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Area support groups

November 1, 2011
Shepherdstown Chronicle
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has a statewide, toll-free number for a list of meeting schedules. Call (800) 333-5051, or visit

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Districts 11 and 15, Area 73, holds open meetings for anyone interested in AA programs at various locations in the Panhandle:

Shepherdstown Big Book Study group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Agnes Parish Center, 108 Duke St.

Shepherdstown group meets at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays at New St. Methodist Church.

Scrabble Road group meets at 7 p.m. on Sundays at Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church.

Harpers Ferry Alibi group meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at Mt. Community Center, Mission Road.

Harpers Ferry New Serenity group meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at Mt. Community Center.

Harpers Ferry Grape Seed group meets at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at Mt. Community Center.

Al-Ateen meets at Jefferson Memorial Hospital at 8 p.m. every Friday in the third-floor conference room. Al-Ateen is a program to help children under the age of 18 recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a friend or relative. For more information, call Mary Ford at 728-0709.

Al-Anon meets at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson, every Friday at 8 p.m. in the third-floor classroom.

Al-Anon is a program to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with a loved one or family member’s drinking problem. For more information, call 1-888-4AL-ANON.

A support group for people who have problems and issues relating to food will meet every Tuesday evening at Entler Hotel in Shepherdstown. For more information, call Cathy Polonchak or Sabrina Adams at 876-3022.

Overeaters Anonymous meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at New Street United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown. For information, call Wendy at 876-6130 or Bill at 1 (304) 676-9145. Also in Charles Town, Saturdays at 10 a.m., at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, 3rd floor classroom. For information, call Joanne at 728-2511 or Teri at 728-4832. Also in Martinsburg on Sundays at 5 p.m., at City Hospital in meeting room 1. For information call Ginnie at 274-6114.

Christians Against Substance Abuse, a 12-step support group for those struggling with alcohol, drugs and addiction, will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. The group is open to all denominations. For more information, call 262-8662.

City Hospital’s Alzheimer’s caregiver’s support group offers empathy, assistance and education to caregivers. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in City Hospital’s fourth-floor Transitional Care Unit. For more information, call 264-1DOC.

La Leche League of Jefferson County meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. Members welcome all women and babies interested in learning more about nursing and mothering. For more information, call the La Leche League Leaders: Laurie at 876-6181, Tiffany at 728-4068, Mendy at 260-0456 or Sheila at 1 (301) 432-4062.

Cancer patients, survivors, families and friends meet the second Wednesday of each month to learn about cancer and related topics, as well as, to offer encouragement and support to all. The meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Dorothy A. McCormack Center second-floor conference room of City Hospital. For more information, call 264-1DOC.

Jefferson Memorial Hospital’s Diabetic/Cardiac Healthy Lifestyles support group meets the last Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the third-floor classroom in Ranson.

A diabetes support group for individuals with diabetes, their families and friends is hosted by City Hospital on the third Monday of every month. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Hospital’s Meeting Room 1. The group provides encouragement, education, the latest information on research and much more for individuals who face the daily challenges of living with diabetes. For more information, call 264-1DOC.

A children with diabetes support group is offered by City Hospital at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of every month to help children with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The meeting is designed so that children and their families can address their concerns, discuss issues and support each other. For more information, call 264-1383.

Narcotics Anonymous has several area meeting times, dates and places. For more information, call 1-800-777-1515. Helpline Beeper is 1-800-733-9950, pager No. 069.

Fresh Start Ministry, a program for alcohol, drug and other addictions, meets from 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at the Sylvannah Baptist Church in Rippon. For more information, call 262-8787.

Gamblers Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church, side chapel, corner of German and Church streets, Shepherdstown. Enter on Church street. For more information, 876-8491, leave message if unavailable.

A parents support group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Hospice of the Panhandle office. This group will offer support for those who have lost a child. For more information, call Larry Crawley-Woods at 264-0406.

A suicide survivors support group
will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Hospice office. For more information, call Larry Crawley-Woods at 264-0406.

Mended Hearts, a support group, for those who have had heart surgery or have a chronic heart condition, meets on the second Monday of each month to discuss nutrition, exercise and other daily living activities. Meetings are held in City Hospital’s meeting room 1 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 264-1DOC.

Grief support groups are offered by Hospice of the Panhandle on a weekly and monthly basis. Offerings include groups for people who have lost a spouse, a parent or sibling, groups for people whose loved-ones committed suicide or were murdered, and groups for parents who have lost a child. For dates and times, call Larry Crawley-Woods at 264-0406 or 1-800-345-6538.

Coping with Challenges
support group meets every other Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the conference room at War Memorial Hospital. This group was created for patients, family members and care providers of people who have experienced lifestyle changes as a result of health problems. For more information, call Beth Layman at 258-6509.

NAMI Eastern Panhandle, a support group for people with mental illness and their families, meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 220 W. Martin St., Martinsburg.

A multiple sclerosis support group, sponsored by City Hospital, meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy A. McCormack Center’s third-floor conference room. For more information, call 264-1214.


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