Support GroupsWhatever your experience, you don’t have to go it alone. East Alabama Medical Center offers or hosts a variety of support groups where people help each other by sharing.

Services provided include:


    A support group for family and friends of alcoholics.

    – Meets Monday evenings at 6 p.m. at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Auburn
    – Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Opelika
    – Thursdays at noon (for women only) at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn

    Contact: (334) 745-8488

  • Alcoholic Anonymous

    Alcoholics Anonymous has a number of closed and open meetings in the area. Please call the number below for more information on meeting locations and times or visit their website at

    Contact: (334) 521-2676 to hear a recording of these meetings, times, and more information.

  • Battered Women

    A support group for women who have been mentally or physically abused by their partner. Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Sponsored by the Domestic Violence Intervention Center. Child Care is provided.

    Contact: Call collect at (334) 749-1515

  • Breast Feeding

    Meets each Thursday at noon in the third floor day room at East Alabama Medical Center.

    Contact: Lactation nurses at (334) 528-3709

  • Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group

    A support group for caregivers and those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. Meets the last Monday of each month at 12:30pm – Opelika SportsPlex and the last Wednesday of each month at 9:30am – Magnolia Place in Auburn.

    Leisa Askew at (334) 749-5264 ext. 215.

  • Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Support Group

    A support group for people who live with Crohn’s Disease and/or Ulcerative Colitis. Caregivers and family members are also welcome. Meetings are at the EAMC Education Center in the Ivy Room at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. Contact: Danielle Smart at

  • Chronic Pain

    The Auburn Pain Group offers a 10-session therapy group using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to manage Chronic Pain. The sessions, which are FREE and take place over a 10-week period, are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8 in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church in Auburn. For start dates, contact email Doug Booth or call him at 740-7999.

  • Compassionate Friends

    The Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents who have lost a child. The group meets the first Thursday of each month at the EAMC Education Center.

    Contact: Jerry & Lynne Schwarzauer (334) 663-4141

  • Colons and Semi Colons

    Colons and Semi Colons is a group created to offer support, inspiration, hope and healing for people who have experienced or who are experiencing colorectal cancer.

    The group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the EAMC Education Center.

    For more information, contact Denise Pilato at

  • Crisis Center

    Confidential telephone listing and referral services are available from the Crisis Center of East Alabama.

    Contact: (334) 821-8600

  • Diabetes Focus Support Group

    Meets quarterly.

    Contact: Any staff member at The Diabetes and Nutrition Center at (334) 528-3265.

  • Grief Support Group

    Open and free to Hospice families as well as the general public. Meets at the EAMC Education Center from 10-11 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month.

    Contact: Nana Daronatsy at (334) 826-1899.

  • Lupus

    East West South AL… On the Wings of Butterflies… Our Lupus Family Unites. Group leaders/facilitators are Adrienne Jordan, Shtorie Sumbry and Shelia Collis. The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the EAMC Education Center and offers education, advocacy and support, and welcomes persons with arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and other related conditions. For more information, call Adrienne Jordan (334) 497-0273.

  • Mended Hearts

    A support group for anyone concerned with heart disease and post and present cardiac rehab patients. It is a national organization supported by the American Heart Association. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the EAMC Education Center.

    Contact: Len Cochran at (334) 887-3440 or Cardiac Rehab at (334) 528-1694.

  • N.A.M.I. East Alabama

    National Alliance of the Mentally Ill. Has 2 support groups. For families of the mentally ill, meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Bancorp South on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika. Open group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Bancorp South on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika.

    Contact: Joyce Cahela at (334) 745-5611 or Stan Hollingsworth at (334) 444-5011

  • Ostomy Support Group

    This group is for persons who have undergone procedures resulting in an ostomy (e.g., colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy). For information, contact Julie Scanlon at 334-528-8180.

  • Safe House

    Offers a safe shelter for women who have been abused by their partner.

    Contact: Can call collect at (334) 749-1515, 24 hours a day.

  • Teal Magnolias

    Teal Magnolias is a gynecological cancer support and education group. Our mission is to support women who are going through the journey with ovarian, cervical, uterine or other gynecological cancers. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the EAMC Education Center. For more information, email, or call (334) 497-0417. Visit us on Facebook at Teal Magnolias AL.

  • Victims and Family of Domestic Violence

    A support group for victims and family of domestic violence. For women only. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. (call for location).

    Contact: Carolyn (334) 749-1515.

  • V.O.C.A.L.

    The East Alabama Chapter of Victims of Crime and Leniency provides support for victims of crime and their families.

    Contact: (800) 239-3219