Support groups

August 13, 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. Call 301-663-6626.

Sexaholics Anonymous

Sexaholics Anonymous is a 12-step program of recovery for those who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behavior. Weekly meetings in Washington, Frederick and Berkeley Counties. Call 703-866-6929 and leave a message and a time when you can be reached in person.

Pure Grace 101

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A post-abortion recovery group, is taking confidential registrations for their fall session in the Chambersburg area. If you or someone you know is struggling with issues of shame, guilt and regret from a past abortion or abortions, call Pat Wingert at 717-372-2845, or e-mail for more information. All contacts are strictly confidential. Pure Grace 101 is a ministry outreach of PMI Pregnancy Resource Center and Pregnancy Ministries, Inc.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Md. 77

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. Call Donna, 301-223-8143.

TOPS Md. 449

Wednesday, Aug. 15, weigh-in at 11 a.m., meeting at 11:30 a.m., Hagerstown YMCA. All visitors are welcome. Call Carol Bachtell, 301-824-7683.

Adoption support

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. Diakon Adoption Services holds monthly support groups throughout Maryland for families who have adopted children, are waiting to adopt, or are interested in possibly becoming foster and/or adoptive parents. Open to anyone interested in adoption. Light refreshments and childcare available. Call Kristy Caceres, 877-342-5667, option 4, or e-mail to register.

TOPS Md. 454

WILLIAMSPORT - Tuesday, Aug. 14, weigh-in at 10:15 a.m., meeting at 11 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. The group enjoys beneficial programs and discussions. Visitors are welcome. Call Stephanie, 301-223-6739, or Linda, 301-223-7010.

Amyloidosis support

Wednesday, Aug. 15, noon, Bob Evans restaurant, 1721 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. The group meets for a luncheon offering empathy, support and fellowship to let others know they are not alone with amyloidosis. Call Elinor, 301-797-7415.

Codependents anonymous

Thursday, Aug. 16, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. Twelve-step program for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Call Claudia, 301-293-2243; or Siri, 240-313-3377, or go to

TOPS Md. 308

Friday, Aug. 17, weigh-in at 4:45 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. Visitors are welcome. Call June, 301-582-4821; Marie, 301-824-3245; or Virginia, 301-733-1296.

Turning Points

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Sunday, Aug. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Lutheran Home Care Services conference room, 1/2 mile south of Chambersburg Mall on Pa. 997. This group is open to any adult who has experienced a loss and who wants to learn more about the grieving process in a supportive atmosphere. Call Kim McCurdy, bereavement coordinator, 717-217-3527, or 800-840-9081.

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