The luebeck memorandum on the future of addiction care

Hans Jürgen Rumpf, Gallus Bischof, Anja Bischof, Eva Hoch, Anil Batra, Angelika Bähre, Johannes Berndt, Bettina Besser, Sigrun Bever, Angela Buchholz, Jean Francois Chenot, Marie Luise Delsa, Ulrike Dickenhorst, Tobias Effertz, Ursula Havemann-Reinecke, Rolf Hüllinghorst, Ulrich John, Susanne Kasimir, Falk Kiefer, Min GabyIris Klaßen, Andreas Koch, Karl Lesehr, Johannes Lindenmeyer, Peter Missel, Udo Nabitz, Tim Pfeiffer-Gerschel, Doris Sarrazin, Wiebke Schneider, Rainer Thomasius, Martina Tödte, Sabina Ulbricht, Renate Walter-Hartmann, Volker Weissinger

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© 2017 Hogrefe. Background: Addictive disorders are related to high costs for society and extensive burden for persons concerned and their families. Addiction services do a good job and reach those who come into treatment perfectly and efficiently. Depending on the specific substance used, the majority of addicted individuals do not seek treatment and cannot be reached by addiction services therefore. Method: A group of experts developed visions for the future of the addiction service system. Results: 1) Seamlos transitions and tailored help: Individuals with addictive disorders are recognized in all areas of life. They receive appropriate help covering early interventions, counseling, treatment and continued care as well as self-help. Medical as well as psycho-social care are linked to addiction services and provide conjoint help. Funding is simplified and secured. 2) Early, comprehensive, and evidence-based prevention: Prevention strategies cover lifeworld oriented consideration of problematic health-related behavior. In this field, addiction, harmful and at-risk substance use are of special concern. Assistance to improve healthrelated behavior is offered over the entire life course. 3) Open-minded climate and supportive basic attitude: Stigmatization is effectively reduced. Addiction, harmful and at-risk substance use are considered in non-judgemental attitude as behaviors that can be changed and optimized. Meeting persons concerned is characterized by partnership, acceptance, compassion and motivating support. 4) Open access to a spectrum of evidence-based approaches of help: It is secured that best evidence-based treatments are provided in a qualified manner. With this respect, persons concerned will be supported by independent counseling to choose the most appropriate solution for their specific concern in a self-directed manner. Conclusion: In an ongoing process, ideas developed in this group shall be realized. For this purpose, a commission with different working groups will be established. There will be a cooperation in the areas of policy, organization, practice and research.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2017

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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