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Drugs and alcohol

Get drug and alcohol help for you and your family. There is also specialised substance misuse support for children, young people and ex-offenders.

Alcohol advice, treatment and support

Some people do not drink, but for many, alcohol is part of their social lives.

As with most activities, this carries a degree of risk. 27% of men and 13% of women in England drink alcohol in a way that presents increasing risk to their health and wellbeing.

Use the calculator to check your drinking on the Drinkaware website and find out more about safe levels of drinking,

Drink Free Days App will encourage days off from drinking as a way of reducing health risks from alcohol. 

Path to Recovery (P2R) has free, non-judgemental drug and alcohol advice, treatment and support for adults in Bedford Borough whose lives are affected by their own drug and alcohol use or those affected by someone else’s use. P2R provide an integrated service with a range of expertise available in one place and support can include the whole family.

You can download a free Drinks Tracker app

Drugs advice, treatment and support

FRANK has honest information about drugs, their effects and the law.

Path to Recovery (P2R) has free, non-judgemental drug and alcohol advice, treatment and support for adults in Bedford Borough whose lives are affected by their own drug and alcohol use or those affected by someone else’s use. P2R provide an integrated service with a range of expertise available in one place and support can include the whole family.

Drug and alcohol help for children and young people

Aquarius supports young people from 5 to 19 years old, impacted by substance misuse whether this be parental or own use, they offer one-to-one support, family sessions and group work.

They deliver the person-centred service for young people across Bedford Borough who may be at risk of harm from:

  • drug and/or alcohol misuse
  • already experiencing problematic drug and/or alcohol misuse
  • or being negatively impacted through living with someone else’s misuse.

Community Led Initiatives (CLI), Support, Advice, Mentoring and Advocacy Service (SAMAS)

SAMAS provide peer led recovery support to individuals, carers and family members in Bedford Borough to best meet their needs and to aid their recovery journey.

SAMAS workers build relationships with and understand the circumstances of individual clients so that they can identify opportunities for alternative or additional interventions.

SAMAS offer one to one mentoring support, providing links into community resources, group activities which complement mentoring, and peer support, both through other group members and volunteers.

The CLI approach of mentoring can create lasting change for individuals and families affected by substance misuse.