Counselling for family and friends

The service. Explained in simple terms

Counselling for family and friends is aimed at helping people who are currently dealing with a friend or loved one suffering from addiction. There are counselling services available in relation to media, alcohol, drug, medication and gambling addictions. Many of these counselling services are also open to family and friends or are able to inform family and friends where they themselves can find support.

Guide. Who is this counselling for?

Addiction is never just about one person; often it can impact an entire family or group of friends. Alongside offering addiction counselling to people suffering from addictions, many counselling services are also available to family members or can help family and friends find the support they need.

Counselling for family and friends is aimed at the following individuals:

  • parents (including single parents)
  • children of those suffering from addiction (including those over the age of 18)
  • partners
  • other family members
  • friends and other contacts
  • people from the person suffering from the addiction’s school or place of work

You can receive expert assistance and support from addiction counselling services. Counselling is available for the following issues:

  • alcohol addiction
  • drug addiction
  • medication addiction
  • gambling addiction
  • media addiction

Counselling is an important means of helping yourself and the person suffering from the addiction. Seeking out support and assistance is a sign of strength. It is an indication that you are taking responsibility and doing something to change a situation that is weighing heavily on you. You alone decide which support you would like to make use of in your specific situation.

Counselling. Which services can family members and friends make use of?

If you have decided to seek out support, counselling services can offer a wide range of different options.

Counselling services can provide you with the following information:

  • How to recognise addiction.
  • How addiction arises.
  • How to respond to people suffering from addiction.
  • How to deal with difficult conversations and situations.
  • How to not let your life be defined by another person’s addiction.
  • How to find self-help groups for family and friends.
  • How to deal with the physical and mental burden of addiction.
  • How to find additional support, for example from psychologists or family therapists.


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The facts about counselling for family and friends

Good to know. Frequently asked questions about addiction counselling