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Help and advice

If you suspect an offence has been committed please contact your local police station or call 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

You can help by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any information about drug dealers. Crimestoppers gathers intelligence and passes it to the police to help arrest and charge criminals. For more information visit the Crimestoppers website (opens in new window)

Drugs, their effects and the law

FRANK (opens in new window) has honest information about drugs, their effects and the law.


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 (opens in new window) and find out more about safe levels of drinking.

Drink Free Days App (opens in new window) will encourage days off from drinking as a way of reducing health risks from alcohol. 

Drug and Alcohol Services- advice, treatment and support

Path to Recovery (P2R) (opens in new window) has free, non-judgemental drug and alcohol advice, treatment and support for adults in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire 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 (opens in new window) supports young people from five 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 and Central Bedfordshire 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 and Central Bedfordshire 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. The service helps individuals to identify their strengths and creates a mentorship cycle which allows the people who benefit from the service to lead in its development and day to day running. 

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 (opens in new window) approach of mentoring can create lasting change for individuals and families affected by substance misuse. 

If you are interested in accessing SAMAS for support, fill out the short SAMAS support referral form (opens in new window). You must be 18+ and be in, or want to work towards recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

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