treatmentBedfordshire Drug and Alcohol Team (B:DAT) has compiled this directory of services for the benefit of clients, friends, family and carers, as well as a variety of professionals. This website will provide information about drugs and alcohol and both local and national organisations, in order for you to be fully informed as to the treatment that is available.

  • Drug & Alcohol Service Contact Information
  • Drug & Alcohol Facts

More On Treatment

B:DAT are responsible for developing appropriate treatment services in Bedfordshire. There are many treatment services available locally offering a range of interventions covering many issues, from advice and information through to inpatient detoxification and residential rehabilitation.

B:DAT are working hard with local services to ensure that the different levels of treatment are linked up appropriately in order to provide clients with different options because what works for one person may not work for everybody. B:DAT are also working to ensure that people who have complex needs get the support they need, for example, drug use is often linked to other issues such as mental health, homelessness. B:DAT works with all the relevant local agencies to ensure integrated treatment and support across Bedfordshire for the people who need it.

Whoever you are and whatever drug and alcohol issues you may have, B:DAT are working in partnership to provide the support that’s right for you.

National Targets

Treatment remains high on the Governments agenda for addressing drugs issues to increase the participation of problem drug users in drug treatment programmes. The aim is to support individuals in overcoming their drug dependency to achieve their full potential in society.

What Is Being Done – Treatment Priorities 2005–08

The Adult Treatment Joint Commissioning Group, the Treatment Managers Group and the Treatment Practitioners’ Group used the findings from this research to form 10 priorities for 2005–08:

  1. To increase the number of problem drug users participating in drug treatment programmes
  2. To reduce waiting times for all types of treatment.
  3. To increase the number of drug treatment practitioners in Bedfordshire.
  4. To increase the proportion of users successfully sustaining or completing treatment programmes year on year.
  5. To improve capacity in Tier 3 and prescribing services, particularly specialist prescribing resources.
  6. To improve provision of access to inpatient detoxification and residential rehabilitation services, particularly for those with dual diagnosis needs.
  7. To improve provision of services for and in rural areas, including increased use of GP practices and health centres.
  8. To ensure fully integrated performance targets and regular data capture and monitoring for all commissioned services.
  9. To improve care management and pathways, particularly for clients accessed through criminal justice settings.
  10. To prepare strategic plans for addressing Hep B, Hep C, Injecting rates and housing provision.

What we need to work on

  • We are improving service access for individuals in rural areas and in the South of Bedfordshire.
  • The number of drug treatment practitioners has increased but there is a need to retain more staff.
  • We are working to keep clients in treatment, and secure appropriate throughcare to complete treatment successfully.
  • We are working to respond to blood-born virus control and housing needs.
  • We are managing data and contract performance with drugs services to monitor what impact we are having.

Related Links:

  • Listen to Life Experiences & Adverts in Bedfordshire
  • How To Keep Safe
  • Drugs & The Law
  • B:DAT Contact Information
  • B:DAT Local Strategy Documents
  • Useful Documents

External National Websites:

  • Know Your Limits
  • FRANK – A to Z of Drugs
  • Alcohol Concern
  • Home Office – Treatment
  • National Treatment Agency (NTA) For Substance Misuse