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Spectrum - Hertfordshire Drug & Alcohol Services - Watford

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

Our Watford service is also open to people living in Hemel Hempstead, Tring, and Berkhamsted

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.

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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 18 Station Road, Watford. You can call us on 01923 222 889 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 01923 222 889. 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  10.00 - 12pm The Living Room over-50s Alcohol group 
Monday  1.00 - 2.30pm Foundations of Change (Hemel) 
Monday 1 - 3pm Complex needs drop-in
Monday 5.30 - 7pm  Family & Friends Group
Tuesday  1.30 - 3.30pm Foundations of Growth/ Life 
Wednesday 8.00 - 9.30pm Cocaine Anonymous
Thursday 1.00 - 3.00pm Art & Crafts Cafe
Friday 10.30 - 12.30pm Foundations of Change
Friday 12.30 - 1pm Service User Forum (monthly) 


12.30 - 3pm  Cooking Group
Friday  3.00 - 4.30pm Foundations of Growth/ Life 
Saturday 10am - 1pm  Breakfast Club 

Where can I go for further support?

  • New Hope (homeless support) - 01923 210 680
  • Carers in Herts - 01992 586 969
  • Turning Point (mental health)
  • MIND in Mid Herts
  • Samaritans - 116 123
  • 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 AF-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.

Other locations 

Our other services are located in:

We also have smaller part-time services in Hemel Hempstead. Contact us for further details.

Number for out of hours enquiries and advice, call 0800 652 3169

The service is a 5 minute walk from Watford Junction train station. 

18 Station Road
WD17 1JU
United Kingdom

Out of hours enquiries and advice: 0800 652 3169

01923 236 250
  • Monday 1pm to 7.30pm (open access runs from 1pm until 4pm)
  • Tuesday 11.30am to 5pm (open access runs from 12pm until 3pm)
  • Wednesday 11.30am to 5pm (open access runs from 12pm until 3pm)
  • Thursday 10am to 5pm (open access runs from 12pm until 3pm)
  • Friday 10am to 5pm (No drop-in)
  • Saturday 10am to 1pm (open access runs until 1pm)  


Urgent Care Centre - West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust - Hemel Hempstead

Hillfield Road
Hemel Hempstead
United Kingdom
01923 222 889

Attendance is by appointment only. Please contact the Watford service on 01923 222 889. 

Monday 12.30-8pm
Thursday 9.30am-5pm
Friday 9.30am-5pm