These groups meet regularly.

Bereavement Support Group — Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. This group is for adults who are mourning the loss of a loved one. All are welcome. St. Francis of Assisi Church, 8300 Old Columbia Road, Fulton. 410-792-0470 or parishnurse@instrumentofpeace.org.


Family support group — Fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m. For family and friends of adults with mental illness. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City. 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.

Family Members of an Adult or Teen with a Mental Illness — Fourth Friday, 7-8:30 p.m. Spanish-speaking group. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/howardcounty.

La Leche League of Columbia — Fourth Friday, 10:30 a.m. at the cafe upstairs at Wegmans; first Friday, 10 a.m., and third Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia; 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.

Living with Cancer Support Group — Fourth Thursday, 7 p.m. Designed to meet the needs of men and women with State IV or metastatic diseases and their care givers. A safe and welcoming place providing encouragement, support and education. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-964-9100, Ext. 5 to register.

Mental Illness — Last Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. 410-772-9300.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) — Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Support group for parents of transgender and gender nonconforming children. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Rise and Grow Women's Support Group — Second and fourth Fridays. Are you a woman who is transitioning through the end of a marriage or long-term relationship? 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.

Sickle Cell Disease Support Group — Fourth Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Meets in Howard County General Hospital, Classroom A. (Upon arrival, check information board for any change of location.) 410-465-4822.

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. 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.

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 smokers desiring to quit. 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.

Rebuilders separation and divorce — Mondays, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Find help and experience healing while going through separation or divorce. DivorceCare for Kids (ages 5-12) will meet at the same time. Child care is provided for children 5 and younger. Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Ellicott City. 410-442-5800 or http://www.chapelgate.org.

Recovery from Abusive or Destructive Relationships (RADAR) — Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. A 12-step support group for women who have been physically, psychologically or emotionally damaged by a dangerous relationship. The Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. Kel, 443-758-5957; or Kelly, 410-747-2142.

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, Suite 410, 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, 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.

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Groups must be open to the public; priority will be given to those that meet in Howard County. Send information to: Support Groups, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Targeted Print, 501 N. Calvert St., Third Floor, Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-332-6495; or email hccalendar@tribune.com.