Study says drug and alcohol addiction a crisis in UK

Sep 3, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

The UK is the addiction capital of Europe, with some of the highest rates of opiate and alcohol dependency as well as a worldwide hub for so-called ‘legal highs’.

A new report by the think-tank the Centre for Social Justice (the CSJ) found that the UK has become “the addicted man of Europe” with alcohol and drug abuse costing the tax payer £21 billion and £15 billion respectively.

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Emmerdale and Prescription Drug addiction

Aug 30, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Over recent weeks, an interesting storyline has unfolded in Emmerdale. Many television dramas often have story lines based on alcoholism or drug addiction but this is one of the first to demonstrate the power of addiction to prescription drugs or pain killers. At The Providence Projects, we have unfortunately seen a huge growth in addiction to painkillers over the last two years.

These addictions can start in various ways and here are just a few examples:

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Mike Tyson and the battle against alcoholism

Aug 29, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Mike Tyson, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time spoke recently of his on-going battle with drugs and alcohol. The sporting legend said, “I don’t wanna die and I’m on the verge of dying because I’m an alcoholic. I’ve been lying to everybody else about being sober, but I’m not. I’m never gonna use again.”

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Food addiction: The facts

May 24, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

There is still much debate amongst researchers and scientists as to whether or not addiction is the cause of rising obesity levels in both the UK and the rest of the world. Overcoming any addiction can be very difficult, and although at The Providence Projects we primarily treat alcohol and drug addiction, anyone who has tried to give up caffeine or smoking will know how hard it can be.

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Alcohol, Drugs and The Medical Profession

May 8, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Although medical professionals are seen as models of health and wellness, they are not immune to substance abuse. Doctors are just as susceptible to alcohol, narcotic and sedative addiction as the general public. Statistics have shown at least one in 10 physicians will develop a problem with drugs or alcohol at some time during their career – in some cases leading to a potentially fatal error given the purview of their medical expertise and occupation.

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Alcohol News

May 7, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Reports out from the EU today suggest that children should not drink alcohol until they reach 18. In the UK it is common for families to introduce alcohol to teenage children so that they learn to drink safely, and in moderation. This report however claims that this approach is dangerous. Recent research carried out suggests that early exposure to alcohol increases the risk of developing an addiction or depression as well as altering the size and shape of the brain. Although we are not sure of the detail, we know that this can cause lasting effects on the brain.

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Rehab Misconceptions:

Apr 8, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

So much is written about rehab in celebrity magazines, daily newspapers and online but there is still such a lack of understanding about the process of rehab and recovery. Rehab does not equal recovery. Alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation take many forms and can range from 1 week to 1 year in length. There are different models of treatment, different philosophies and even different goals. However all rehabs are just the beginning of the recovery process. Addiction cannot be cured in a short term programme.

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Do we know how much alcohol we are drinking?

Mar 1, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Research published this week by University College London has unearthed some frightening facts. After comparing alcohol sales in the UK against the amount of alcohol the public claim to consume, it has become apparent that half of all alcohol sold is essentially unaccounted for. There may be many reasons for this but the most likely explanation is that most drinkers don not keep track of how much they drink or are in denial about their dangerous levels of alcohol consumption.

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Paul Gascoigne enters treatment

Feb 6, 2013 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

We are pleased to announce that, with the help of friends, and the support from The Providence Projects, Paul Gascoigne has checked into rehab in Arizona. Paul was originally treated at The Providence Projects in 2010 and had made great progress in his recovery. He maintained sobriety for 18 months but recently relapsed and unfortunately both his physical and mental health deteriorated very quickly.

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News: 12th October 2012

Oct 17, 2012 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

There has been much in the news this week about alcohol consumption and particularly the chronic over-consumption amongst middle aged and older drinkers . Previously, great attention was paid to young people, to drug use and crime. The Providence Projects always highlighted the fact that addiction and alcoholism were not a crime issue but a health issue and that there has always been a misappropriation of funding. Unfortunately over the last 15 years this approach has failed dreadfully and particular sections of our society have been offered little or no support.

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