Addiction counseling in case of existing or threatening addiction problems; utilization

People at risk of addiction or suffering from addiction, as well as their relatives, receive information on the subject of addiction as well as advice, support and help from psychosocial addiction counseling centers, the public health department and general practitioners and specialists.


Regardless of the type of addiction problem (e.g. alcohol, illegal drugs, medication, gambling, media and Internet use), the psychosocial addiction counseling centers offer help and support to people at risk of addiction or suffering from addiction and their relatives. Their focus is on outpatient counseling and support. In most cases, this is where the first contact is made with the person concerned; the course is set for inpatient or outpatient therapy, detoxification treatment can be arranged and aftercare can be provided for former addicts to prevent relapses. The psychosocial addiction counseling centers also offer assistance in clarifying how to pay for treatment and rehabilitation.

Counseling can take place directly on site or online via the interagency and nationwide uniform counseling platform "DigiSucht" (see "Related links"). Combined on-site counseling concepts consisting of digital and analog counseling are also possible. DigiSucht" has created a particularly low-threshold, time- and location-independent access to the help and support offered by the psychosocial addiction counseling centers. In addition to general information on the topic of addiction, those seeking advice also have the opportunity to take anonymous self-tests on their own consumption behavior.

If you yourself are affected by addiction or have questions about how to deal with addiction problems of a relative, please contact an addiction counseling center, your public health department or your family doctor. A Bavaria-wide directory of these facilities and a compilation of low-threshold help can be found on the website of the Bavarian Addiction Support Coordination Office (KBS) (see "Further links"). A nationwide directory and comprehensive information on the topic of addiction can be found on the website of the Deutschern Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen e.V. (see "Related links").


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Special notes

If you want to find out more about the various addictive substances and their patterns of abuse, contact the German Centre for Addiction Issues (see "Further links") or the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (ZPG) at the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL).




  • Counseling (analog on-site or digital) by psychosocial addiction counseling centers or public health offices is free of charge. In the case of medical counseling (by general practitioners or specialists), the costs are usually borne by the health insurance funds.

Status: 14.11.2022

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