Whatever 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.
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
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.
Contact: (334) 745-8405 to hear a recording of these meetings, times, and more information.
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
Open to all breast cancer survivors. Meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at EAMC's Health Resource Center (except during the summer). Facilitated by Colleen Alsobrook, RN, Breast Health Navigator, and Chelsea Kroll, LGSW.
Contact: Colleen Alsobrook (334) 528-4370
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 1st Monday of every month at 10 a.m. at Magnolia Place (1553 Professional Parkway, Auburn, AL 36830).
Leisa Askew at (334) 749-5264 ext. 215.
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.
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 Health Resource Center.
Contact: Jerry & Lynne Schwarzauer (334) 663-4141
Confidential telephone listing and referral services are available from the Crisis Center of East Alabama.
Contact: (334) 821-8600
Diabetes Focus Support Group
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 Health Resource 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.
People with Lupus – Group leader and facilitator Rebecca Glass, RN, calls it an “upbeat support group that is more like a ‘lupus family.’” The group offers education, advocacy and support, and welcomes persons with arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and other related conditions. For more information, call (334) 257-1131.
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 EAMC's Health Resource 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 Patty Brown, RN, at (334) 528-8180.
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 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 Health Resource Center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The East Alabama Chapter of Victims of Crime and Leniency provides support for victims of crime and their families.
Contact: (800) 239-3219