Aim. To describe the specifics of coping with an alcoholic family crisis caused by the removal of a cMethodology. The article analyzes strategies of coping behavior of mothers and children from alcoholic families in connection with the peculiarities of going through the crisis and the specifics of family relationships. The research uses empirical methods (conversation, survey, projective drawing), methods of statistical analysis and interpretation of results.Results. The article shows the similarity of the response of mothers and children in a crisis: the lack of adequate actions, the predominance of emotionally-oriented behavior, self-blame and aggression. Connections of coping behavior with predominance of uncertainty in the ways to bring up children, excessive demands, preference for childish qualities in the child are noticed in the mother-child relations.Research implications. The results of the study contribute to the improving the practice of helping families in crisis.