European Alcohol Policy Conference Programme
Friday 19 June 2004 - Workshop 1
Self-help groups and community programmes. Volunteer mutual help groups in a community based setting - bridging the gap in prevention and treatment at grassroots level

Subject (Links to /papers/presentations)


Volunteerism and self-help hand in hand, a simple model covering a huge demand; looking back at important achievements, looking ahead towards new challenges

Rolf Hüllinghorst
Director of DHS (German Head Office for Dependency Matters)

Clubs of Alcoholics in Treatment: Alcoholics and their families meet in friendship and solidarity, choosing “sobriety” not “abstinence

Ennio Palmesino
President AICAT (Clubs of Alcoholics in Treatment)

Brief presentation of an emerging European Network on Self-Help Groups and Community Programmes

Bernt Bull and Anders Ulstein

Panel discussion and questions:

Antoni Gual Head of the Alcohol Unit, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona. Alcohol Consultant, Program on Substance Abuse, Health Department, Catalonia
Ennio Palmesino President AICAT, Italy
Rolf Hüllinghorst Director DHS, Germany
Stephan Broutin General Secretary, Vie Libre, France

  • Can self-help groups play a significant and larger role in treatment and prevention?
  • Are self-help groups sufficiently recognised by health professionals on one hand and the health politicians on the other?
  • What are the pitfalls of self-help groups and community work?
  • ·      Do we need a great variety of groups and methods? And what are currently the unchartered territories?