How to Cope: Therapeutic, Evidence-Based Techniques for Helping Families & Friends Impacted by a Loved One’s Substance Use


Suzanne Taylor, LCSW

Presentation Description: During this presentation, participants will learn how families and friends are impacted by a loved one’s addiction. They can expect to gain a better understanding of resources available in the Kansas City area and techniques for helping families cope with their loved one’s addiction.


  • Introduce the bio-psychosocial effects of addiction on families
  • Discuss the difference between a family in recovery and a family that is contributing to their loved one’s addiction
  • Identify methods of developing healthy communication, boundary setting and similar tools used to help families and friends detach from the cycle of addiction and shift focus back to caring for themselves


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