases we were able to give some simple advice to them to enable them to start the process of helping their loved one and in other cases we were able to start the process of a family intervention, with or without professional help.

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“I’m worried about my friend”

Jan 31, 2014 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

So many of the phone calls we receive at The Providence Project start with the caller telling us that they are worried about their friend, husband, wife, child or parent with a drug or alcohol addiction problem. There is no magic formula, or one size fits all strategy that we can give them to deal with their concerns, each case is assessed on its individual merit, however there is some general advice that will apply in most cases.

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The Alarming Rise of Mephedrone

Jan 20, 2014 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

BBC News is reporting on the release of a film that will be used to educate teenagers in schools throughout South Wales on the dangers associated with drug mephedrone. The problem is by no means restricted to this region and it is hoped that other parts of the U.K. will take up the opportunity to use the film.

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Skunk Cannabis and Psychosis

Jan 14, 2014 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

The Providence Project has been treating people, particularly young people, for problems relating to cannabis addiction for over seventeen years and during that time we have seen both an increase in the number of people seeking help, and the severity of the side-effects of the addiction. We do not feel that it is for us to get involved in any debates on the legalisation or re-classification of cannabis but we can only pass on our experience in the matter.

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Women and Alcohol

Jan 6, 2014 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

When Bill Wilson and the early founders of Alcoholics Anonymous first wrote about alcoholism seventy-five years ago their book was directed, almost exclusively, at men. In 2014 we know that alcoholism is not confined to any gender, just as it is not confined to any age-group or social class. Here, at The Providence Project, we have seen and treated an increasing number of women struggling with alcohol problems. These women are often well-educated wives and mothers in good jobs putting everything they have, including their health, at risk because of alcohol.

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Getting through Christmas without a drink

Dec 13, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

December can be a difficult time of the year for people in recovery from alcoholism, particularly those in their early days. Office parties and even the family Christmas lunch can be minefields of temptation to drink, encouraged, often innocently, by well meaning friends and family.

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Private Alcohol Rehab

Nov 5, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

The need for private alcohol rehab is bigger than ever. I have, this week, had discussions with two of the largest cities in the UK outside London to discuss their strategy and plans for dealing with alcoholism and addiction over the coming months and years. I was astounded to be told on both occasions that these cities will no longer be offering residential rehabilitation as an option to their residents. One of these cities has over 1 million residents and all that is available is community based treatment, which for many is just not intensive enough.

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Gambling addiction amongst young people

Oct 21, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Further statistics released today by Gamcare demonstrate the growth in gambling addiction particularly amongst young people. The ability to bet from mobile devices and smart phones has made gambling accessible from anyplace and at any time. The survey estimates that there are approximately 500,000 problem gamblers in the UK although most experts suggest that this is a conservative figure. The levels of advertising over the last year for ‘on the go gambling’ have never been seen before.

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Being Paul Gascoigne

Sep 24, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Tonight’s documentary on ITV gave an insight into the life of Paul Gascoigne. This insight demonstrated the power of addiction, the pain of a family and the daily battle against alcoholism. Paul, who is undoubtedly a national treasure, has openly battled alcoholism for many years; much of this battle being fought under a microscope. So much that has been written is untrue and this has compounded his lack of trust and anxiety.

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Prescription Drug Addiction

Sep 9, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

It was reported in The Sunday Times yesterday that more Britons die each year as a result of prescription drug addiction than heroin and cocaine put together. The figures published however are still very conservative as the deaths reported were only those directly attributed to overdose, not taking into account those who may have died as the result of the long term physical effects.

Over 800 people died last year as a result of overdosing on prescribed drugs / tranquilisers. Heroin and cocaine combined accounted for around 700 deaths.

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