Alcohol addition is a destructive force, which can affect the whole community. Here in Greece, the economic crisis is aggravating the situation with increasing numbers turning to alcohol, and limited official sources of help. But there is help out there.
KETHEA is the largest service network for rehabilitation and social reintegration in the country. All services are confidential, free of charge and with no waiting lists. State funding covers a significant part of KETHEA spending programs, and the organization provides services to drug and alcohol users and their families free, without the contribution of insurance funds. However, they rely heavily on volunteers, community groups such as Gaia, and donations, to help implement their programmes.
If you have problems with addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling, internet), a phone call is enough to find yourself in a safe environment where you can talk and get help. In Counselling Centres, the first step is for KETHEA to assess your needs. You will be informed about treatment options and prepared for your membership in the appropriate program.
Call 1145 (if you have problems with substances) and 1114 (if you have problems with gambling) to receive psychological support or more information. The 1114 gambling addiction hotline operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.(English, Greek & Albanian)