Area support groups
Al-Anon and Alateen are simple and positive 12-step programs that work for those with family members or friends who have drinking problems or are alcoholics. There is help! Meetings are at 8 p.m. Tuesday nights at St. James Episcopal Church at 422 Church St. in Union City. For more information, call 885-3039 or 335-3228.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Union City are open to anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. Meetings are held 5:30 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays at St. James Episcopal Church, where the rear entrance is on Exchange Street. These are closed meetings. Open meetings are held 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Fridays at St. James Episcopal Church. Closed meetings are for alcoholics and addicts only. Open meetings are for anyone interested in attending.
Alzheimer’s Support Group is meeting at Reelfoot Manor in Tiptonville at 1034 Reelfoot St. the first Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. Support coordinator is the manor’s social services director Alisha Bargery. For more info., contact her at (731) 253-6681. Caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s are invited to attend.
Amputee Support Group will meet in the fourth floor rehab gym at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The sessions are open to amputees, their families and friends. For more info., call William Pulley at (731) 425-5237.
Anchor House is a half-way house for men coming out of alcohol or drug treatment programs. Limited to six men, the home is in a rural setting outside Union City and offers a supervised living environment. Food and board are provided for a low cost by this non-profit organization. For more info., call 885-9004.
Brain Injury Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. For information, call Julie Gurley at 1 (888) 425-6930.
Breastfeeding 101 meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Women’s Wellness Center lobby at Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton. There is a minimal cost. Call Cathy McDonald, patient education coordinator, at 1 (270) 472-1612.
Cancer Support Group, a support group open to all cancer patients, meets the fourth Friday of each month. Those attending may enjoy a dutch treat luncheon. For information, call Allyson Thompson at 885-3158. The Women’s Cancer Support Group is no longer meeting independently, but all former members and all breast cancer patients are welcome in this new group, according to organizers.
CASA/Lifeline is a support group with a Christian perspective, relying on anonymity, for those with addictions. The group meets Fridays at 6 p.m. Call (731) 225-8604 for information.
Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step, Christ-centered recovery program at Ridgely First Baptist Church. For info., call (731) 264-5972 or (731) 343-0862. The program is for anyone battling an addiction, a habit or hang-up.
Cocaine Anonymous (Tenn. location) is a 12-step recovery program open to anyone who has a desire to stop using cocaine or any mood-mind altering substance. Meetings are held each Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Casey/Johnson Community Center, located at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Greenwood Street in Union City.
Cocaine Anonymous (Ky. location) fellowship has temporarily changed its meeting location to First Church of God at 405 West Main St. in Hickman, Ky. Meetings are 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may solve their common problem and help others recover from addiction. Anyone who has the desire to stop using cocaine and other mind-altering substances is encouraged to attend. For more info., call (270) 236-1792 to speak to a female spokesman for the group or (270) 236-2400 to speak to a male representative. These sessions are smoke-free.
Codependents Anonymous meetings are held Fridays at 2 p.m. at the Fulton Counseling Center at 309 North College St. For more info., call (270) 472-3678.
Communications Disorders Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at West Tennessee Rehabilitation Center on the fourth floor of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. For info., call Anita Roark toll free at 1 (888) 425-6930.
COPE (Comforting Other People Emotionally) is a support group aimed at helping people deal with the gamit of emotions brought on by the suicide of a friend or family member. The group meets at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Rives. For more info., contact Jimmy Brown or Judy Brown at 536-0443 or 536-5596 or call Julie Griffin at 536-4437.
Diabetes Education and Support Program is for individuals who want to know more about their disease and how to enhance their health and well being. The group will meet at Parkway Regional Hospital Fulton each month. For info., call Lori Davis at 1 (270) 472-2522.
Dyersburg Diabetic Support Group meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m. in the ground floor classroom of Methodist Hospital of Dyersburg. All meetings are free and open to all who are interested.
Epilepsy Foundation of West Tennessee has a free line for on-going services, 1 (888) 287-3370.
Fibromyalgia Support Group is open to anyone interested in Fibromyalgia Syndrome. The meetings are at the outpatient building on the Healthsouth Cane Creek campus in Martin. For more info., call Lorrie Frazier or Kellie Harris at 1 (731) 587-4231, ext. 516.
Gamblers Anonymous meets every Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. in the parlor of Martin First United Methodist Church.
Grief Support Group meets monthly at Parkway Regional Hospital conference room in Fulton. For info., call Lori Davis at (270) 472-2522.
Halo of Love Parents’ Support Group is open to parents only who have had a child die and meets 7 p.m. monthly at Methodist Healthcare Volunteer General Hospital in Martin. For more information, call Peggy Rainone at 1 (731) 587-4847.
Hope, a self-help support group for those suffering from depression, anxiety and/or panic attacks will meet in the conference room at Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Meetings are open to all who suffer from either or both disorders. Friends and family members are welcome to attend as well, organizers say. For more info. or to attend, send your name and address to P.O. Box 104, Water Valley, Ky., 42085. All requests for information will be answered, organizers say. Call Jan Robinson at 1 (270) 355-9846.
Human Beings Care Support Groups offer services to 20 rural counties in West Tennessee. For additional information, call Michael Bostian at 1 (800) 562-3383. Among the meetings offered are Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Meetings for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. These meetings are each Sunday at 4 p.m. at 794 West Forest Ave. in Jackson.
Kenn-Tenn Supporters is a support group for those who are depressed or who have been diagnosed with a mood disorder, such as manic depression. The group shares experiences, feelings and stories to help others and learn from each other. It is open to those from 10 years old to adults and all information shared is confidential. Occasionally the group entertains special guest speakers. Refreshments are provided. For more info. about meetings, call (731) 479-0689 or Email questions to email@example.com. For a reply from the Email, put SUPPORT in the subject box.
La Leche League International meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Martin at First United Methodist Church education annex on Main and McComb streets. For more info., or for answers to breastfeeding questions, call LLLI leader Sandy Davis at (731) 587-9134.
Life After Stroke Support Group meets at Health South Cane Creek in Martin and is open to anyone affected by a stroke. For info., call Jennifer Beard at 1 (731) 587-4231.
Man to Man Support Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, offers free and confidential support to men with prostate cancer and their families. Quarterly meetings are held at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City in the cafeteria conference room. Meetings will be held on a quarterly basis in February (beginning Feb. 12), May, August and November at 6:30 p.m. Call 885-1413 for more information. For reservations, call 884-8750.
NAMI-FULTON, a support group for families dealing with neurobiological brain diseases, such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia or ADD, ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD or other emotional disorders, meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 7 p.m. at Fulton Public Library. For more information, call Paula Singleton at (270) 627-2284 or (270) 472-1898.
NAMI-MARTIN, a support group for families dealing with neurobiological brain diseases, such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia or ADD, ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD or other emotional disorders, meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Weldon Public Library at Lindell and Main Streets in Martin. For more info., call (731) 587-4184, (731) 514-5037, 536-5623 for Jack Leach, (731) 587-6264 or 731 (587)-3737 for Debbie Anderson.
Narconon is a non-profit public benefit organization which helps people with drug addictions. For more info., call (800) 556-8885.
Narcotics Anonymous meets 5:30 p.m. each Sunday and 8 p.m. each Tuesday at New Horizons in Fulton. These meetings are open to anyone who has a desire to stop using drugs. For more info., call 1 (731) 446-9302 or 885-8006. Narcotics Anonymous also meets ever day at noon and 7 p.m. at 207 North Second St. in Union City. Call 446-6270 for more information.
The National Federation of the Blind Reelfoot Chapter meets in this area. For more information, call 536-4341 or 885-1132.
Northwest Safeline sponsors weekly support group meetings on Tuesday afternoons in Obion County for victims of domestic violence. The purpose of the meetings will be to allow those who have lived and suffered in abusive situations to begin to recover by talking about their experiences with others, according to a spokesman. For more info., call 1 (731) 285-6470 or use the toll-free crisis line, 1 (800) 957-0055, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Pulmonary Support Group, open to anyone affected by respiratory issues, meets one Tuesday a month at 3 p.m. at Cane Creek’s clubhouse or inpatient dining room. For info., call Lori Manley at 1 (731) 587-4231.
Quiet Place Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-12:30 at Martin First Assembly of God, located on the bypass at Mount Pelia Road. The group is open to those who are caregivers for someone with Alzheimers or other memory disorders. For more info., call Donna Hazlewood at (731) 587-2663 or Dorothy Olson at (731) 588-1419.
Reformers Unanimous is an addictions program that is open every Friday night from 7:30-9 at Union City Baptist Temple. Call 885-1191 for more information.
Stroke Support Group will meet 3-4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the inpatient therapy gym at HealthSouth Cane Creek Rehabilitation Center in Martin. For more info. about these once a month meetings, call Jennifer Beard at 1 (731) 587-4231.
Sunrise Grief Support Groups meet in several locations throughout West Tennessee. The Grief Support Group for Widows meets each Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the old high school at 230 North Fifth St. in Selmer.
For more info., contact Don Harold Lawrence, Director of SUNRISE, 147 Abernathy Drive, Adamsville, TN 38310 or call 1 (731) 632-4483.
Sunrise Outreach Center offers support services to anyone 18 years old or older receiving mental health services now or in the past. The program provides socialization, education, support and lots of fun. Hours are Tuesdays through Fri-days from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The center is located at 110 East Church St. in Union City. Transportation is available. Call 884-1549 or 885-8810 for more information.
Support Group for Families and Friends of Those with HIV/AIDS is 7 p.m. each second and fourth Monday at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
The Support Group for Those with HIV/AIDS meets 7 p.m. every two weeks. For locations, call 1 (800) 562-3383.
Way of Life, a new fellowship of men and women who have the desire to stop using cocaine and all mind-altering substances, has begun. Meetings at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays at the Hickman (Ky.) Public Library are open to anyone in need of such help. For more info., call (270) 236-2400 or (270) 236-1792.
Published in The Messenger 2.6.08