Support Groups


The Serenity Center (9650 Basket Ring Rd., Columbia) hosts groups including Al-Anon (for families of alcoholics), Alcoholics Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Nicotine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Sex and Love Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous and 12-Steps for Everyone Program (for anyone wanting to understand how such a program works). An Alcoholics Anonymous group for Spanish speakers is also available. For meeting times or to learn about other groups, call 410-884-6088 or see


Recovery Inc. offers weekly groups for people with anxiety, fear, depression, panic and other metal, nervous and emotional problems. For times and locations in the Washington area, call 301-431-1818.


Hospice Caring Inc. sponsors nine groups throughout Montgomery County for anyone interested in topics concerning widows/widowers; miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death; suicide; general bereavement; or the death of a significant other under the age of 50. The general bereavement and widow/widowers groups are especially in need of more members. For locations and times, call 301-990-0854.


July 31, Noon to 4 p.m. A group picnic at a park near Laurel, sponsored by the Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association, for people with chemical sensitivities. A retired Environmental Protection Agency training director will speak on effective alternatives to chemical pesticides. For location and more information, call 301-897-9614.


A 12-step program for anyone who wants help eliminating excessive clutter meets twice a week: 7:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Schafer Hall, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW; and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Unity Club, 116-B West Broad St., Falls Church. Participants can attend one or both meetings. To learn more, call 301-897-8849 or 703-536-6650.


Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary's Church, 728 23rd St. NW. A beginners' meeting to a 12-step program, sponsored by Debtors Anonymous, for people who have problems with money and debt. The beginners' group meets every Sunday. To learn more, call 202-319-0229 or see


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sponsors groups for victims injured in drunk driving accidents. For times and locations, call 703-978-3025.


The House of Ruth Domestic Violence Support Center offers confidential individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence. To learn more, call 202-347-0390. For help in a crisis, call the 24-hour hot line, 202-347-2777.


A 12-step program that meets throughout the Washington area for people with emotional problems that can include depression, anxiety, anger, shame and grief. To learn more, call 202-364-9448.


The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region sponsors the groups below for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and their caregivers. To learn more, call 703-425-6660.

* July 28, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Room 100, Falls Church. The Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group meets every Wednesday.

* Aug.3, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Georgetown University Hospital, Lombardi Cancer Center, Floor 2, Podium A, Conference Room, 3800 Reservoir Rd., NW. The Neurology Epilepsy Support Group convenes the first Tuesday of every month.


July 28, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI-DC), 422 8th SE, 2nd Floor (Near Eastern Market Metro). Counseling sessions for people with mental health issues and their families, sponsored by NAMI-DC, are held every Wednesday. Walk-ins are welcome. To learn more, call 202-546-0646.


July 29, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Room 205, Bethesda. A group, sponsored by the nonprofit BILY (Because I Love You), for parents of adolescent and adult children who have challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-530-3597 or see $1 donation.

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS July 30, 7 p.m. Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 West University Blvd., Silver Spring. A 12-step program, sponsored by Nicotine Anonymous, for anyone who wants to quit smoking. The group meets every Friday. To learn more, call 301-598-4914.


Weekly groups, sponsored by the Widowed Persons Service of Montgomery County, for anyone newly widowed within the last two years, meet at locations throughout Montgomery County. To register or learn more about groups, call 301-949-7398.

Screenings, Volunteers and Donations


July 30, Noon to 2 p.m. George Washington Women's Heart Program, 2131 K St. NW, Suite 600. A blood pressure screening, sponsored by the George Washington Women's Heart Program, for men and women age 18 or older. The screenings take place every Friday during this time. To learn more, call 202-715-5400.


July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Damascus Senior Center, 9701 Main St., Damascus. A series of screenings, sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, to include glucose, lipid, prostate and body fat tests. To register or learn more, call



Adult female cigarette smokers can participate in an ongoing 90-minute study of mood and coping at American University. Day, evening and weekend appointments are available. Compensation is provided. For locations and times, call 240-994-0268.


Inova Health Source is recruiting more than 200 volunteers, age 18 or older, to assist with registration at flu clinics from October through December in Northern Virginia. A minimum of one four-hour shift is requested. To learn more, call 703-916-2885.

* Inova VNA Home Health, 5501 Backlick Rd., Springfield, needs volunteers for filing, mass mailings, copying and answering the phone. Two- to three-hour shifts are requested. To learn more, call 703-916-2885.

* Haven of Northern Virginia is looking for volunteers to provide emotional support over the phone to those mourning, seriously ill or dying and to their family and friends. Volunteers, who must be 21 or older, commit 21/2 hours every week for a year. Orientations will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 4, 11, 17 and 24. To register or learn more, call 703-941-7000. Register by 5 p.m. on Aug. 2.

Calendar Guidelines

To be considered for the Calendar, information must be received two weeks before the publication date. Include date, time, address, description, sponsor, phone with area code and cost (must be nominal or free). E-mail submissions to,fax them to 202-334-6471, or mail them to Health Calendar, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071. Because of the large number of submissions received, we cannot guarantee publication.