These groups meet regularly.

Alzheimer's Support Group —  First Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. People living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia and their caregivers are invited to attend a free support group led by Dr. Tom Swisher of Bethany Counseling. Includes support, resources, and presentations by health experts. Bethany Counseling, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City. Pre-screening required. Yolanda Wright, 410-561-9099, ext. 208.

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

Caregiver'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.

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. or

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

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

Rise and Grow Women's Support Group — Are you a woman who is transitioning through the end of a marriage or long term relationship? If so, Rise and Grow Women's Support Group invites you to their first gathering April 25, 7 p.m. No matter where you are in the process, you are welcome to join the group of women who share common experiences and feelings. Meetings are safe and confidential. Howard County Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. 301-332-2432.

Together We Thrive — First Saturday, 10 a.m. Patient support group for men and women diagnosed with cancer, where participants can share, explore and be encouraged in a safe environment. Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center, Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858 to register.

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,

These groups meet regularly.

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.

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

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.