How to Cope

How to Cope With the Holidays


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?


November/December: 6:00 - 8:30 pm on November 30 and December 2, 7, 9, 14, 16 and 21.

Afternoon groups are established as interest is shown. A new group begins at the start of 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."

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.