Support groups

August 24, 2009

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Washington County area. If you think you have a problem with alcohol, go to, or call 301-733-1109. Press 0 to talk to a person.

Nicotine Anonymous

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m. Hagerstown Presbyterian Church, corner of South Prospect and Washington streets, Hagerstown. If arriving after 6 p.m., ring bell. For information, call Bev at 240-310-4627 or e-mail Ellen at

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Md. 77

Today, weigh-in at 7:15 a.m., exercise at 8:30, meeting at 9:30, First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. Call Donna at 301-223-8143 or Patsy at 301-582-2292.


TOPS Md. 446

Wednesday, Aug. 26, weigh-in at 8:45 a.m., meeting 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown.

Concerned persons

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Behavioral Health Services, 24 Walnut St., Hagerstown. For people lost or confused because of a loved one's addiction or substance abuse problem. Call 301-766-7600.

Codependents Anonymous

Thursday, Aug. 27, 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. For more information, call Claudia at 301-293-2243 or go to

Celebrate Recovery Hagerstown

Friday, Aug. 28, dinner at 6 p.m., meeting 7 to 9 p.m. Zion United Church of Christ, 201 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. This is a Christ-centered recovery program based on the 12 steps and eight recovery principles of the Beatitudes. Call 301-393-4377, or go to

Grandparents/relatives as caregivers

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Washington County Commission on Aging, 140 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Six-week series for grandparents and other relatives who are the main caregivers of children. Bring a friend or neighbor. For information call Ruth Brown at 301-790-0275, ext. 205, or Linda Crone at ext. 210.

Pure Grace 101

A post-abortion recovery group is currently taking confidential registrations for their fall session beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Greencastle, Pa., 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, 717-372-2845, or e-mail

All contacts are confidential. The 11-week Bible study groups are free, but registration is required. Pure Grace 101 is a ministry outreach of PMI Pregnancy Resource Center and Pregnancy Ministries Inc.

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