What is Steps to Cope?
Steps to Cope is designed to support you if you have a parent who drinks too much alcohol. It will help you to talk about what life is like for you in that situation, answer any questions you may have, look at how you cope and what things might help you to feel better about your situation, see what supports you have in your life and what additional supports you may like or need to stay safe.
Although we can’t stop your parent from drinking, we can help you to take better care of yourself, which may help you to feel better. We hope that by doing this work, that you will realise that you are an incredible person with lots of good points and strengths, and that that will help you to take better care of yourself.
We can help you in a number of ways.
Firstly, on this website. This website has been created especially for young people who have a parent who drinks too much alcohol. If you sign up for a User Account, you will get access to information and the 5 steps that make up Steps to Cope. Registering for a User Account will also grant you access to the forum where you can post questions or comments to other young people.
However, we realise that some people would prefer to talk face to face, so we can do that too. If you would like to speak to a Steps to Cope worker directly, you can click here, or alternatively phone us on 08002545123.
Although this is a service for young people, we also know that sometimes there can be a lot of adults that you see on a regular basis, like teachers, social workers or youth workers. Steps to Cope is also working very hard to help these types of adults to understand how difficult it can be to grow up with a parent who drinks too much alcohol, so that they can help you too. To do this we are teaching them how to use Steps to Cope to help you when you need it, so that hopefully, more young people will be able to find help and support easily.