Performance and Success

Performance and Success

Statistics show that over 80% of addicts who regularly visit a self-help group remain permanently abstinent. This alone is proof that the results achieved by the groups and their members are extremely effective. Additionally, the group can help to re-stabilise anyone who experiences a relapse (again, 80% success rate).

One-third of group members suffering from addiction recover without any in- or outpatient treatment, purely through the assistance and support of the self-help system. As a result, public authorities and social services save millions of Euros each year, a remarkable contribution made by Kreuzbund to both the rehabilitation programme and cost-saving within the national health system. Annual costs caused merely by illnesses related to alcohol have been estimated at some 25 billion Euros. Alcohol abuse is responsible for the death of 73,000 people each year.

Year in, year out, 3,500 Kreuzbund volunteers spend more than 300,000 hours assisting in the groups, on an administrative or executive level, or in public relations. They chair group meetings, advise on an individual basis, accompany participants to other institutions offering help for addicts, and give information on Kreuzbund at public events. Taking on a voluntary job gives you a different view on life.

Kreuzbund offers volunteers constant training opportunities for their job and organizes regular courses and seminars. Networking with people in similar positions on a regional and national level, participating in seminars on particular topics or events for people responsible for a particular area of interest (gender or youth work etc) as well as expert round-tables all lead to further development both on a personal level and for Kreuzbund.