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A Family’s Story of Recovery

David and Kim were participating in How to Cope after their son Sam returned home from a rehab facility in California. Sam was 25 and had been in treatment for heroin addiction. Towards the end of the seven-session course, Sam relapsed and his parents were in crisis mode.

“We were scared and embarrassed and there is the element of blame. How to Cope really drove home that our son is responsible for his decisions.” — Kim

How to Cope helps family members understand how critical it is to take care of themselves and let go of the feelings of shame and guilt. For Dave, this was particularly difficult.The support and guidance they received from their counselor were critical. “I don’t think we could have survived without this program, it was truly a turning point for all of us,” said Dave.

The physical and emotional stress that families experience when a loved one is dealing with addiction can be overwhelming. Kim felt it was particularly helpful in alleviating some of the stress in their marriage.

“You don’t want your kids to struggle and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him…but this program showed me that he had to do this for himself.”

Sam entered treatment at McDonough House, a 28-day residential program, shortly after his parents completed How to Cope and has been in recovery for three years now. How to Cope is a unique program that provides support and direction for change for families impacted by a loved one’s addiction. Through the process of understanding the disease of addiction and constructing a personal plan of action, participants begin to restore balance to their lives.

The next session of How to Cope starts on January 11, 2018, at MCCA, 38 Old Ridgebury Road in Danbury. Each session runs for seven weeks and meets Thursday evenings for two hours. The groups are small and confidential.For more information on How to Cope, go to or call 203-792-4515.