How to Cope with a Loved One’s Substance Use

If you have a loved one who is misusing substances or struggling with addiction, odds are your life is feeling very out-of-balance as well.

As family and friends of someone with a Substance Use Disorder, we often feel it is our responsibility to save or rescue our loved one. We do everything we can to help them and nothing seems to be working. As we try harder to control and manage their life, we end up having less time to care for ourselves. As a result, our lives become unmanageable and cycle of addiction continues and progresses. This is a difficult cycle to disrupt but with the right support and understanding of this disease, it is possible.

Luckily, First Call offers a 7-session psycho-educational group that encourages family recovery through an evidence based curriculum called How to Cope. Facilitated by trained clinicians, 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.

How to Cope is offered monthly at locations in Leawood, KS and Kansas City, MO. Please contact Suzanne Taylor with questions or visit to view our upcoming group dates. Enrollment can be started by scrolling to the bottom of the page. Cost of group ranges from $0-$35.

Family recovery is a vital component to ending the cycle of addiction! Don’t wait any longer to start your recovery!

Suzanne Taylor, LCSW, Family Services Counselor

Direct line: 816-800-8048


24/7 Crisis Line: 816-361-5900