These groups meet regularly.

ALS Resource support group — First Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Educational support for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) patients, family members and friends. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Conference Room 116B, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 301-978-9855 or http://www.ALSinfo.org.

Care giver's support group — First Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Designed for people who are caring for a loved one with chronic illness and a safe place to air concerns and receive support. Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858 to register.

HIV support group for men and women — First Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Howard County Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-6267.

La Leche League of Columbia — First Friday, 10 a.m. and third Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia; Fourth Friday, 10:30 a.m. at the cafe upstairs at Wegmans; and toddler meetings on varying mornings at 10:15 a.m., in library meeting rooms. Support/help with breast-feeding questions. http://www.lllofmd-de-dc.org/columbia.html.

MOMS Club of Ellicott City-Central — First Wednesday, 10 a.m. Support and social group for at-home moms serving the areas west of New Cut Road, Routes 104 and 108, but south of Route 40 (generally the 21042 and 21043 ZIP codes). First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, near Miller Branch Library. http://www.geocities.com/momsclubofec_central or momsclubofec_central@yahoo.com.

MOPS-Mothers of Preschool Children (through age 5) — First Monday, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, Marriottsville. Speakers, mentor support, play groups and activities. Faye, mops@chapelgate.org.

Near Death Experience — First Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. Main cafeteria, Building No. 1, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 410-531-3330 or http://www.marylandiands.org.

The Patapsco Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends — First Thursday, 7 p.m. Grief support for parents, grandparents, and siblings grieving the loss of a child of any age. St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-356-3374.

Young Widows and Widowers group — First Tuesday, 6:30-9 p.m. A social and support group. Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Barry Rosenblatt, bdrfromec@verizon.net.

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

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.

 

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. http://www.cdaweb.org.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous — Sundays, 8:30 a.m. Information and support for anyone suffering from food addiction, food obsession, obesity, bulimia or under-eating. No fees, no weigh-ins. Community Room, Harper House, 5495 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Barb, 443-851-6634; Sharon, 443-285-2603 or http://www.foodaddicts.org.

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

Marriage: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. A five-week couple's group therapy seminar to improve communication, connection, intimacy and understanding in the relationship. Couples seeking additional help may choose to be placed with a therapist for individual couples counseling upon completion of the group. Rolling group; $250 per couple. 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Suite 209, Columbia. 410-740-8067. http://www.integrative-counseling.com.

Narcotics Anonymous — Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. 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 sales@divorceabc.com.