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.
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 http://www.loyola.edu/clinical-centers. 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.
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.
Christian Science Society — Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Do you have problems you can't seem to solve on your own? Local members meet to hear inspirational readings and share with each other the ways they have sought – and found – solutions. Amherst House in King's Contrivance Village Center. firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-564-6920. All are welcome. Free.
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 health department, 410-313-2333 or 1-866-313-6300.
Moms Group at MPB Group Inc. — Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Topics discussed will be parenting skills, stress reduction, self-care and more. This is also a time to socialize and get to know other mothers in the area. The Banneker Building, 5840 Banneker Road, Suite 270, Columbia. 410-730-2385. Maryland Medicaid accepted, all others $35.
Narcotics Anonymous — Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. A fellowship of men and women for whom 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.
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 http://www.nicamar.homestead.com.
Parkinson support group — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-776-3426.
Postpartum Support Group — Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m. Held at Montgomery General Hospital, in Olney. Free, drop-in, but must register before attending, 301-774-8881.
Quit Smoking Today — Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. A four-week program at the Howard County Health Department; Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m. Physical evaluation for medical support. By appointment only; and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. Walk-in clinic at the Howard County Health Department for a one-on-one counseling session with a tobacco treatment specialist. 410-313-6265.
Recovery from Abusive or Destructive Relationships (RADAR) — Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. A 12-step support group for women who have been damaged either physically, psychologically or emotionally due to a dangerous relationship. The Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. Kel, 443-758-5957, or Kelly, 410-747-2142.
Single Again Support Group — Mondays, 7 p.m. For adults who are experiencing the loss of a spouse or significant other through separation or divorce. Non-denominational, professionally-led. First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. 410-721-0992 or http://www.changingfocus.org.
Smart Recovery — Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Free meetings focused on how to abstain from any type of addictive behavior. Kolmac Clinic, Century Plaza, Bldg. 2000, Suite 410, 10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia.
The Serenity Center — Improve the quality of your life through a variety of 12-step fellowship groups that meet weekly. 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. serenitycenter.homestead.com or 410-884-6088 for meeting schedules.
Yes, My Kid —– Mondays, 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church in Fulton; and Wednesdays, 6:45 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville. Support for parents or loved ones of those with substance abuse or addiction issues. 301-237-4086.
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