How to Cope

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 Taylor at 816-800-8048 for information about our next class. Pre-registration is required.



How to Cope at First Call

Facilitated by Family Services Counselor Suzanne Taylor 

Offered Monday and Wednesday evenings, monthly.  

February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, and 26, from 6-8:30 p.m. 

March 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28, from 6-8:30 p.m. (The March How to Cope session is now FULL.) 

April 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, and 30, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Afternoon groups are established as interest is shown.

9091 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114

How to Register:
To begin registration for the How to Cope course offered at First Call, please scroll to the bottom of the page or contact Suzanne Taylor, Family Services Counselor, 816-800-8048. The cost of attendance is $35 per person and can be available at a reduced fee to those who qualify. 



How to Cope at Church of the Resurrection  

Facilitated by Recovery Advocate Jason Hurd

Offered bi-monthly, Tuesday and Thursday evenings
April 3-24, 
from 6-8:30 p.m.

13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, Kansas 

How to Register:
To begin registration for the January How to Cope course offered at Church of the Resurrection, click HERE.  For more information, contact Suzanne Taylor at 816-800-8048. 


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, detachment 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 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."

"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.


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