What is How to Cope?
How to Cope is a seven-session, evidence-based course for adult family members and friends impacted by a loved one's substance use. Please contact Suzanne Rutter at 816-800-8048 for information about our next class.
When is How to Cope?
February: 6:00 - 8:30 pm on the 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and March 1.
March: 6:00 - 8:30 pm on the 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28.
NOTE: The February session will have a Caring for Adolescent Needs (CAN) class running at the same time. CAN offers children ages 13-17 emotional, social and physical alternatives to the fear and anxiety of living in a home interrupted by alcoholism or another substance use disorder. Click HERE to learn more.
Afternoon groups are established as interest is shown. A new group begins at the start oof every month - watch this page for the most recent updates.
Location: 9091 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114
Registration: Sign up today by contacting Suzanne Rutter at 816-800-8048 for cost and registration information.
More about How to Cope
Presented by trained facilitators, the How to Cope curriculum:
- Educates participants about Substance Use Disorders (recognized by the American Medical Association as a disease) and other addictions.
- Helps participants recognize how their loved one's disease is impacting their own physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
- Teaches skills for participants to regain a healthy lifestyle and build a stronger sense of self.
- Helps participants develop skills in boundary setting, decision making, detachmet and communication in order to restore balance in their lives.
- Addresses how enabling behaviors affect addiction.
- Creates an environment of support so participants feel empowered to share openly about their situation without judgement.
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."
"This course has been very good for me. I came feeling angry and guilty. I now feel better about myself."
"This course saved my life and I hated to see the program end. This was the first positive thing for me in months."
No one is refused services for lack of ability to pay.