London is the capital city of England and the most populated city in the UK. With nearly 9 million people, its residents accounts for 16% of the country’s entire population. 37% of London’s population are foreign-born, and after New York City, has the second largest immigration statistics in the world.
As a city, London is considerably more diverse than the rest of the United Kingdom when it comes to ethnicity and diversity. Due to the speed of the population growth in the capital city, poverty has remained at high levels – almost 2.5 million people in London are living in poverty.
Drug use, excessive alcohol consumption and low incomes are often seen as almost inextricably linked, yet at our drug and alcohol rehab, The Providence Projects, we have experienced that when dealing with addicts from London, be it poorer areas such as Barking and Dagenham, or the more wealthier areas such as Westminster and Kensington – this is not always the case.
Drugs in London
Street drugs, which can be cheap and easily accessible, have historically been linked with those with worse education, lower incomes, and bad family situations.
But in 2018, a study carried out by academics and drug campaigners showed that the middle-class consume more alcohol and illegal drugs than those living below the poverty line.
The Social Metrics Commission, an independent Commission formed to develop a new approach to poverty measurement, compared those living in London who were living above and below the poverty line. It showed that 66% of those who were wealthier had drunk alcohol to excess in the last year, compared to 58% in the deprived areas. It also showed that 22% had taken illegal drugs, compared to 49% of those below the poverty line.
At the Providence Projects we have experienced a surge in cocaine users in London among the middle class, and have found that the age range for this popular ‘social drug’ has been falling recently.
The epidemic of cocaine amongst Londoners is worrying. We have recently treated those individuals from Chelsea, Hammersmith, Camden and Brixton who are all from very different backgrounds, yet have the same signs of addiction and sought help from our cocaine rehab programmes.
The drug statistics in London reveal that cocaine use among young British adults has more than doubled the European average in the last decade. London has a high rate of drug problems, and cocaine has, in recent years, become an even bigger problem. The levels of cocaine purity and availability have increased, and the drug has become increasingly more socially acceptable.
Cocaine is one of the most highly addictive substances, and, because of the nature of the addiction, the user often is convinced that they are completely in control and could stop whenever they wanted to – but cocaine is a dangerous drug, and these addictions can spiral out of control quickly. Learn more cocaine and drug facts here.
Cocaine detox at The Providence Projects
There is a range of private cocaine detox and rehabilitation centres across the UK. The Providence Projects is widely recognised as the leader in affordable private provider of cocaine rehabilitation. Established in 1996, The Providence Projects has some fantastic success rates in treating all addictions, from heroin and cocaine to alcohol and gambling.
We offer lots of different treatment options and rehab programmes, and there is a choice of options available to you, depending on the type of service that suits your particular situation. We also offer quite comprehensive drug intervention, when local self-help groups or independent counselling has been unsuccessful.
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Our rehabilitation process
The process at The Providence Projects is quite simple. We offer a free rehab admission assessment for every individual’s cocaine rehab programmes, and one of our addiction specialists is always available to take your call and run through the entire rehabilitation process with you.
Sometimes when a cocaine addict has hit a crisis point and needs urgent help, it