How can addiction counselors help

Tips for relatives

Relatives are always affected by an addiction problem and often suffer greatly as a result. We support you with tips and individual strategies.

Speak to

Asking a drunk friend about their alcohol consumption takes courage - but it can be an important step towards change.

Express your worries, wishes and observations and avoid allegations or assumptions about consumer behavior. Do it on your own initiative. Tell what is bothering you and what you want, not what you want the other person to do.

Such conversations are often not easy and do not immediately bring what is desired. In a personal consultation, you can precisely coordinate your approach with a specialist.



If you want to help the person concerned, ask what kind of support they need.

In many cases, however, those affected do not accept any help - relatives feel “helpless”. We show you support options that avoid patronizing or addiction-promoting patterns.


Take care of yourself

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you can influence the behavior of the person affected by addiction in the desired direction overnight. This can be very stressful for people close to you.

Don't forget to look for yourself: what is good for you? What activities do you feel like doing? What did you enjoy doing in the past? You have the right to enjoy your life and to live a life apart from the problem of addiction. We help you to become more aware of your own needs again.