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. 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. However, at our drug rehab and alcohol rehab, The Providence Projects, we have experienced that when dealing with addicts from London, whether from poorer areas such as Barking and Dagenham, or the more wealthier areas of London such as Westminster and Kensington, this is not always the case.
Drug addiction and drug rehab 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 London drug rehab, 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 addiction 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, or seek help from our drug rehab centre.
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Heroin detox at The Providence Projects
There is a range of private heroin detox and drug rehab centres across the UK. The Providence Projects is widely recognised as the leader in affordable private provider of heroin rehabilitation. Established in 1996, The Providence Projects has some fantastic success rates in treating all addictions, from heroin and cocaine to alcohol and gambling for people all of the UK, including many London patients.
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.
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 is extremely important that help is available to them and their friends and family immediately. The Providence Projects can arrange immediate admissions onto the London drug rehab programme if required. On admission, the individual will be greeted by one of our addiction therapists, and also a doctor to review general health and current medication.
As an extra service, we provide transport from all over the UK, if you or your loved one would like to be collected and chauffeured to your rehabilitation treatment.
Matt Smith reviewed Providence Projects
5 November 2017
A very special place, with wonderful staff. 3 years on life is amazing. Thank you so much for everything you all did for me. Alcohol dependant and a chronic gambler the Provi gave me a platform to turn life around and that it has, meaningful relationships, wonderful friends and most importantly peace of mind. You told me good things would happen and they have – and continue to do so. Highly recommended… See more
Alcohol Addiction & Alcohol Rehab in London
According to a 2018 report, alcohol rehab admissions in London have tripled in the last decade, and that annually, the London Ambulance Service spends over £16m treating alcohol-related incidents – a huge 7% of all responses.
London has a drinking culture; from all-day benders and after-work drinks every night to music festivals and boozy business meetings – London is fuelled by alcohol. Because it is legal and socially acceptable – along with most relying on public transport so there is no drink-driving danger, it is easy for moderate drinking to turn into alcoholism.
At our alcohol rehab, The Providence Projects, we have experienced many alcohol-dependent individuals from all corners of London; from Clapham in the south and Highgate in the north to Stratford in the east and Richmond in the west – we have seen all levels of alcoholism that requires alcohol rehab. All come to us with the same goal; to become clean and sober.
We treat those with alcohol dependencies as serious as those with cocaine addictions; alcohol is a serious drug in itself – and if you drink too much for a long time or drink in serious binges, there is a high chance of long-term health complications as a result. Rehabilitation is for long-term; for life.
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What Happens After Rehab?
After you or your loved one from London has successfully completed a drug rehab or alcohol rehab programme, and have started on your recovery programme, some wonder what happens afterwards – this is a natural thought when considering getting back to the hustle and bustle of London life.
It’s called ‘aftercare’ – and there is a range of bespoke aftercare options; the therapist that works with you during your rehab programme will put together a plan that suits you. Whether 1 to 1 counselling, group sessions, health and fitness, yoga, Skype sessions or attendance at Providence groups – there is an aftercare plan to suit everyone.
Help for addiction in London
If you are living in the West End, leafy suburbs of Richmond or up north in Enfield, there is access to a whole range of counselling and group sessions, should you or someone close to you require them. The particular services that are available will, of course, depend on the area that you live. There are a variety of options available to every individual, and this may be confusing.
Below we will outline some free support services available in London that may be alternatives to a private London rehab, but it is always best if you consult your GP first, as they can offer you help and guidance for many services that you may need.
Narcotics Anonymous, for those suffering with substance abuse, have a similar service, and host many meetings all across London.
Visit www.ukna.org/meetings/search to find your nearest meeting.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the largest free service for those suffering with alcohol dependency. To find the nearest meeting to you in London, visit https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting
Learn more about London gambling, drug or alcohol rehab support with the Providence Projects. Call our experienced counsellors today or complete our quick contact form.