Hi, I'm Paul, and I am the CEO of 
the Providence Projects

I can honestly say that heading up this incredible organisation is an honour and a privilege. I have worked in the field of addiction for approximately 15 years and the team of people who work at The Providence Projects, are, in my opinion, the best team I have ever seen.

I, personally, fully understand the devastation caused by addiction and have seen, on countless occasions, how our rehab programme can transform lives. I would love to tell you about every individual case, and the personal stories of so many of our clients past and present to illustrate the magic that happens here, but there are just too many miracles to mention.

I really believe that with the right treatment, anyone can recover
Paul SpanjarCEO, Providence Projects

I am passionate about high-quality addiction treatment and really believe that, with the right treatment, anyone can recover. So many times, I have met families who felt their loved one would never get better; I have met clients who didn’t believe rehab could work for them; and time and time again, The Providence Projects has demonstrated that, with the right treatment, addiction can be overcome.

Over the past few years, we have helped several centres around the world open up because we know our programme works. Our dream is that anyone suffering from an addictive disorder is able to access the type of help they need to overcome their addiction.

I am always proud to show visitors and families around our centres and if you ever want to arrange a visit, an assessment or want to simply find out more about what happens here, please just get in touch.

As well as my work here at The Providence Projects, I regularly work with ITV, exploring addiction issues and BBC Radio, where I answer calls on addiction. In between all of this, I still do some private work with individuals and families.

About Paul Spanjar:

  • Born: Born in Whitechapel in 1978
  • School: Went to school in Woodford, Essex. Primary School at St Aubyn’s followed by Bancroft’s School until the age of 18.
  • Family: Married to Louise, who manages to oversee administration at The Providence Projects and bring up our 2 children! (Bradley, 16 & Elkie, 8)
  • Work: Initially worked in Computer Games Industry whilst trying to decide what I wanted to do when I grow up!
  • Study: Was part of the first group of graduates from Bath University to study addictions counselling; the first addiction specific degree in the UK
  • Hobbies: Watching Spurs, playing golf and taxiing my children to their plethora of social activities.
  • Claim to fame: Was school Under 9 Goalkeeper, losing 9-0 to Brentwood with Frank Lampard scoring 6. I was awarded man of the match!

FDAP accredited counsellor | CQC Specialist advisor

Recent Addiction & Mental Health Articles from Paul

Addiction Rates & COVID-19: A Crisis within a Crisis (The Epoch Times)

Link: https://www.theepochtimes.com/health/addiction-rates-and-covid-19-a-crisis-within-a-crisis-4143631

Back to the Office: Is the Government Doing Enough to Protect Employee Mental Health? (The London Economic)

Link: https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/lifestyle/back-to-the-office-is-the-government-doing-enough-to-support-businesses-and-employees-291772/

Do we Need to Talk About Addiction in the Workplace? (Talk Business)

Link: https://www.talk-business.co.uk/2021/07/26/do-we-need-to-talk-about-addiction-in-the-workplace/




The Providence Projects are able to provide a range of bespoke training programmes for both individuals and organisations.

All training is designed and delivered on an individual basis to suit the needs of the group or audience.

The Providence Projects have provided training, information and support to a range of employers who are often unsure of how to identify addiction, how to deal with addiction and feel safe knowing that they can call us to check any concerns out.

The Providence Projects have also helped to deliver training in schools, aimed at teachers and helping to develop sections related to drugs and alcohol in PSHE.

If you or your organisation would benefit from training in this area, please let us know your specific requirements to see if we can help. Please call and speak to Paul Spanjar who will advise as to the options available to you.

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