The DRC endeavors to prevent and alleviate human suffering anywhere, anytime. It actively advocates the dignity of all people with dependency issues who are particularly vulnerable and threatened in their health and lives.

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We in DRC SAR seek to protect life and health and empower each individual. We listen to help seekers, help them, promote their self-healing and socialize for them. The support in the form of DRK addiction self-help does not question the right of self-determination of those affected. People with dependency issues and their dependents are respected for their dignity and uniqueness in the DRC’s self-help groups. We meet them there with respect and without prejudice.


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The DRC’s self-help groups are focused on helping people in need.

We help people with dependency issues without distinguishing by ethnicity, nationality, religion, social status, or political beliefs. The gender and sexual orientation of those seeking help are not important. The only thing that matters is the fact that they need help.

Our SOS self-help groups strive to help those affected according to their needs. and giving priority to the most urgent cases. This impartial approach is also reflected in the social commitment against the discrimination and exclusion of people with addiction problems.


In order to maintain the trust of all, the volunteer group spokespersons and group members abstain at any time from political, religious or ideological arguments.

In the DRC addiction self-help groups, the participants are there for each other. Here meet different people with different beliefs and destinies. The groups are not concerned with imposing an opinion on other group members or devaluing the opinions of others. The group leaders do not take sides, but try to take a mediating stance in discussions of this kind.


The DRK self-help groups work in accordance with the statutory provisions of the DRC and organize their work on the basis of the laws of the federal states and the federal government. Financial support from the public sector and other payers supports addiction self-help.

In order to be able to act at all times in accordance with the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the DRC’s self-help groups must retain their independence. For example, the decision on the extent and form of use of people with addiction problems should not be limited by the requirements of donors / third parties, political or economic interests.


The German Red Cross is committed to the principle of voluntariness and embodies voluntary and disinterested help without any material gain. The principle of voluntariness thus underlines the importance of volunteering. The DRC is open to anyone who respects the principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The DRC also actively invites people threatened or threatened with exclusion and shows them (new) ways of volunteering. Potential volunteers are won through an inclusive association and offer design as Mitgestaltende. The DRC is rooted in integrating volunteers in the social space (regional) and, through its knowledge of local issues, can find the most appropriate ways to effectively help those in need.


In accordance with the principle of unity, all member associations are part of the German Red Cross. All associations are subject to professional exchange and ensure the continuous development of their work, personnel policy and offer design in order to be open to all people as employers, aid workers or places for social commitment. As a general association, the DRK therefore endeavors to develop common standards for a contemporary commitment and personnel policy as well as for offering, which is characterized by an inclusive attitude of the honorary and full-time employees on all levels. The DRK and its divisions understand the work as a social task and nationwide necessity. Regardless of where advice seekers turn their concerns to the DRC, they receive help and support in action according to the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.


The principle of universality states that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is global and that all National Societies have equal rights and the duty to help one another. As part of its international cooperation, the DRC shares its experience with other National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies. In the same way, it uses the findings of other national societies.