How to Cope


What is How to Cope?

How to Cope is a seven-session course for family and friends impacted by a loved one's addiction to alcohol or drugs. There are new classes available every month. Please contact Suzanne Rutter at 816-800-8048 for information about our next class.


When is How to Cope?


September: 6:00 - 8:30 pm on the 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30.


Location: 9091 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO  64114
Registration: Please contact Suzanne Rutter at 816-800-8048 for cost and registration information.


More about How to Cope

How to Cope helps participants regain a healthy lifestyle for themselves. Presented by trained facilitators, the How to Cope curriculum:

  • Identifies addiction as a disease that impacts the entire family's health
  • Teaches skills for participants to regain a healthy lifestyle
  • Helps participants develop skills in boundary setting, decision making, detachment and communication in order to help restore balance and self-care in their lives
  • Creates an environment of support so participants can share openly about their situation without judgment



A Nationally Recognized Program

How to Cope is recognized by the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse directors as an evidence-based program proven to reduce co-dependency and increase resiliency.

In 2008 the program received a National Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies.

What participants have said
about How to Cope

I’m very glad I made the decision to come to the How to Cope program.I hope I continue to keep my problem mine and let his be his.

How to Cope participant 

This course has been very good for me. I came feeling angry and guilty. I now feel better about myself. 

How to Cope participant

This course saved my life and I hated to see the program end. This was the first positive thing for me in months.

How to Cope participant 

Registration for How to Cope is a two step process. Step one involves paperwork and assessment, then step two involves payment arrangements. Once you have contacted First Call and completed step one, payment can be made at First Call with check, cash or credit.
**All clinical services are available on a sliding scale fee schedule determined in accordance with federal poverty guidelines. 
No one is refused services for lack of ability to pay.