Addiction Recovery Stories at
The Providence Projects

For 25+ years we have treated over 10,000 people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Every success story touches our hearts, and we take great pride in the work we continue to do at The Providence Projects.

As a leading rehab centre in the UK, many famous footballers and artists have come to us seeking help. Matt Willis of the band ‘Busted’, Fatboy Slim, and the legendary footballer Paul Gascoigne have all found recovery success as a result of our evidence-based programme.

We treat everyone – regardless of their background – with the same amount of compassion and understanding, and in 2022/2023, we sat down with some of our ex clients via zoom to talk about their experiences of rehab and how it changed them for the better.

I did rehab at the Providence Projects. I had been to three other private rehab centres but this was perfect. I had a life changing experience there.

Matt Willis

Pop Star, Busted

Some of these clients came to Providence Projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when many people throughout the UK were struggling with isolation, financial worries and loss of loved ones. If you have been struggling with addiction since lockdown, please give our counsellors a call.
 

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Success Stories

Leo's Success Story (May 2022)

Leo's Alcohol Addiction Recovery.

Leo's Success Story (May 2022)

Leo's Alcohol Addiction Recovery.

Leo's Alcohol Addiction Recovery.

Damian & Kateland's Success Story

We joined Damian (In Recovery for Alcoholism) and his ...

We joined Damian (In Recovery for Alcoholism) and his wife Kateland via zoom during COVID-19 restrictions, to discuss their rehab recovery journey at the Providence Projects.

Damian came to the Providence Projects in need of desperate help for alcoholism.

His amazing Wife - Kateland, joins Damian to provide her story and the challenges faced before and after alcohol rehab at the Providence Projects.

Viv's Testimonial

Viv attended Providence Projects last year for alcohol...

Viv attended Providence Projects last year for alcohol rehab. He talks about his experience, the therapies that he took part in and what he's learnt.

Marina's Testimonial

Marina attended Providence Projects for rehab and also...

Marina attended Providence Projects for rehab and also took part in our 12 week aftercare programme.

Our Clients

Watch and listen to what clients who have engaged with...

Watch and listen to what clients who have engaged with our drug and alcohol rehab programmes have to say about their journey both into and out of addiction.

Paul's Testimonial

Hear about Paul’s recovery from alcoholism and addicti...

Hear about Paul’s recovery from alcoholism and addiction

Jon's Testimonial

Hear from Jon and his wife about how alcohol affected ...

Hear from Jon and his wife about how alcohol affected their marriage

Amy's Ketamine Story (Sept 2023)

Amy's Ketamine Story

Amy's Ketamine Story (Sept 2023)

Amy's Ketamine Story

Amy's Ketamine Story

Steven & Kelly - Cocaine Recovery Success Story 2022

We sat down with Steven and his partner Kelly in Febru...

We sat down with Steven and his partner Kelly in February 2022 to talk about their long battle with cocaine addiction. Steven wanted to better himself and improve his relationships with his kids and Kelly.

Steven opens up about his battle with cocaine, and the devastating impact it had on his physical and mental well-being.

Today, Steven is a new man. Passionate and hungry, he wanted to make this video to inspire others to seek help.

Watch Steven and Kelly talk about their recovery journey together.

Dave's Testimonial

Dave discusses the effects that his drug addiction and...

Dave discusses the effects that his drug addiction and relapses had on him and his family. He is has now been sober for 1 year after his time at Providence Projects..

James' Testimonial

James speaks about his experience at Providence Projec...

James speaks about his experience at Providence Projects for cocaine addiction, and the changes he has seen in his life since.

Marina's Testimonial

Marina attended Providence Projects for rehab and also...

Marina attended Providence Projects for rehab and also took part in our 12 week aftercare programme.

Zak's Testimonial

Hear about Zak’s recovery from heroin addiction

Hear about Zak’s recovery from heroin addiction

Steven & Kelly - Cocaine Recovery Success Story 2022

We sat down with Steven and his partner Kelly in February 2022 to talk about their long battle with cocaine addiction. Steven wanted to better himself and improve his relationships with his kids and Kelly.

Steven opens up about his battle with cocaine, and the devastating impact it had on his physical and mental well-being.

Today, Steven is a new man. Passionate and hungry, he wanted to make this video to inspire others to seek help.

Watch Steven and Kelly talk about their recovery journey together.

Steven & Kelly - Cocaine Recovery Success Story 2022

We sat down with Steven and his partner Kelly in Febru...

We sat down with Steven and his partner Kelly in February 2022 to talk about their long battle with cocaine addiction. Steven wanted to better himself and improve his relationships with his kids and Kelly.

Steven opens up about his battle with cocaine, and the devastating impact it had on his physical and mental well-being.

Today, Steven is a new man. Passionate and hungry, he wanted to make this video to inspire others to seek help.

Watch Steven and Kelly talk about their recovery journey together.

Damian & Kateland's Success Story

We joined Damian (In Recovery for Alcoholism) and his ...

We joined Damian (In Recovery for Alcoholism) and his wife Kateland via zoom during COVID-19 restrictions, to discuss their rehab recovery journey at the Providence Projects.

Damian came to the Providence Projects in need of desperate help for alcoholism.

His amazing Wife - Kateland, joins Damian to provide her story and the challenges faced before and after alcohol rehab at the Providence Projects.

Megan's Family Day Rehab Review

Megan Parnell Murphy describes her experience of the F...

Megan Parnell Murphy describes her experience of the Family Day at Providence Projects. Our rehab Family Day encourages the family and loved ones of addiction sufferers to get together for support, learn more about addiction, and take part in workshops.

Helen's Providence Projects rehab review

Helen attended our Family Day, and in this video share...

Helen attended our Family Day, and in this video shares her experiences of how addiction has affected her family, what she learnt at our Family Day, and what it involved.

Matt Smyth - Gambling Addiction Recovery Story 2022

Matt Smith, ex-client at the Providence Projects. We sat down with Matt in January 2022 to talk about his journey through rehab. Matt provides a unique and personal testimony in regards to his battle with gambling and alcohol, he now works for a charity helping others escape the misery of problem gambling.

We are incredibly proud of the work Matt does and we continue to follow his recovery journey for many years to come.

Matt, you are an inspiration to many, keep up the good work!

Matt Smyth - Gambling Addiction Recovery Story 2022

Matt Smith, ex-client at the Providence Projects. We s...

Matt Smith, ex-client at the Providence Projects. We sat down with Matt in January 2022 to talk about his journey through rehab. Matt provides a unique and personal testimony in regards to his battle with gambling and alcohol, he now works for a charity helping others escape the misery of problem gambling.

We are incredibly proud of the work Matt does and we continue to follow his recovery journey for many years to come.

Matt, you are an inspiration to many, keep up the good work!


Client
Real Stories

Paul Gascoigne – Famous footballer who got help at Providence Projects


The great footballing legend and former client Paul Gazza Gascoigne came to us for help with alcohol. Gazza came back to Providence Projects near the beginning of COVID-19, and caught up with our CEO, Paul Spanjar to wish him and the team well.

Facebook Reviews

Take a look at more client success stories over the years from our Facebook page.

Today my husband Paul is 1 year clean and sober thanks to The Providence Projects, he has found himself again and is living the life he deserves. “A life beyond his wildest dreams” as it says in the big blue book – it’s true.
He initially signed up for 1 month but soon realised he needed a further 2 months. Paul has been dedicated and followed the advice given to him. He would not be here today if he hadn’t been to The Providence Projects. I cannot thank or praise the program and staff enough I found them very supportive and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Rebecca Whillians
Rebecca Whilliansreviewed Providence Projects

The foundation that was the spring board for not only me, and my life being completely revolutionised but all of my loved one’s too. A commendable team of staff who’s warm approach loved me when I did not know how to love my self. I will be eternally grateful and thus will my family who got there daughter/sister back from the grips of drug addiction. A safe and secure environment in which revcovery is facilitated and the tools for re intergrating into society are at hand. Much love to my Provvi family as always. Clean and Sober since 20/12/2012 and here is where it started. Xxxxx

Ruth Elizabeth Montalbetti
Ruth Elizabeth Montalbettireviewed Providence Projects

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…

Matt Smith
Matt Smithreviewed Providence Projects

The Providence project was an amazing place and was a turning point in my life.
I was a client for six months in 2011, successfully completing the primary and secondary stage.
I had nearly no understanding of my illness or how to cope with life in life’s terms until I went there and with the support of all the staff, began to manage my feelings and emotions and gain coping mechanisms to live life clean and sober.

Everything about the Provy is designed to give you the best therapeutic care possible, and at the core of this is all the staff, some of the most amazing people I have ever know, some of them are still my friends and I know would they would be there for me if the need was to arise.
I can’t really put into words my gratitude for everything that was done for me and the massive positive affect going there had on my life.

Bradley Hill
Bradley Hillrecommends Providence Projects

The providence projects has truly changed my life!
It has helped me turn my life around, by giving me the tools and skills to cope with life. Being young and going into rehab was scary for me but all the counsellors were so welcoming. The counsellors and the support team are one of a kind. They showed me acceptance and encouraged me to get the best out of treatment….I will always be grateful to the providence projects for helping me get my life back on track!

Megan Lindie
Megan Lindiereviewed Providence Projects

This place will always hold a special place in my heart, they helped me get my life back, a magical place where miracles happen all the time

Chris Gregory
Chris Gregoryreviewed Providence Projects

The Providence Project was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was an acute alcoholic and could barely walk through their doors. The understanding and care I received was beyond imagination. I never believed I could rid myself of this addiction but I have by following a programme that enabled me to get well. My life is so different now, my family are amazed at the change in me. By following their programme I am free of addiction, have motivation and am happier than my wildest dreams. Thank you all for my new life, I am so grateful.

Claire O’Brien
Claire O’Brienreviewed Providence Projects

This place saved my life. I came into treatment broken and they helped to start to put me back together. All the staff take the time to focus on everyone as an individual. I can’t recommend this place enough

Chris Steiner
Chris Steinerrecommends Providence Projects

I just want to thank all the staff at the Providence centre in Bournemouth for my life.
I know that sounds so dramatic but to me it is just that.
I went in as a very scared lady in my sixties, broken and fighting two addictions. I really did not think I would last two weeks, let alone six months.But with the help, support and guidance of all the staff I made it.
Even after I completed the three months. I knew deep down I had another battle to contend with. But with the help of the staff I made it through.
Don’t get me wrong, you have to go through a lot of tears, truths etc, to get there. But if you put your trust in everyone, I can promise you will come out a very different person. Most of all I got my family back and that is something I will be eternally grateful for.
So if you are thinking about this centre, stop thinking and phone for help. You will never regret that decision. If they can help a Sixty year old lady, they can help you.

Linda Jeffrey
Linda Jeffreyreviewed Providence Projects

I have been a client at the Providence for over 6 months, my experience has been a feeling of emotion of every extreme from sadness to joy but the overriding thought has to be connection, a sense of family, a place of love, unity, friendship, and a real sense of belonging to something so real. Whatever counsellor you have been allocated to, the other counsellors are there for you with genuine advice of any nature and are all very approachable.

Their knowledge is without compromise, and all of them have a very caring nature, my praise is sincere and I believe what I have learnt from them all has saved my life. Providence as a whole including clerical, support and the counselling teams, have given me the strength, will and enthusiasm to carry out what I have been taught from them. When leaving here I will be able to carry out what they started. I will have the Providence in my heart and prayers for the rest of my life. I will end this by saying thankyou x

Michael Drake
Michael Drakereviewed Providence Projects

Most amazing place that’s saved my life. When I came in I was on death doors I was physically, mentally and emotionally drained if it want for this such amazing rehab I’d be dead now. They help me find a new way off life. Helped me find my confidence and myself I’m finally knowing who I really am. The counsellors are all so understanding and amazing Dougie especially as his the one that as got me to were I am now. Just finished my 12 weeks and now in aftercare it’s the first time in 24 years off me using and drinking that I finally know what I want and am very positive that I’ll achieve my dreams. I recommend the providence to anyone who needs help to beat there addiction and find a new way off life. Amazing and even in aftercare I miss the Provi already so so grateful thanks x

Kelly Cooper
Kelly Cooperreviewed Providence Projects

Well where do I start… An amazing place that has given me the foundations to start my new life… This place has saved my life!

The therapists are wonderful and the program superb! I have met true and honest friends who are my friends for life. My perception of life has completely changed and I owe that to the Provi.

If you are looking for a rehab where the people really show an understanding, empathy and compassion this is the place. If your want to be able to go about… your day with reality and honesty look no further.

Just for today I will enjoy the day and keep it simple!

Gratitude and love always Jo Allen

Joanne Allen
Joanne Allenreviewed Providence Projects
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