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Support groups

February 19, 2007

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups

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

Sexaholics Anonymous

Weekly meetings in Washington, Frederick and Berkeley counties. This is a 12-step program of recovery for those who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behavior. For information, call 703-866-6929.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland 77 Hagerstown chapter, today, weigh-in at 7:30 a.m., exercise at 8:30 a.m., meeting at 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The group meets every Monday. Visitors are welcome. Call Donna, 301-223-8143; or Pat, 301-791-4909.

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Depression support

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 to 8:50 p.m. Meadowbrook, 18714 North Village Shopping Center. The group is a supportive place to share thoughts, feelings and experiences. There is no cost for the group. The Mental Health Association of Maryland, Washington County Branch, sponsors the group. Advance registration is not required. For questions or more information, call 301-733-0331, ext. 228.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

BOONSBORO - Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street. Tuesday, Feb. 20, weigh-in at 5:30 p.m., meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Lena, 301-432-6526; or Connie, 301-432-5698.

Circle of Hope

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - Feb. 20 through March 27. Hospice of the Panhandle will host a program of information and support for people who are coping with the death of a loved one. The Circle of Hope is a six-week series that includes lecture, discussion and sharing of topics related to grief and healing. There is no cost but prior registration is required. For more information or to register, call Larry Crawley-Woods at 304-267-1870. Registration is closed after the first class.

Divorce Recovery

HALFWAY - Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. St. Joseph's Church. This is a nondenominational group for anyone who is separated, divorced, or in the process of a divorce. For more information, call 301-991-4550 or 301-223-8909.

TOPS

Maryland Chapter 446; Wednesday, Feb. 21; weigh-in at 9 a.m., meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Shiloh United Methodist Church, Shiloh Church Road. TOPS is a nonprofit weight loss organization that offers group support. This chapter features a discussion type of format in addition to the inspirational and educational program. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, call Mary or Tom at 301-797-2547 or go to www.topsmd446.com.

Amyloidosis support

Wednesday, Feb. 21, noon. Bob Evans, 1721 Dual Highway. The group meets for a luncheon and offers empathy, support and fellowship to let others know they are not alone with amyloidosis. For more information, call Elinor at 301-797-7415.

CoDependents Anonymous

Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road. Twelve-step meeting for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The group meets every Thursday. Call Claudia, 301-293-2243; Siri, 240-313-3377; or go to www.coda.org.

Food addiction/eating disorder

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -Thursday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. Otterbein Church Youth Ministry Center, room 102, 900 S. Potomac St. There is no cost. The group is open to anyone struggling with symptoms associated with an eating disorder. Call 717-762-4177.

TOPS

Md. 308 Hagerstown Chapter; Friday, Feb. 23; weigh-in from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. and meeting at 6 p.m. First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call June at 301-582-4821, Marie at 301-824-3245 or Virginia at 301-733-1296.

Celebrate Recovery

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Friday, Feb. 23, 7 to 9 p.m. Otterbein Church Youth Ministry Center, 900 S. Potomac St. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered ministry to help people receive freedom from life's hurts, hang-ups, and habits using 8 principles and 12 steps. Registration required by Thursday, Feb. 22. Fellowship and refreshments from 9 to 10 p.m. Free child-care provided. For more information about Celebrate Recovery or to register for child-care, call the church office at 717-762-7147.

Financial Recovery

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Otterbein Church Youth Ministry Center, 900 S. Potomac St. Learn to manage finances, gain freedom from debts and financial burdens by working to overcome core habits and hang-ups. This group welcomes couples and allows them to work as a team. The cost for the workbook is $16. Call 717-762-4177.

Step Study

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Otterbein Church Youth Ministry Center, 900 S. Potomac St. Participants will work on any struggle or issue that is messing up their lives by working through four participant guidebooks. The cost of books is $6 each or $20 for four. Call 717-762-4177.

How to be with your attitude

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An eight-week program for elementary students. As a child's attitude develops, it can be adversely affected by what happens to them or to other family members. Registration is required. Starts Friday, Feb. 23. Otterbein Church Ministry Center, 912 S. Potomac St. Free. For more information, call 717-762-4177.

TOPS

BIG POOL - Saturday, Feb. 24; weigh-in at 8:30 a.m., meeting at 9 a.m. St. Paul's Church, Tedrick Street. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Ginny at 301-842-2432.

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