Support groups in Howard County


May 24, 2012

These groups meet regularly.

Abusive relationships — Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310, Columbia. Free child care. 410-997-0304.

Adult Children of Alcoholics — Wednesdays, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia; Saturdays, 12:45 p.m., Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. 410-796-4680.

Alcoholics Anonymous — Sundays, 7 p.m. Share experience, strength and hope with each other to solve this common problem and help others to recover. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Bereaved Parents of Baltimore — Monthly sharing groups in Lutherville, Westminster and Columbia. Self-help grief support for parents, grandparents and siblings mourning the loss of a child. Monthly newsletter. 410-321-7053.

Cancer group for young adults — Mondays. Free professionally led support groups for young adults in Columbia affected by cancer. 410-964-0202.

The CARE Center — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Provider of free assistance to Howard County parents in finding services and programs in the community for children and teens. 410-313-2273, or

Caregiver Support Group — Thursdays, 10 a.m. on a semester basis. For friends and family of people with aphasia. Sponsored by the Loyola Clinical Centers, under the auspices of Loyola University Maryland. Loyola Clinical Centers, 410-617-1200 or 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.

Celebrate Recovery — Fridays, 7 p.m. Twelve-step program dealing with addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. Light dinner available before meeting. Child care available. Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Ellicott City. 410-442-5800 or

Chemically Dependent Anonymous — Fridays, 5 p.m. A fellowship of recovering addicts and alcoholics. Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. 1-888-232-4673.

Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance — Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., in Ellicott City. Those living with depression and bipolar disorder, as well as their family and friends are invited. Penny, 410-242-5683; or Dave, 410-465-3486.

Eating disorders — Mondays, 6 p.m., Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia; Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. No weigh-ins.

Emotions Anonymous — Sundays, 4 p.m., at the Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. The group is for women only. Vicky, 301-384-7594.

Fathers — Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. MENS (Men Encouraging Nurturing and Supporting), a life skills parenting program and support group for fathers. Department of Social Service, 7121 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-872-8777.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous — No weigh-ins. Sundays, 8:30-10 a.m. Columbia Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. 781-321-9118.

HIV/AIDS — Monday evenings in Columbia. For meeting location, time and more information, 240-606-3093; or the health department, 410-313-2333 or 1-866-313-6300.

Knitting and Crocheting group — Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Instruction and directions for the beginner and advanced needler. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. Free. 410-740-5858.

Link at Christ Church — Information and referral service. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- noon.

Mocha Moms of Howard County — Every other Friday, 10:30 a.m. A support group for stay-at-home mothers. Locations vary. To attend or for more information, or 301-367-4650 or 240-308-2218.

Narcotics Anonymous — Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. A fellowship of men and women for who drugs had become a major problem. For recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

The National Family Resiliency Center — For children and teens, ages 5-18, whose parents have separated, divorced or remarried. Each age group meets for one 90-minute session per week. Limited sliding fees available. Registration required. Lauren Woodfork or Kathy Helt, 410-740-9553, ext. 200 or

Nicotine Anonymous — Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at the Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia; Sundays, 5:30 p.m. Medical Pavilion at the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. A 12-step fellowship for the smoker who desires to quit and stay free from nicotine. Meetings for individuals who have stopped or have a desire to stop one day. There is no pressure to quit. 410-964-2180 or

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