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Support groups

December 01, 2008

Al-Anon/Alateen family groups



Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., area. An anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by a family member's or friend's drinking. No fees. Call 301-663-6626 for a list of meetings in the area.

Alcoholics Anonymous



Washington County area. If you think you have a problem with alcohol go to www.hagerstownaa.org or call 301-733-1109.  Press '0' to reach a live person or follow the prompts for meeting times and locations.

Fibromyalgia



Monday, Dec. 1, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Integrative Medicine Center, 1140 Professional Court, Hagerstown. Open to the general public. Call 240-420-8625 for reservations because seating is limited.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Md. 77



Monday, Dec. 1, weigh-in at 7:30 a.m., exercise at 8:30, meeting at 9:30, First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. All visitors are welcome. Call Donna, 301-223-8143.

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Stop smoking



Mondays and Thursdays, Dec. 1 through Thursday, Dec. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Frederick County Health Department, 350 Montevue Lane, entrance D, room 2-139. Topics include nicotine addiction, preparing to quit, behavior modification, coping with withdrawal, relapse prevention and free nicotine patches. A weekly support group also meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. To register, call 301-600-3289, or e-mail jbyrd@fredco-md.net.

Overeaters Anonymous



Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Walnut Street Community Health Center conference room, 24 N. Walnut St., Hagerstown. Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals recovering from compulsive overeating. Meets weekly at various locations around Washington and Frederick Counties. Call 301-694-3554 or visit www.frederickregionoa.org for other times and locations.

National Alliance on Mental Illness



Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue. The group's focus is to educate and inform residents of Washington County about mental illness and to support individuals with mental illness and their caregivers. Call 301-824-7725.

Grandparents as caregivers



Tuesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, 140 W. Franklin St., 4th floor, Hagerstown. The group offers support and education to grandparents who are the main caregiver of their grandchildren. The week's topic will be financial planning. RSVP by today. Call Ruth Brown, 301-790-0275, ext. 205, or Linda Crone, ext. 210.

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