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

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Note: Brockton, Plymouth and Cambridge will NOT be meeting tonight May 30, due to the holiday. Franklin WILL still meet.


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 7000 members as of August 2015, 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.


Tonight’s Meetings


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 maintain a partial list of regional treatment facilities in the Massachusetts and Florida areas. Please note that this list is not meant to be a complete overview and there is a shortage of adolescence treatment options.


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

I founded Learn to Cope in 2004 out of desperation to help my son. Learn to Cope is a support organization that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opioids or other drugs. I designed Learn to Cope to offer others the support and resources that I would have benefited from when my family was in crisis. Today my son is in long-term recovery so there is hope, and I want families to have the support I struggled to find in the beginning of my family’s journey.


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Rally to Recovery – Fundraiser August 13th 2016

Help Massachusetts Families Rally to Recovery!

Rally 2 Recovery is a 40 mile motorcycle ride to raise awareness about opioid addiction. The rally will tour through parts of central Massachusetts that have been hit hard by the current opioid epidemic. The ride is scheduled for August 13th of 2016.

Rally 2 Recovery’s mission is to help raise awareness about opioid addiction and help Learn 2 Cope raise money for outreach through its education and support groups.

Rally 2 Recovery needs your help! Making the rally a success requires that we raise funds for logistics; public relations, insurance and police details. All money raised for the rally will go directly to this project and to Learn 2 Cope.






Governor Baker Signs Step Act Bill

Today was an emotional day at the state house. Nancy McDonald Holler and I stood together as we have for many years and watched Governor Baker sign the step act bill which will most certainly make a difference in this epidemic! Janis Coulson McGrory spoke in honor of her beautiful Liz who passed 5 years ago. Nancy and I stood there and talked of all the years of our advocating, over 12 years and FINALLY this day has come. So many more speaking today and sadly this epidemic is worse than ever but today was HOPE. There is much more to be done, and things must be implemented and put in place but today was a huge step, a ray of hope that maybe we will finally see a light and an end to this tunnel of madness.

Joanne Peterson (via facebook)

The links below are to copies of the Bill and related documents:






“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 isthe 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

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