Support groups

August 18, 2008

Al-Anon/Alateen family groups

An anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by the drinking of a family member or friend. Call 301-663-6626.

Early stage memory loss

A young onset/early stage memory loss discussion group is forming in Hagerstown. This group is for people with early-onset dementia and early memory loss and is targeted at families. Prescreening is required. Call Cathy Hanson, 301-696-0315.

Spinal cord injury

Monday, Aug. 18. This group is for individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury and are adjusting to their disabilities. For time and location, call 301-714-4070.


Wednesday, Aug. 20, noon, Bob Evans, 1721 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. The group meets for a luncheon and gives empathy and support to let others know they are not alone with this disease. Call Elinor Smith, 301-797-7415.



Wednesday, Aug. 20. This is a prostate cancer education and support group sponsored by the Urological Center PA, WCHS and the American Cancer Society. Call 301-733-0022.

Support for loved ones of addicts

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 6 to 7 p.m., H.W. Murphy Community Center, Walnut Street, Hagerstown. This group offers support for the loved ones of individuals with an addiction or substance abuse problem. Call 301-766-7600.


Wednesday, Aug. 20. The Hope for the Journey bereavement support group offers grief recovery support for families or friends who have lost loved ones at Washington County Hospital. For time and location, call 301-790-8614.

Bariatric surgery support

Wednesday, Aug. 20. This group is for anyone interested in learning about bariatric surgery as well as anyone who has already had bariatric surgery. Call the Weight Loss Clinic at Robinwood, 301-714-4044.

Codependents Anonymous

Thursday, Aug. 21, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. This is a 12-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

Alzheimer's family and caregivers

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2 to 3 p.m., Loyalton, 20009 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown. Light refreshments will be served. Caregiving is available with advance notice. Call April Reynolds, 301-733-3353.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Md. 308

Friday, Aug. 22, weigh-in from 4:45 to 5:45, meeting at 6 p.m. First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. Call June, 301-582-4821, Marie, 301-824-3245, or Virginia, 301-733-1296.

Breast-feeding support

Friday, Aug. 22. This group is for pregnant women planning to breast-feed and mothers who breast-feed. For time and location, call 301-790-8530.

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