How to Cope


Starts March 29th – Education & Empowerment For Families Impacted By Addiction

How to Cope is a 7-session group for families who have been impacted by addiction.

  • Next group starts Thursday, Mach 29th at 6 pm

  • Each session meets once a week for two hours for seven weeks.

  • Groups are small, private and confidential

For Danbury: Contact Irene Sherlock by email at or call at 203 792-4515 ext. 1219.

Substance use disorders affect individuals and families regardless of race, gender or economic status.

The first step towards positive change often comes when family members begin to take charge of their own lives. How to Cope provides the support and tools to help participants start to make those changes.


When one family member has a problem with drugs or alcohol, it creates tremendous stress on the entire family.

Adults can feel like they are living on an emotional roller coaster, compensating and covering for the addicted family member. Often they experience symptoms that mirror the addict, including weight loss or gain, mood swings, insomnia, and isolation.

When family members and friends begin to take charge and reconstruct their own lives, often the addicted person begins to seek help.

How to Cope offers support and direction for change. Through the process of understanding addiction and constructing a personal plan of action, participants begin to restore balance to their lives.

Seven Sessions to Strength and Hope

Session 1 – The Disease of Addiction: understanding the factors of addiction (recognized by the American Medical Association).

Session 2 – How Enabling Behavior Supports Addiction: learning how to identify enabling and codependent behaviors and how they support the addiction.

Session 3 – How Addiction Affects the Family: how addiction affects family roles and relationships

Session 4 – How Addiction Affects You: learning to identify symptoms and results of codependent behavior.

Session 5 – You Have Choices: beginning to develop a personal recovery plan.

Session 6 – You Can Make Decisions: learning how to develop and begin setting personal boundaries.

Session 7 – You Really Can Cope: committing to a plan for bringing balance into your own life.

Sessions are ongoing and are held in the evening.


How to Cope is held at 38 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury. Click here, for contact information and directions.

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.