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Learn to Cope is a peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery

If your loved one is using...

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Meeting Notes:

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak Learn to Cope is offering virtual online support group meetings for anyone who has a loved one with substance use disorder or in recovery. Please contact our office or a member of our team for more information on joining a meeting.  Please visit the ‘contact’ page for more information. Stay Strong!


**Coronavirus Update: Due to concerns associated with the Coronavirus and under the guidance of Governor Baker and the Department of Public Health, all  Learn to Cope meetings are postponed until further notice. Please contact our office or a member of our team for information on our virtual meetings. Stay Connected! Please check our website and Facebook page for updates.  As always, our office staff will be available for questions at (508) 738-5148. For 24/7 peer-support please visit our private discussion board.**


Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.

Founded by Joanne Peterson in 2004, the organization has grown to include over 10,000 members, and has become a nationally recognized model for peer support and prevention programming.

You can call our office at : (508) 738-5148 to speak to one of the staff.



Every chapter of Learn to Cope holds weekly meetings run by experienced facilitators who have been there. These meetings offer support, education, resources, and most importantly HOPE for recovery.


Many people have mistaken beliefs about drug addiction and recovery. Two of the most pervasive myths are that a person can get off drugs alone and that most addicts can become permanently drug-free


We host an online support forum for families, friends, and loved ones who are dealing with someone in their lives who is struggling with addiction.  The forum requires registration and is moderated.

Our Story

Joanne Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network which began in 2004. Joanne’s journey started as a young girl with siblings experiencing issues with mental illness and addiction. After years of watching family members struggle with opioid addiction starting with prescriptions, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change. She designed LTC to offer families the support, education, resources, and hope that her family would have benefited from.


“We learned about Narcan through attending a Learn to Cope meeting almost 3 years ago. Little did we know that we had to use it two months later when we found our son unresponsive in his bedroom due to an opiate overdose. Thanks to Narcan we were able to rescue our son from what might have been a fatal overdose. We strongly advise that every person who knows a person struggling with opiate addiction to seek access and get training on how to use Narcan.”

Martin and Brigitte

Learn to Cope Brockton Parents

“I was just thinking on my lunch break about what makes Learn to Cope different. It is the acknowledgement that as a parent, there is a multi-faceted effect on us when we are dealing with an addicted child. Understanding what we are doing to enable—and how to detach —empowers us and helps us see the things we are doing that contribute to
the continued progression of addiction. As parents with sick children of any sort, we are compelled by nature to educate ourselves about what ails our children. We are compelled by nature to learn about cures and/or treatments for our sick children. We are compelled to care about other people’s children falling victim to such devastation. By nature we are not able to leave a sick child flailing without learning about where, how, and if they can be treated. We may not be able to make them better, but we are compelled to learn how they might get better.”

Mother and Learn to Cope member

Support Learn to Cope

Learn To Cope is a registered 5013C non profit organization.  Donations are what allow us to continue the essential work that we do.  Please help support LTC with your donation by using the link below.

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