Spectrum Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services

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Last updated: 9 July 2020

You might be feeling anxious and unsure about everything that’s happening right now. It’s OK to feel like that.

You can contact us from 09:00-19:00 by phoning us on 0800 652 3169 or emailing [email protected]. Our recovery workers are offering support over the phone. If you're worried about something, get in touch.

Updates to the service:

  • Our opening hours have changed. Our hubs are open 09:00-17:00 on weekdays
  • If you have questions about your prescriptions take a look at our prescription information page
  • For now, we are doing all appointments over the phone. 
  • Our groups aren't going to be running for a while.
  • If you have children staying at home and you’re unsure what to do when they’re hurt or unwell, take a look at this advice.

Help at home

Breaking Free Online is a free, online treatment and recovery program. It's for anyone addicted to alcohol or drugs. You can sign up to the treatment programme using the access code herts11.

Find the latest information on coronavirus on our information pages or the NHS website.

You can find local mutual aid support groups on this website.

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How we can help

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We can empower you to make changes in your life.

We offer advice and support to people who want help with drug and alcohol use. We'll tailor your recovery to suit you, as we know everyone's journey is different.

Find us

  • We are just past the roundabout connecting Gunnels Wood Road and Six Hills Way. We are a 15-minute walk from Stevenage train station.

  • Armstrong House
    Norton Road
    Stevenage SG1 2LX
  • There isn't any on-site parking.

Opening times

  • Monday10:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday10:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday13:00 - 20:00
  • Thursday13:00 - 17:00
  • Friday10:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday10:00 - 13:00

Contact us

Phone number: 0800 652 3169

Email: [email protected]

If it's an emergency or you don't think you can stay safe, please call 999 or go to A&E. If you feel like you need someone to talk to right now, we would recommend calling the Samaritans on 116 123.

If you're looking for local support, you can find services in Hertfordshire on this website.

Get social

Follow us on social media to see what's happening in the service and the community.

What's on

  • Mon

Monday

Time
Activity
10:30

This is held by Lianne every Monday morning. Learn about the ins and outs of addiction and tools to help prevent relapse. 

12:00

Helps you to gain control over your drug or alcohol use with goal-setting and other tools.This is a 6-week course run by Sarah. 

12:00

SMART Recovery meetings focus on addictive behaviour, not the substance itself. You will concentrate on the present and future to set goals. We don't focus on the past, we only look ahead.

Tuesday

Time
Activity
10:00

EBI means extended brief interventions. This group will support you by motivating you before you start your recovery. We will help you understand the recovery process and help you to start it. It's in a group setting so you'll be with people in a similar situation to you. This group is at Jackmans Community Centre in Letchworth.  

10:00

This course will give you the things you need to improve your personal wellbeing. As a group we'll discover tools to deal with anxiety and stress, physical health, improve sleep and build helpful relationships. 

11:00

Run by Siobhan. The numbers for this group are limited, so speak to your keyworker for more details.

14:00

If you need help with a range of issues (benefits advice, housing, emotional support) this drop-in may be for you. 

Wednesday

Time
Activity
17:30

SMART Recovery meetings focus on addictive behaviour, not the substance itself. You will concentrate on the present and future to set goals. We don't focus on the past, we only look ahead.

18:00

Helps you to gain control over your drug or alcohol use with goal-setting and other tools. This is a 6-week course run by Sarah. 

18:00

This is for carers and affected others. It's run by Nikki and held at Armstrong House. 

18:30

This is peer-led and for carers.

18:30

This is held by Lianne at Jackmans Community Centre in Letchworth. Learn about the ins and outs of addiction and tools to help prevent relapse. 

18:30

Need help with identifying unhelpful patterns of behaviour? Dionne's group will help you focus on yourself and build motivation through mapping and other exercises over the course of an hour. 

Thursday

Time
Activity
13:00

Run by Maria. The numbers for this group are limited, so speak to your keyworker for more details.

15:00

For people taking opiates like heroin. Brief structured support if you find it difficult to get into the service regularly. 

Friday

Time
Activity
10:00

This is a session where you can get housing advice from Emerging Futures. 

10:30

EBI means extended brief interventions. This group will support you by motivating you before you start your recovery. We will help you understand the recovery process and help you to start it. It's in a group setting so you'll be with people in a similar situation to you.

11:30

This is held on the last Friday of each month. It's open to all and it's a chance for you to have your say at the service.

14:00

This course will give you the things you need to get started on your journey to a better life. It will help you understand what change means to you and increase your motivation.This course will give you the things you need to get started on your journey to a better life. It will help you understand what change means to you and increase your motivation.

15:00

Help to build motivation to change for you if you're taking opiates and on a script. 

Saturday

Time
Activity
11:00

This is held at the service. 

Advice and support

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Alcohol

Whatever support you need, we are here for you.

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Drugs

Everyone's journey is different, which is why we'll tailor your care to you.

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Support for others

We can offer you advice and support if you're worried about a loved one.

Your first visit

When you visit the service for the first time, a member of staff will greet you in reception. They will help you to sign in and talk you through what will happen next. We have tea, coffee and water available. There's also information on other support services that you can take home with you. Please don't hesitate to ask at reception if you have any questions.

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“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.

Quote from someone who used the service