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.
American Cancer Society is headquartered at 2935 U.S. Highway 45 By-Pass in Jackson. Call (731) 664-4663 or toll free at 1 (800) 227-2345.
Anchor House is a transitional center 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 information, call 796-0456, 446-6270 or 885-3039.
Anchor House-Angel Division is a transitional center for women coming out of alcohol or drug treatment programs. For more information, call 796-0456, 446-6270 or 885-3039.
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 at Snappy Tomato Pizza in downtwon Union City. 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 about location and program.
Celebrate Recovery meets at Ridgely First Baptist Church and is a 12-step Christian-based program for those battling any kind of addiction, habit or hang up. Call (731) 264-5972 or (731) 343-0862 for times.
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, a spokesman said. For more information, 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 information, call (270) 472-3678.
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 information, contact Jimmy Brown or Judy Brown at 536-0443 or 536-5596 or call Julie Griffin at 536-4437.
Diabetes Support Group meets in the back room of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City’s cafeteria the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Call Deana Wyrick at 885-2410 for more information about meetings.
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 information, 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 Community 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 information 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 for more information.
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 information about meetings, call (731) 479-0689 or Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 information, or for answers to breastfeeding questions, call LLLI leader Sandy Davis at (731) 587-9134.
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 information, 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 information, call (800) 556-8885.
Narcotics Anonymous meets 5:30 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 information, call (731) 446-9302 or 885-8006. Narcotics Anonymous also meets daily at noon and 7 p.m. at 207 North Second St. in Union City. Phone 446-6270 for more information. In Martin, the group meets Mondays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. at Gardner United Methodist Church on Old Gardner Road. Call (731) 587-9862 for more information.
The National Federation of the Blind Reelfoot Chapter provides phone information and support. For more information, call 885-1132.
Northwest Safeline sponsors weekly support group meetings on Tuesday afternoons and weekday mornings 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 information, 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.
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 information, call Donna Hazlewood at (731) 587-2663 or Dorothy Olson at (731) 588-1419.
Reach for Recovery Support Groupo provides counseling and support to breast cancer patients. Call billie Mackin in Weakley County at (731) 235-3039 or (731) 364-5335 or Vickie Exum at (731) 587-9891.
Reformers Unanimous is an addictions program that is open every Friday night from 7:30-9 at Union City Baptist Temple. Everyone who is interested is invited to attend. 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 information 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 information, 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. Meetings are open to anyone in need of such help. For more information, call (270) 236-2400 or (270) 236-1792.
Published in The Messenger 3.12.08