Alcohol support available throughout the festive period
Date Added: 29/12/2015
It may be a merry season but if Christmas is proving to be a wake-up call when it comes to your drinking then local support is available to help you make a change for the better.
Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Councils are reminding residents that Path to Recovery (P2R), the shared drug and alcohol support service, is open throughout the festive period.
P2R is a new one-stop service which launched in September and provides advice, treatment and support to adults over the age of 18 in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use.
The new P2R service includes Hubs in Dunstable and Bedford and residents can choose to drop-in to the Hub most convenient to them, without an appointment or referral, and seek help with changing their drinking habits.
Dunstable Hub: 67 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1JF (tel. 01582 501780)
Normal opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.30pm. Late night opening every Tuesday until 8.00pm. Saturday opening from 10am – 2.00pm.
Christmas opening hours:
• Tuesday 22 December: 9am to 8pm
• Wednesday 23 December: 9am to 5.30pm
• Thursday 24 December: 9am to 3.30pm
• Thursday 25 December to Monday 28 December: closed
• Tuesday 29 December: 9am to 8pm
• Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December: 9am to 5.30pm
• Friday 1 January 2016: closed
• Monday 4 January: normal opening hours resume
Bedford Hub: 21 The Crescent, Bedford, MK40 3RT (tel. 01234 352220)
Normal opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.30pm. Late night opening every Thursday until 8.00pm. Saturday opening from 10am – 2pm.
Christmas opening hours at the Bedford hub are the same as those at the Dunstable Hub, except:
• Saturday 2 January: needle exchange only, 12.30 to 2.30pm
Cllr Maurice Jones, Executive Member for Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Christmas can be a stressful time, which can see some people turning to alcohol to help them relax, while a calendar of alcohol-fuelled social events can see some drinking more heavily and more often – sometimes with embarrassing or damaging consequences.
“Our P2R service will be open as normal for almost all of the festive period as we recognise that Christmas can be a turning point for some people when it comes to their relationship with alcohol.
“Advisors at our P2R Hubs won’t judge you, but will welcome you, treat you with respect and will support you to make the changes that you want to make to your drinking habits.”
In addition to visiting a P2R Hub, you can also visit the Don’t Bottle It Up website at https://dontbottleitup.org.uk/ at your own convenience, where you can take a free, quick and confidential alcohol test, which can help identify the signs of harmful drinking, and connect you to local specialist alcohol support services.
You can also make an appointment to talk to your GP about your drinking habits, and he or she can also refer you to P2R.