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Spectrum Drug & Alcohol Recovery Service - Hatfield

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Spectrum - Hatfield is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults.

Our Hatfield service is also open to people living in the Welwyn Garden City and St Albans areas.  

We will help you to make and sustain the changes you need to make to reduce and, ultimately, stop your drug and/or alcohol use. We aim to empower you to identify and realise your goals throughout your recovery journey, in order to live a healthier, safer life.

How to contact us

If you would like to refer yourself or someone else to the service you can use our online referral form.

Refer yourself

Refer someone else

We always welcome new clients, so please get in touch if you are interested in getting help from the service or you’d just like to ask some questions. Feel free to bring someone with you on your first visit.

We are based at St Martin's House, 14 The Common, Hatfield. You can call us on 01707 256 532 or email us on


If you would like to refer yourself or someone else to the service you can call, email or visit the service in person.

You can also complete our referral form in advance and either email it to us or bring it with you when you visit the service.

Word referral form

PDF referral form

We provide:

  • Alcohol screening, advice and brief interventions
  • BBV screening and vaccination and access to Needle Exchange
  • Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Opiate Substitute Treatment
  • One-to-one keyworking
  • Access to detoxification (alcohol and drugs)
  • Family and carers groups and support
  • Cooking skills and other life skills groups

Can’t make your appointment?

It’s really important that you let us know. Ideally please call us on 01707 256 532. You can also email to let us know on

What do our service users say about us?

“It hasn’t always been easy and of course I’ve had my doubts. Everyone in recovery has their little tricks or things that work for them, and for me it’s knowing that I can always go back to drinking again if I want to. That might sound strange, but it means that I’m making a choice – that I have a choice – and that I am in control of myself and my future. For me, that’s really important.”

Spectrum service user 

What's on?

Monday 1 - 2.30pm Extended Brief Intervention Group 
Tuesday 1 - 3pm Supporting Herts (housing)


2 - 3pm

Women's Group


5.30 - 7pm

Peer Support Group

Tuesday 5.50 - 6.30pm Carers Support Group 
Tuesday 3 - 4pm

Life Group (Relapse Prevention) 

Thursday 11am - 12.30pm Arts and Crafts 
Thursday 12 - 2pm Complex Needs Support


2 - 3.30pm

Women's Group


12.30 - 2pm

Cooking Group


11am - 2pm

Brunch Club

Where can I go for further support?

  • Carers in Herts - 01992 586 969
  • Turning Point (mental health)
  • MIND in Mid Herts
  • Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
  • HPFT Community Mental health - 0300 777 0707

More information

Each Spectrum service has a recovery team that includes doctors, recovery nurses, recovery workers, social workers, counsellors, volunteers and peer mentors.

Those under 18 should contact A-DASH

Families, friends and carers

We understand that it can be very difficult when someone close to you misuses drugs or alcohol. You will face many challenging situations and may need advice about what to do to help your loved one. We can provide one-to-one support or introduce you to groups where you can share your experiences with others who know what you are going through.

The Purple Star Promise

The Purple Star is a logo made by the Health Liaison Team, part of Health and Community Services, together with people with learning disabilities, their carers and The University of Hertfordshire’s Business School.

It is awarded to health services like doctors, dentists, pharmacies, opticians and clinics who give people with learning disabilities a really good service. This includes drug and alcohol recovery services.

For the Purple Star award, a health service provides the best service to people with learning disabilities by: 

  • Offering an excellent service
  • Recognising individuals who may need ‘reasonable adjustments’
  • Using the Purple Folder
  • Appointing a Learning Disability Champion
  • Giving expert help and advice
  • ‘TEACH’ learning disability training for all our staff
  • Working in partnership with others to support individuals
  • Producing accessible information, signage and displays
  • Ensuring an accessible environment
  • Being alert to safeguarding concerns and reporting them 

Spectrum in Hatfield is the first project with change, grow, live (CGL) to agree to work for the Purple Star award.

“This means the drug and alcohol recovery service in Hatfield is making the changes to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities.

We want to be the flagship project in our area for the Purple Star. And we want to spread these changes to all our services across Hertfordshire.

We are working closely with the Purple Star Project Team to provide a great drug and alcohol service for people with learning disabilities on their journey to recovery from addiction.”

- Robin Ali

Many people with learning disabilities use Makaton symbols and signs. To find out more about Makaton visit

Other locations

Our other Spectrum services are located in:

We also have smaller part-time services in St Albans. Contact us for further details.

For out of hours enquiries and advice, call 0800 652 3169

Making Social Care History

For the first time in social care history a county-wide multi-disciplinary Family Safeguarding Teams will be realised. Co-located teams of skilled professionals in children’s and adult social work, domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health will work together in teams to tackle the root causes of harm in families.

To find out more visit the Hertfordshire safeguarding website. 

The service is a 20 minute walk from Hatfield train station and adjacent to the town centre.

St Martin's House
14 The Common
AL10 0UR
United Kingdom

Out of hours enquiries and advice: 0800 652 3169

01707 257 418
  • Monday: 11.30am - 5pm (open access runs until 4pm)
  • Tuesday: 1pm - 8pm (open access runs until 7pm)
  • Wednesday: 10am - 5pm (open access runs until 4pm)
  • Thursday: 1pm - 5pm (open access runs until 4pm)
  • Friday: 10am - 5pm (open access runs until 4pm)
  • Saturday: 11am - 2pm (open access runs until 2pm) 

St Albans

01707 256 532

Attendance is by appointment only. Please contact the Hatfield service on 01707 256 532. 

Wednesday 2.30-8pm 
Friday 12-5pm

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