Gazza's Done Good Says Bournemouth Rehab Founder
FOOTBALL legend Paul Gascoigne is making good progress at a Bournemouth addictions treatment centre where he is taking part in an alcohol rehabilitation programme. Last month Gazza spoke exclusively to the Daily Echo after becoming the latest celebrity to check into the Providence Projects in Boscombe.
The ex-England, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle ace hit the headlines following tabloid newspaper claims that he had groped a shop assistant at a nearby chemist and fallen off the wagon.
Shop assistant Rowena Ross, 22, later apologised to Gazza, through the Echo, claiming she had been “totally stitched up” and misquoted. The revelations came on the day that 43-year-old Gazza received a certificate congratulating him for staying “clean and sober” after successfully completing the first stage of his treatment.
A month later, Providence Projects founder Steve Spiegel said Gazza was still taking part in the 12-week course and “doing well”. The Boscombe centre treated DJ Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, after the husband of presenter Zoe Ball checked himself in to treat his alcohol addiction.
Detox and rehab at the pioneering clinic, which is used as a model for centres in other countries, costs from £600 per week. During his stay in Boscombe Gazza has played football in a local park and was caught on camera at Dean Court looking fit and well while watching AFC Bournemouth in their first home game of the new league season.
He is sharing a house with three other people attending the clinic where he has earned the nickname the Biscuit King because of his sweet tooth.
Earlier he told the Echo: “I’m a sick person trying to get well. “Everyone has been fantastic; not one person has treated me as if I am the famous Paul Gascoigne. “I’ve been to lots of meetings. I know I’m in the right place and enjoy myself more when I’ m sober. “I will be staying as long as it takes to be the person I want to be.”