WHAT IS SELF-HELP?

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What is self-help?

Anyone who is dealing with illness, addiction or another personal problem firstly goes to the GP or care providers. But there are also some other means to get support in dealing with your illness, problem or experience: talking with peers. This form of support is called self-help.

Relationship problems, sexual identity, addiction issues, feelings of anxiety and illnesses can give someone the feeling, due to circumstances, that they are all on their own, or in an isolated position.

At self-help peers help and support each other by exchanging experiences. People can share their story in total freedom and always anonymously. This not only brings relief, but also ensures that they get to know themselves better.  Furthermore, it can prevent or bring an end to the isolation.

Participating in one of the groups does not mean that you are all complaining about life. You have the possibility to share your story without being judged. You will experience the recognition from the other participants which helps you to understand that you are not alone. You can learn from each other by listening to the stories. It allows you to look at options and possibilities which may enable you to heal or accept what you are dealing with.

Would you like to have a small insight on how it is to participate in a self-help group? Go to the pages of addiction care Frits 3, an article about attending an AA session.