About Us

At HACS we work with individuals, families and organisations across Hertfordshire, providing confidential advice and counselling.

We provide specialist therapeutic support to minimize harm for drinkers and their families to enable recovery from alcohol and associated mental health problems.
Our team of experienced, qualified and accredited counsellors provide therapy to those in the community and their families who are concerned about alcohol misuse. We offer short and longer-term counselling, using a variety of therapeutic approaches.
Our aim is to reduce pressure on the local system by providing support by providing interventions before alcohol or mental health associated problems develop to crisis levels. We believe that good drinking habits and mental health are universal assets which we seek to strengthen and protect to the benefit of the community as a whole.
We are not against alcohol but believe in a sensible approach to alcohol use.

Our Values :

Welcoming ; Confidential ; Respectful ; Professional ; Positive

A short film about HACS


FACE to FACE, ONLINE or TELEPHONE advice, information and support

HACS Counselling exists to provide professional counselling and therapeutic group work for adults aged 18+ who wish to cease or reduce their drinking or are struggling to maintain abstinence.

We offer face to face, telephone or online support and information to those in the community who are concerned about their drinking. Also, we support families and carers who would really like to know how to deal with someone with an alcohol problem.

Our services cover a wide variety of areas including health and wellbeing, alcohol misuse, mental health issues and domestic abuse. We offer a friendly, confidential, non-judgemental and personally tailored 1:1 counselling service for adults affected by their own or someone else's drinking. Unfortunately we receive no funding for this but we aim to provide an affordable service with a fee agreed according to your means. Our affiliate therapists are very experienced in alcohol work providing professional counselling throughout Hertfordshire working within BACP (British Association of Counselling and Therapy) ethical framework and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines.

Our helpline is open 6 days a week from 9am to 8pm for advice, support and referral, if appropriate, to accredited addiction/mental health therapist for 1:1 appointments or other services for ongoing support. Regular formal telephone counselling or home-based face to face support offered to those who are unable to travel, housebound or restricted by illness or caring responsibilities.

Our service is CONFIDENTIAL. You do not need to give your name if you do not wish to do so.

We will assess your need and let you know if we can help you or give you information on how to get the support you need.

Phone us on 01462 701956 or 07964 289843.

Support Us

Recovery Group

A group for those who are no longer using alcohol.

This is a structured 12 week rolling programme over 48 weeks based around frequent problems that could lead to a lapse in recovery if not addressed. It is facilitated by experienced, supportive professionals.

For further details please contact Sarah Green on 01462 701956 or 07964 289843 or email hertsalcoholcs@hotmail.com

Outreach In The Community

Support sessions are available to those in the community who are homeless and to those who have secured accommodation at temporary housing services in the area.

Equine Therapy

Get Stable – Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Group

equine therapy

Referrals are invited from any of the Drug and Alcohol services in Hertfordshire for individuals who meet the criteria of 3–6 months abstinent.

This group is for those who:

  • Are at transition phases in life
  • Are in recovery from alcohol and other addictions
  • Desire greater self-awareness and self-knowledge
  • Want better relationships
  • Are experiencing wellbeing and mental health issues

Experiencing relationship with a horse during Equine Facilitated Therapy, a person might begin to take the first necessary steps towards breaking old behaviours and patterns for the first time. Horses know and will demonstrate in their behaviour when we are not being congruent or honest.

Where to get more help & advice

Our thinking about drinking alcohol is that the vast majority of people do so responsibly. However, if you have clicked to access this website it may be that you or a member of your family are experiencing the harmful effects of alcohol misuse upon your health and other areas of your life.

For more information on alcohol and its effects visit the following links:


Get in touch

01462 701956 or 07964 289843