Self-help in the groups

Self-help in the groups

The aid offered by the groups is based on discussion and meetings. The groups are responsible for themselves and form the focal point of help for addicts within Kreuzbund. All group members are equal. Addicts and their relatives discover that they are not alone in their hopes, experiences and emotions. Members support each other on the route to abstinence. They talk openly about themselves, what they have achieved, their problems and worries, and learn how others have found the way to recovery. By telling their own story, listening and learning from other group members in rewarding discussions, participants can regain control of their own life. Such discussions teach them to manage their everyday lives without addictive substances. In this way the groups help addicts and their relatives to achieve a healthier lifestyle and to develop their own personality.

Kreuzbund also organizes and encourages members to participate in a range of leisure activities free of alcohol and drugs, such as seasonal celebrations or sport. Here, individuals have a chance to overcome their fear of meeting people. Group members have fun together – without alcohol or drugs – and at the same time make new friends.

The groups are open to new participants. Everyone can decide how long they wish to remain in the group.
Addiction affects the whole family, so relatives are also included in the self-help process. Partners and/or children receive help in understanding their role. This can bring relief and support for both relatives and the addicted person.