Welcome to the Providence Projects, one of the country’s leading private drug rehabilitation centres. If you are reading this and concerned about your own or a loved one’s drug use, then you are in the right place.
Widely regarded as one of the finest and most affordable treatment centres in the UK, the Providence Projects was established in 1996 and is based on the South Coast of England in Bournemouth. We offer a range of bespoke treatment programmes for a variety of different substances. We understand that every client is different, which is why treatment is tailored to the individual and their specific requirements.
We have successfully helped hundreds of people to recover from their drug addiction since we first opened our doors in 1996. Often, for the addict and their loved ones, it can feel like there is no way out of addiction, no end in sight. We are here to tell you that recovery is possible for everyone, and we are committed to providing each client with the best possible chance of leading a happy and fulfilled life, clean and sober.
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Types of drug rehab programmes
The Providence Projects offers a wide range of drug rehabilitation programmes, which range from 4 weeks to 6 months in duration, and which are designed to treat a variety of substances. These include:
Why choose drug rehab?
Drug addiction is a chronic and progressive mental illness, characterised by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite negative and harmful consequences. However, the condition is also treatable, and recovery is possible with the right treatment and professional support from a drug rehab.
Our drug addiction treatment model is designed to address the psychological issues underpinning the addiction, and to help the individual develop the skills to remain clean and sober long-term. There are many other benefits to entering a drug rehab programme, as opposed to attempting a home detox, a community outpatient programme, or trying to stop using drugs on your own.
- Medically-managed drug detox, with 24-hour professional support and monitoring
- Comprehensive rehabilitation programme, using the latest evidence-based therapies
- Family therapy and family programme
- A whole host of holistic therapies and exercise classes
- A chance to rebuild damaged relationships
- The opportunity to improve physical as well as mental health
- An intensive relapse prevention programme
- Build interpersonal skills and strong support networks
- Learn to live life free of drugs
- Learning how to enjoy life again!
What does drug rehab at Providence Projects involve?
Many people looking for private drug treatment will wonder what actually goes on inside a rehab centre. There are many different aspects to our treatment programme, which has evolved and developed over the past 24 years we have been running. All of these elements are necessary to successfully treat addiction. Our clients will attend our drug rehab programme for anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months, the length of time needed is different for every individual. Generally speaking however, the longer a person can spend in treatment the better, as they will have more time to implement the necessary skills to remain clean and sober long-term.
Our addiction programme includes daily group therapy, individual counselling, motivational interviewing and CBT, as well as an intensive relapse prevention programme and a range of workshops. Music and art therapies, as well as a whole host of holistic therapies, are also on offer. Workshops cover a range of topics such as:
- Stress management
- Relapse prevention
- Families and significant others
- Health & wellbeing
Our treatment is designed to ensure all clients are engaged and active in the rehab programme, and getting the maximum benefit out of their time with us here. At the Providence Projects we understand the gravity of the decision you’re making to enter a drug rehab programme. But we wish to assure you that it’s the best possible investment you can make in your own future or that of your loved one.
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Assessment for drug rehabilitation
The Providence Projects offers free and immediate consultations to anyone looking to enter one of our drug rehabilitation programmes. These rehab assessments take no longer than 40 minutes, and are carried out either over the telephone or face-to-face. It is an opportunity not only for our team of counsellors and doctors to assess an individual’s suitability for our rehab setting, but also for potential clients to see if we are the right place for them.
These consultations are completely free of charge, and our dedicated addiction counsellors will answer any questions you may have about treatment, and hopefully alleviate any fears too. You may have questions about addiction in general, how the drug rehab programme works or what a detox involves. You may also have practical questions regarding visiting hours, duration of the programme or what a day in treatment looks like.
The assessment process can be arranged immediately, and will cover a range of topics such as:
- Current and previous drug use
- Previous detox/rehab attempts
- Medical history
- Family history
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Goals you would like to achieve
At the end of the assessment, we are in a position to make recommendations to you and your loved ones. If for any reason we are not suitable for you, we will be able to recommend alternative options. However, in most instances we are suitable and are able to arrange immediate admission into the drug detox and rehab programme.
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Drug rehab admissions
Once you’ve completed your assessment and have been offered a place at the Providence Projects, our team will aim to arrange immediate admission or admission on a date that best suits you. The process is simple. Our team of friendly admissions advisors will explain everything you need to know, what to bring on your first, day, the time you should arrive and what you can expect to happen on arrival. Generally we ask clients to bring no more than one large holdall/suitcase with comfortable clothes, toiletries, and some exercise gear too! We also ask that you bring with you two forms of ID, and any medication you are currently prescribed in clearly labelled packaging. Laptops and iPads are not permitted unless absolutely necessary, but you are welcome to bring books and your mobile phone.
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Why choose private, residential drug rehab?
If you’re addicted to drugs, entering a private drug rehab clinic is most likely your best chance at recovery. We do not underestimate how difficult it can be to take that first step and to admit you have a problem. To help you ascertain if you have a drug problem, why not call our friendly counsellors for confidential support on 0800 955 0945.
Seeking professional drug addiction treatment will help you recognise the extent of your drug problem, to address the underlying issues at play, and to begin to heal and move forward with your life. Through individual counselling, group therapy, and various workshops on all aspects of addiction, you are safe to explore your problems with the help of skilled addiction professionals, who are leaders in their field. What’s more, the structure, support and therapies on offer in a private, residential rehab, are difficult to find elsewhere.
What is drug addiction?
Whilst variations on the definition of drug addiction exist, the description provided by the US National Institute for Health is widely agreed upon: ‘A chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterised by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.’
‘A long term relapsing condition’ – most addicts have stopped for a while but simply haven’t been able to stay clean.
‘Characterised by compulsive drug seeking and use’ – The preoccupation of getting and using drugs is the most important thing in the world to the person with the problem.
‘Despite harmful consequences’ – The difference between drug use and drug addiction is that a drug user, after harmful consequences will cut down or stop their drug use. The person suffering from drug addiction will not be able to do that for any period of time as their addiction is just too strong.
Whatever drug you are taking, the consequences are often equally as devastating and negative, not only to the addict but to everyone who loves them too.
Symptoms of drug addiction
If you’re reading this you’re probably concerned about your own or a loved one’s drug use. But identifying that someone has a drug addiction isn’t always easy. This is due to 2 main factors:
Effects of drug addiction
The effects of drug addiction can be felt in both the short and the long-term. The effects are devastating, not only for the addict but also for those who love and care for them. The negative consequences will impact one’s emotional, mental, physical and financial health. The effects to the physical body can range from mild to severe and life-threatening. Entering a private drug rehab clinic such as the Providence Projects can help the addict to understand the gravity of what they’re putting their body through, and to start to heal from the damage and the pain caused by their addiction.
Causes of drug addiction
The causes of drug addiction have been long debated and there are many different schools of thought. Since The Providence Projects opened, we have treated thousands of people for drug addiction, and each one has their own story and their own experience. Addiction is a complex mental illness, and the journey of addiction and recovery will be unique for everyone. The causes of drug addiction can most easily be understood in terms of motivating factors which are biological, psychological and social.
Whatever the cause of your addiction, the important thing now is that you seek professional help. By enrolling in a drug rehabilitation programme and completing your detox regime, you will be able to effectively address the factors that contributed, and to develop the skills and coping mechanisms to stay clean and avoid potential relapse in future.
- Biological Factors
- Psychological Factors
- Social Factors
Research has clearly shown that genetic factors will play a part in whether or not someone develops an addiction to a substance. Indeed, studies have shown that in families where addictions existed, children were much more likely to develop an addiction problem later in life, compared to those children who grew up in families where there was no substance problem. There has been also been research into what are known as ‘ACE’s’, or ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’. There appears to be a link between adverse childhood experiences and addiction although many people present for treatment who did not have any adverse childhood experiences.
Psychological factors tend to contribute to the development of most substance addictions. But they are by no means the sole factor. Generally, there are underlying mental health issues in the individual, such as depression, anxiety, stress or co-dependency. These contribute to the person’s inability to cope, and therefore their desire to seek relief in the form of drugs and/or alcohol. At the Providence Projects, the philosophy is that the person can only effectively explore and address their mental health issues after becoming clean and sober.
Many people who end up in drug addiction started out using drugs recreationally. Many quite simply enjoyed the effects of drugs, took them regularly over a period of time and then developed a dependency and an addiction. Whilst this sounds simplistic, it is often the case. Some may have started with cannabis in their teens, before progressing onto other drugs like MDMA or cocaine. For some, the effects weren’t intense enough and so they would progress on to heroin or crack cocaine. Regardless of your drug of choice, from cannabis to heroin, the effects of addiction are devastating.
Drug withdrawal symptoms
The symptoms, severity and length of drug withdrawal, will vary greatly. It really depends on the drug the person has been using, the length and intensity or frequency of their addiction and usage. The effects can be both physical and psychological, and some of the symptoms you may experience are listed below.
- Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
- Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms
- Heart Palpitations
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle aches
- Shaking or shivering
- Fever or high temperature
- Restlessness and irritability
- Vivid dreams
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Memory Loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Panic attacks
- Intense cravings
Will I need a drug detox?
On the day of admission, you will complete a full assessment and induction with one of our specialist addiction counsellors. They will help you settle in, explain how the programme works and run through any paperwork with you. The final stage of the assessment and induction process will involve a consultation with one of the Doctors from our partners at The Providence Surgery. You will run through your general health with particular focus on your drug use so that any potential detox regime can be agreed.
Each and every person is unique. So each person requires a different approach, depending on the nature of their drug use and potential withdrawal symptoms. Some do not require a detox at all and have no physical dependency, whereas others will require a comprehensive medical detox regime. All detox regimes used at The Providence Projects are evidence-based approaches following NICE guidelines. For detox from heroin, the primary medication used is buprenorphine (Subutex). Our aim is to ensure that you are safe and comfortable throughout your entire detox.
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Choosing the best drug rehab for you
Entering a private drug rehab centre is probably one of the biggest decisions you’ve ever made, and you should be incredibly proud of yourself for the steps you’re taking to get better and to begin your recovery. In order to stand the best possible chance of long-term recovery, it is crucial that you find the best drug rehab for you and your individual requirements.
There is so much information online, and a whole host of private drug rehab options in the UK and the wider world, that it can be difficult to know where to start. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the amount of choice on offer, it can be useful to ask yourself the following questions to assess which drug rehab centre is the one best suited to you.
- How long has the drug rehabilitation programme been running?
- How long has the rehab centre been established?
- What is their social media presence like? Try to get a feel for the place using as many online resources as possible.
- What do former clients think? Check out their Google reviews page to see what the feedback is like
- Are they CQC regulated?
- What was their last CQC report like?
- Lastly, and most importantly, call up the rehab centre to get all your questions answered. You could also arrange a visit to go and see the centre and meet the team
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What happens after drug rehab?
It is a huge achievement to successfully complete drug rehabilitation treatment. You will have a few months clean and sober under your belt, and be equipped with a toolbox full of coping mechanisms to help you avoid relapse and maintain your recovery. you should be incredibly proud of the steps you have taken to recover from your addiction, however recovery is a lifelong process. It requires sustained effort, discipline and honesty to remain clean and sober, and there will undoubtedly be challenges and obstacles ahead. Indeed many people say that going to drug rehab is ‘discovery’ and what comes after is recovery.
Life after drug rehabilitation can provoke fear and anxiety in individuals, as they adjust to life without the safety, structure and routine of a residential drug rehab centre. That’s why our team of addiction counsellors work with every client to develop a strong relapse prevention plan prior to them leaving, as well as offering a variety of bespoke aftercare provisions to suit the individual.
Khetsiwe Giles-Rowley reviewed Providence Projects
6 April 2019
Where do I start?? I truly believe that The Providence gave me my life back. I have been to treatment facilities before but some about Provy grabbed me this time. The staff were incredibly loving and tolerant with me and my peers throughout my whole treatment process. Today being 5 and half years clean and sober since my Provy days I can now call some friends. If you want somewhere to love you and guide you back to what your true essence is Providence Project is it. See more