Steps to Cope is designed to support you if someone in your family 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 cannot stop your family member from drinking, we can help you to take better care of yourself, which may help you feel better. We hope that by doing this work, you will realise you are an incredible person with lots of good points and strengths, and this will hopefully help you learn how to be able to take better care of yourself.
Steps to Cope can help you in a number of ways.
Firstly, on this website. Our online intervention 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. To register for a User Account you will need an email address and access to a mobile phone (to receive an account activation code). 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 phone us on 08002545123 to arrange an appointment with a trained Steps to Cope Worker.
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 these and other professionals like them how to use Steps to Cope to help you when you need it, so hopefully, more young people will be able to find help and support easily when faced with these types of challenges within families.
Although much of the information on this site was originally developed to support young people affected by parental alcohol misuse, we have decided to expand our work as Steps to Cope was also originally designed to support young people impacted not only by a family member’s alcohol misuse but also drug misuse or mental health problems as well. As such we have also decided to provide information on what young people may face, either on their own or alongside alcohol misuse in the family.
These can include:
1. A family member’s mental health problems
2. A family member’s drug use
3. Young people who are struggling with their own substance misuse
4. Young people who whose circumstances have changed e.g. they are in foster care, but who are still affected by issues from their childhood.