How to Cope helps families with addiction

How to Cope was launched a little more than a year ago in Ridgefield to provide support for family members impacted by addiction. Since then nearly 40 families have participated.

“The feedback from family members has been overwhelming positive with 80% of the participants reporting that the addicted family member had gotten into treatment and was working on recovery since they completed the program,” said Lee Bodkin of MCCA, the sponsor.

“When a family member or loved one is addicted, it puts tremendous stress on every one,” Ms. Bodkin said. “Adding to the stress is the embarrassment and shame that often keeps people from seeking help. When families begin to understand that addiction is a disease, they are able to start the recovery process for themselves. And when this happens, the addicted person often starts to change their behavior.”

Because the groups are small and confidential, participants are free to open up and share with each other. There are seven focused sessions run by a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in treating addiction. A free reunion group meets monthly for those who have done the program.

The next sessions of How to Cope starts on June 19 in Ridgefield. For more information call 203-456-0528 or go to

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