Support groups

October 17, 2005

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups

Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., area. This is an anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by a family member or friend's drinking. There are no fees. Call 1-301-663-6626 for a listing of meetings in the area.

Franklin County diabetes support

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Today, 7 p.m., Summit Health Improvement Center, Suite 204 at the center. All persons with diabetes and their families are welcome. Bev Horn, R.N., M.Ed, CDE, will speak on the topic, "Surviving the Holidays." No registration required. Free. This support group is a service of Summit Health. Call 1-717-217-6820.

Well spouse association

FREDERICK, Md. - Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Grace Community Church, 5102 Old National Pike. The group offers emotional support and practical ideas for coping with the stress and demands associated with caring for a chronically ill or disabled spouse or partner. Contact Rebecca Full, 1-301-371-4368; send e-mail to; or go to

Parent/child anger management group

FREDERICK, Md. - Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 to 8 p.m., Families Plus!, 35 E. Church St. Families Plus! presents an anger management group for parents and middle school-age children. Facilitator is Beth Myers, school counselor at Ballenger Creek Elementary School. The course will cover anger management techniques and problem solving skills. Free, but registration is required. Call Families Plus!, 1-301-694-9002; fax 1-301-694-3374; send e-mail to; or go to


TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 446, Wednesday, Oct. 19, weigh-in is 9 to 9:30 a.m., meeting begins at 9:30 a.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown. An inspirational program will be followed by a group discussion. The chapter is holding a Pumpkin Patch Contest. The prize will be presented at the Oct. 26 meeting. It's not too late to join in. The chapter welcomes new members, visitors and guests. Call Mary or Tom at 301-797-2547; or send e-mail to


Wednesday, Oct. 19, 12:30 p.m., Richardson's Restaurant, 710 Dual Highway (U.S. 40), Hagerstown. The group meets for luncheon and offers empathy, support and fellowship to friends, relatives and patients with amyloidosis. For information, call Elinor, 301-797-7415.

Divorce recovery support

FREDERICK, Md. - Four-week series will meet Wednesdays, Oct. 19 and 26, and Nov. 2 and 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Families Plus!, 35 E. Church St. Free. Led by Patrick Hammett, Harper & Associates. The group will focus on separation and divorce, process of loss, and the emotional roller coaster of separation and divorce. He will offer strategies for rebuilding. Participants must register in advance and make the commitment to attend all sessions. The group is closed and limited to 12 participants. To register, call 1-301-694-9002; fax 1-301-694-3374; or send e-mail to

Loyalton of Hagerstown's alzheimer's support

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2 to 3 p.m., Loyalton of Hagerstown, 20009 Rosebank Way, Hagers-town. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public. Family/caregiver support meetings are offered by Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, Western Maryland Region. Call Dorothy Rettig or April Reynolds, 301-733-3353.

CoDependents anonymous

Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. Twelve-step meeting for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The group meets every Thursday. Call Claudia, 1-301-293-2243; Siri, 240-313-3377; or go to on the Web.


Maryland Chapter 308, Friday, Oct. 21, weigh-in from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., program from 6 to 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The group meets every Friday. Guests are invited. Call 301-739-3542 or 1-717-749-3023 for information.

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