Addiction: Drugs, Alcohol & Gambling

Direction aims to help you improve your quality of life if you’ve been affected by drugs, alcohol and gambling.

We know that it can challenge everyone involved, threaten and, ultimately, destroy relationships. We are here to help anyone affected, giving them the chance to benefit from healthy relationships, be part of a supportive environment and enjoy mental and physical wellbeing.

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Fearless

Fearless

Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. What makes this site different is we also provide you with a safe place to give information to us about crime - 100% anonymously.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

0800 9177650
help@aamail.org

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Aquarius

Aquarius

0330 008 3925
ypbedfordshire@aquarius.org.uk

Aquarius is a service for anyone under the age of 18 in Bedfordshire, who is affected by substance misuse. This includes those who are taking drugs or drinking alcohol themselves, or if they are affected by family members who have problems with alcohol or drug use. Many of the children and young people we work with are also facing other challenges, such as school exclusion, homelessness, mental health, unemployment, or experience of the care system. We’re here to provide the support you need.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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BigDeal

BigDeal

0808 8020 133

BigDeal is a place for young people to find information and support related to gambling, either for themselves or someone they care about. The first step towards life without gambling problems is understanding the issue and asking for help. We are here for you, so you will not be alone whatever you are dealing with. If you’d rather chat to an advisor online, you can contact us via our NetLine service. The NetLine provides confidential advice, information and emotional support throughout Great Britain to anyone experiencing problems with gambling. The NetLine is an online text ‘chat’ service, where you can talk to an adviser by typing, and they will type back. You can access the service via a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PC. As well as reading what the adviser types, the adviser can also send you documents and links to read later. The NetLine services are open from 8am to midnight.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous

0800 612 0225
helpline@cauk.org.uk

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Community Led Initiatives – SAMAS

Community Led Initiatives – SAMAS

01234 880 625
Hello@communityled.org.uk

CLI runs the SAMAS (Support, Advice, Mentoring and Advocacy Service) in Bedford and Central Bedfordshire. SAMAS supports individuals through substance misuse recovery by creating a safe community. They have mentors with lived experience of substance misuse to keep individuals motivated and understand their needs.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds

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Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory

0333 325 2500

A nationwide database of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Also provides advice and FAQ's around counselling.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Dear Albert

Dear Albert

0800 880 3153 / 07712707999
hello@dearalbert.co.uk

Dear Albert helps individuals to stop taking alcohol and drugs. Dear Albert also specialises working directly with providers of substance misuse services and other organisations to achieve better outcomes including successful completions and PbR.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Drinkline

0300 123 1110

Drinkline runs a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else's (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm).

Areas of Operation:
National

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous

0330 094 0322
info@gamblersanonymous.org.uk

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men & women who share their experience, strength & hope with each other that they may solve their common problem & help others to do the same. This site offers various help for the compulsive gambler including a Forum, Chat Room, Literature and of course most importantly a meeting finder Meetings are the core of Gamblers Anonymous and we have meetings every day of the week throughout the UK

Areas of Operation:
National

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GamCare

GamCare

08088020133
info@gamcare.org.uk

GamCare is the leading national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. GamCare operates the National Gambling HelpLine, providing information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. Advisers are available seven days a week from 8am – Midnight on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat. We also offer a range of free treatment across England, Scotland and Wales, as well as a moderated Forum and daily chatrooms so that people can speak to others experiencing similar issues and seek support.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Nacoa

Nacoa

0800 358 3456
helpline@nacoa.org.uk

Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) was founded in 1990 to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. This includes children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

0300 9991212

N.A. is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only ONE requirement for membership, the desire to stop using.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Path To Recovery- P2R

Path To Recovery- P2R

0333 332 4019
elt-tr.p2rbedford@nhs.net

Path to Recovery is a specialist addictions service providing advice, treatment and support to people, age 18 and over, whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use. We provide an integrated service with a range of expertise available in one place. P2R provide services across the whole of Bedfordshire with two main sites: Bedford and Dunstable. Both professional and self-referrals can be made via telephone or online. They also offer a friends and family support group via Teams on Tuesdays 5-6pm (please contact for the meeting link), and one to one support.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds

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ResoLUTiONs

ResoLUTiONs

0800 054 6603 / 01582 965 123
resolutions.info@cgl.org.uk

ResoLUTiONs is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults, young people and families in Luton. Anybody can be affected by drug and/or alcohol use, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, beliefs, class, age, sexuality, disability or lifestyle.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Rehab 4 Addiction

Rehab 4 Addiction

0800 140 4690
info@rehab4addiction.co.uk

Rehab 4 Addiction is a free drug and alcohol addiction helpline to help those affected by addiction.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Rehab 4 Alcoholism

Rehab 4 Alcoholism

0800 111 4108
info@rehab4alcoholism.com

Rehab 4 Addiction is a free drug and alcohol addiction helpline to help those affected by addiction.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

01582 457114
hello@steppingstonesluton.org.uk

Stepping Stones (Luton) is a charity dedicated to supporting women to transform the stumbling blocks of their lives into stepping stones; creating happier, healthier lives for women, their children and families. We provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgemental environment for women living in Luton and Central Bedfordshire, who have suffered abuse, who are vulnerable due to substance misuse, offending, mental health conditions and/or are involved with Local Authority Children’s Social Care.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds, Luton

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Talk to Frank

Talk to Frank

0300 123 6600

A website that provides advice around drugs and drug use with a national number to call for advice or to talk to someone if you are worried.

Areas of Operation:
National

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The Walk to Freedom

The Walk to Freedom

01582 318499 / 07726298703
info@walktofreedom.co.uk

The Walk to Freedoms centre for operations is based in central Luton and its services have a nationwide coverage. Courses will demonstrate the different stages of using drugs and alcohol that a person can go through.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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WDP

WDP

WDP works within HMP Bedford to provide support to prisoners who are experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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