Support Groups


Recovery Inc. offers weekly support groups for people with anxiety, fear, depression, panic and other emotional problems. For times and locations in the Washington area, call 301-431-1818. Sept. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. A peer-run support group for anyone with an anxiety disorder. The group meets the first Saturday of every month. To learn more, call 202-487-0844.


Sept. 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. A support group, sponsored by SIDS Mid-Atlantic and facilitated by a grief therapist, for family and caregivers who have experienced the death of a baby. The group meets the first Thursday of every month. To learn more, call 703-933-9100.

Sept. 1, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. A support group, sponsored by Haven of Northern Virginia, for anyone grieving the loss of a spouse. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month. There is also an evening group the second and fourth Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the same location. To learn more, call 703-941-7000 or see

Hospice Caring Inc. sponsors peer support groups throughout Montgomery County for anyone dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death; suicide; adult child death; widows/widowers; the death of a significant other under the age of 50; anticipating the death of a loved one; and parent death. There are also groups for children and teenagers grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice Caring is also willing to create groups as needed. For locations and times, call 301-990-0854.

Weekly support 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 any group, call 301-949-7398.

Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane (near Old Keene Mill Road and Lee Chapel Road), Burke. A support group, sponsored by the Church of the Nativity, for adults mourning a death. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month. To learn more, call 703-455-2400 extension 117.


Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m. Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Dr., Burke (off Burke Center Parkway). A support group, sponsored by Northern Virginia's La Leche League, for mothers breast-feeding or pregnant. Babies are welcome. To learn more, call 703-256-2754 or 703-323-7301.


Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. A support group called "We Can Cope," sponsored by Virginia Hospital Center, for cancer patients and their families and friends. To learn more, call 703-558-5555.


Chemically Dependent Anonymous is a national 12-step program that meets throughout central Maryland for anyone with a drug or alcohol problem. For locations and times, call the 24-hour hot line 1-888-232-4673 (888-CDA-HOPE) or see


Sept. 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. A support group, sponsored by Pain Connection, for anyone with chronic pain and their family and friends. Pain Connection sponsors other chronic pain support groups on Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Rexford Place, 9885 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham; on Sept. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m., American Cancer Society, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 730; and on Sept. 13, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.,West County Library, 1325 Annapolis Rd., Odenton. Participants are welcome to bring pillows, mats, ice or hot packs for comfort. To learn more, call 301-309-2444 or see


Aug. 31, 7 p.m. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Rd., McLean. A support group, sponsored by the Northern Virginia affiliate of Voice of the Faithful, for anyone who has been abused by clergy or anyone affected by that abuse. To learn more, call 703-626-1594.


Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary's Church, 728 23rd St. NW. Debtors Anonymous is a 12-step program that sponsors a beginners' meeting for people who have problems with money and debt. The beginners' group meets every Sunday. To learn more, call 202-319-0229 or see


Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring (in private dining room one). Eating Addictions Anonymous is a 12-step program that meets every Saturday for people with eating and body image disorders to discuss recovery. To learn more, call 301-526-6746.


Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 611 Columbian Way, Bowie. A meeting of the peer-run Bowie/Crofton Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, for anyone with MS and their families and friends. At this meeting, there will be massage and reflexology demonstrations. To learn more, call 410-793-3896.


The Women's and Children's Wellness Foundation sponsors peer-run support groups for women with postpartum depression. For information on the group in Northwest Washington, call 703-282-5896; Fairfax, 703-536-9469; Arlington, 703-243-2904.


Sept. 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) of Fairfax County, 10640 Page Ave., Suite 250, Fairfax. A support group, sponsored by OAR, for family members and friends of people in jail. To learn more, call 703-246-3033.

Workshops, Seminars, Classes and Exercise Groups


Sept. 1, 1:30 p.m. Warren G. Stambaugh Department of Human Services building, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Seventh Floor, Arlington. A seminar called "Ask a Medicare Specialist," sponsored by the Arlington Agency on Aging and the Arlington Commission on Aging, about the new medicare prescription drug benefit program, Medicare Part D. Questions welcome. The same seminar will take place Sept. 13 and Sept. 29 at the same place and time. To learn more, call 703- 228-1700, 703-228-1788 (TTY), or e-mail Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested at least five business days in advance.


Sept. 3, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. McLean Central Park, (behind Dolley Madison Public Library on the outdoor basketball court), Engleside Drive and Oak Ridge Avenue, McLean. The Tai Chi Study Center of the Washington Area sponsors a tai chi class that is open to the public. The class meets at this location every Saturday morning through the end of October. To learn more, call 703-759-9141 or see

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