Joanne Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn2Cope.

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 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.

Ms. Peterson’s personal journey started when she was a young girl, as her siblings experienced issues with addiction. Years later, when Ms. Peterson discovered that her son’s experimentation with prescription drugs had led to an opioid addiction, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change.

Learn to Cope has grown to have a full staff who collaborate with communities across the state, spreading messages of prevention, education, awareness, and advocacy. They have 25 chapters throughout Massachusetts, a chapter in Florida, and a private, online forum that supports over 11,000 members. In each of these branches, families receive unique support and education from professionals and peers.