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Support groups

November 28, 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 list of meetings in the area.




Bereavement support



A new support group for spouses will begin Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. The group will be led by Eloise Plank, a licensed, certified social worker with years of experience in grief counseling. Free. Also, an ongoing support group for parents who have lost a child of any age meets Mondays at 4 p.m. and is accepting new members. This group is led by Mary Hedges, licensed, clinical social worker. Both groups are free and are sponsored by Rest Haven Funeral Chapel. Call 301-733-3575.




CoDependents anony-mous



Thursday, Dec. 1, 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, or Siri, 240-313-3377; or go to www.coda.org on the Web.

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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)



Maryland Chapter 308, Friday, Dec. 2, 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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