Spectrum Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services

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Last updated: 1 April 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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You have the power to make changes in your life. We are here to help you do it.

We're a free and confidential service. We help people who are affected by drugs and alcohol. Whether it's recovery, harm reduction or just information you want, we're here for you.

Find us

  • The service is a 5 minute walk from Watford Junction train station. It's 15 minutes walk from the town centre.

  • 18 Station Road
    Watford WD17 1JU

Opening times

  • Monday13:00 - 20:00
  • Tuesday13.30 - 17:00
  • Wednesday10:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday10.00 - 17:00
  • Friday10.00 - 17:00
  • Saturday10:00 - 13:00

Contact us

Phone number: 0800 652 3169

Email: [email protected]

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
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 group runs at Urgent Care in Hemel Hempstead. 

15:00

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 group runs at our Watford hub on Station Road. 

18:00

This group is for family and friends to get support and information.

Tuesday

Time
Activity
13:30

Once you’ve made a positive change in your life, you want to maintain your new lifestyle. This course will help you to grow as a person.

Wednesday

Time
Activity
10:00

Time to express yourself! This group is for arts, crafts and meeting other people.

12:30

Brush up on your cooking skills and learn how to make healthy meals on a budget! 

20:00

This is held at the Watford service.

Thursday

Time
Activity
10:00

Once you’ve made a positive change in your life, you want to maintain your new lifestyle. This course will help you to grow as a person. This is held at Urgent Care in Hemel Hempstead. 

13:00

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

Friday

Time
Activity
13:00

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

20:00

This is held at the Watford service.

Saturday

Time
Activity
10:00

This is held at the Watford service.

Advice and support

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Alcohol

We'll help you identify your goals and empower you to achieve them. 

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Drugs

We have a needle exchange and can offer advice for harm reduction.

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Support for others

We can provide one-to-one support or introduce you to groups for affected others. You'll meet people who are going through a similar thing to you.

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. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the person at reception. 

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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