Support groups

November 30, 2009

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 or call 301-733-1109.  Press zero to reach a live person or follow the prompts for meeting times and locations.


Monday, Nov. 30, 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
(TOPS) Md. 77

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


Stop smoking

Mondays and Thursdays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Frederick County Health Department, 350 Montevue Lane, entrance D, room 2-139. Topics covered 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

Overeaters Anonymous

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. Walnut Street Community Health Center, 24 N. Walnut St., Hagerstown. For individuals recovering from compulsive eating. Group meets weekly at various other locations in Washington, Frederick, Berkeley and Jefferson counties. Call 301-694-3554 or go to

National Alliance
on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown. Call 301-824-7725.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly
(TOPS) Md. 446

Wednesday, Dec. 2, weigh-in at 8:45 a.m., meeting 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown. Call 301-797-2547.

Grandparents as caregivers

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, 140 W. Franklin St., fourth floor, Hagerstown. The group offers support and education to grandparents who are primary caregivers for their grandchildren. This week's topic will be financial planning. RSVP by today; call Ruth Brown, 301-790-0275, ext. 205, or Linda Crone, ext. 210.

Concerned persons

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m., Behavioral Health Services, 24 N. Walnut St., Hagerstown. For those who care about someone who suffers from addiction. Call 301-766-7600.

Celebrate Recovery

Friday, Dec. 4, 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.

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