Your tool kit (aka The Steps to Cope online intervention) is specifically used to support young people impacted by another family member’s alcohol misuse. The family member misusing alcohol may live with you now, or have lived with you previously, whatever the situation was or is we recognise the impact this can have.
In our steps we use the term ‘parent’ but our 5 steps are written for young people who are affected by any adult who drinks too much alcohol. When we talk about your family member’s alcohol misuse it can mean any amount of alcohol that has a negative impact on you, regardless of the impact it is having on them. The person may drink every day or only sometimes, either way it may bring up difficult feelings, or leave you with worrying questions, make it hard to cope or leave you unsure who you can look to for support. Additionally the words we use may not exactly reflect what is happening in your life but Steps to Cope can still help.
Here is an outline of what each button leads to and what each part covers.
Before you begin: Here we ask you to complete a brief resilience questionnaire. Resilience means your ability to bounce back from difficult situations, and this is what the questionnaire measures. Then it’s on to the actual intervention…
Step 1 Your Story: This is a chance to tell us your story – your thoughts & feelings when you have experienced living with alcohol misuse.
Step 2 Information: Knowing more about what you’re up against will help you understand things more and hopefully reduce your worries.
Step 3 Coping: Here we will look at how you cope, as well as how others have, who have been in similar situations.
Step 4 Support: Here we will help you identify who and what you find supportive.
Step 5 Further Help: When you complete the intervention, we want to make sure you still feel supported and know where you can find more help if you feel you need any. You will also be asked to complete the Resilience Questionnaire a final time. This will allow us to compare the scores and highlight any changes the intervention has had for you.
At all times it is important for you to keep safe, this kind of work can be difficult at times but that is okay, it means it is important for you to talk about.
It is also important that you know how to keep yourself safe, so now is a good time to think about where you could go or who you could call in case of an emergency. Perhaps the person who made you aware of this website can help you with this. Check out our "Planning for emergencies section" and "My Safety Plan" below which can help you prepare for the worst.
NEW! We now have a system to allow you to make private notes between you and the Steps to Cope team.
This is our question button and during the intervention, whenever you are on step pages, you can click it to type in a question. Don't worry it is completely private and between you and us. We will receive a notification and reply privately to you, so if you get stuck, have a thought or a burning question you need answered, use this to send us a message or make a note on the step you are on. You can then access your notes at any stage by clicking the "SEE YOUR PRIVATE NOTES" button.
NEW! We have also created a handy Frequently Asked Questions section. This contains answers to questions we in the Team often get asked and might help you with some queries you might have right now.