The goal is clear: early help in order not to stand in the way of one's own possibilities.
This also applies to people who have a risky, problematic or dependent approach to alcohol, drugs, gambling, gaming or using other electronic media.
That is why the addiction help services in Hamburg cooperate with the job centre team.arbeit.hamburg, the youth employment agencies (Jugendberufsagenturen) and the employment agency (Arbeitsagentur). People who are cared for there can turn to their case manager or their integration specialist and point out their problems with addiction. However, it can also be that they are addressed.
Addiction (risk) often impairs the long-term ability to work in various ways. Sometimes slowly and, for a long time, inconspicuously. In order for you to be able to realise a professional perspective that suits your abilities, it is important to develop a low-risk approach to addictive behaviour.
So, if you get approached and are referred to us, this is usually in your interest. It does not have to mean that your advisor in the job centre or youth employment agency "labels" you. Rather, you will be offered an opportunity to sort out - in an institution, with someone who is experienced in the field - whether you have a problem and if so, to develop together what could be a reasonable and realistic change.