For Families & Loved Ones 

How to Cope 

How to Cope is a seven-session course for adult family members and friends impacted by a loved one's substance use. How to Cope helps participants overcome the related physical, psychological and social effects and build a healthy life for themselves. How to Cope is recognized by the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse directors as an evidence-based program proven to strengthen relationship skills and increase resiliency. LEARN MORE 

Pre-registration is required and you may choose to attend in-person or online (hybrid).


Extended support sessions and alumni group are available

to participants who complete the program.



How to Cope - fall, winter, & holiday groups


Facilitated by Bethany DePugh, CPS, Family Services Counselor.

What is How to Cope? Share this link with your loved one.

These class groups are offered FREE and are hybrid-style meetings. The list will be updated as more sessions are added. Please find the registration form below the class list.  (you may choose to attend in person or virtually)

Current Morning Classes - 10 to Noon  

November 29th - December 20th - Full

(Tuesdays and Thursdays) 

January 10th, 12th, 17th, 24th, 26th, and 31st 

(Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Current Evening Class - 6 to 8 pm 

November 7, 14, 21, 28,

& December 5, 12, & 19  (Mondays) - Full


January 9, 16, 23, 30

& February 6, 13, 20 (Mondays)

How to Cope  with the Holidays

November 15 and December 13

Click on the flyer for more details!

Registration is appreciated but not required. Register here!

Virtual Zoom Link  Meeting ID: 816 361 5900  Passcode: Holidays

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Please Note: *Private Groups (minimum of 4). All inquiries regarding How to Cope registrations by phone should be directed to Bethany DePugh, Family Services Counselor, 816-800-8057.
How to Register


To begin registration for the How to Cope course offered by First Call (day and evening classes), please use the registration form below or contact Bethany DePugh, Family Services Counselor, 816-800-8057.


How to Cope is provided FREE OF CHARGE. 

COVID-19 Safety 


First Call is committed to providing the same quality services during the pandemic. In an effort to mitigate risk and keep our families safe, all How to Cope and Caring for Kids classes will be conducted with safety protocols in place.  


Caring for Kids & How to Care

Caring for Kids is a seven-session, age-appropriate course for children and youth impacted by a loved one’s substance misuse or substance use disorder. 


Children growing up in alcohol or drug-affected homes have a high risk of developing a substance use disorder themselves. The Caring for Kids program helps participants regain a healthy, productive lifestyle by focusing on education, resilience, and safety.

How to Care is a four-hour, curriculum-based educational program that teaches adult caregivers (teachers, foster parents, extended family members, etc.) to better understand the dynamics of a family system impacted by substance use disorder, the lasting effects of this experience on children’s physical and emotional development, and the best approach to help them achieve their full potential. How to Care can be offered on-site, or as a web-based training for organizations. 

To register for Caring for Kids or How to Care, visit our Youth Services page. The cost of attendance is FREE.


All First Call services are available FREE or 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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