Support Groups

Northern Light Inland Hospital support groups.

Free meetings for those who know someone with an opioid* addiction. Join us to learn more about addiction, medication-assisted treatment, and recovery. All welcome! Monthly meetings at The Eskuland Center at the Maine Children’s Home, 93 Silver Street in Waterville and the Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Winthrop Street in Augusta.

For more information contact Jayne Harper at 621-3740.

* Opioids include morphine, heroin, codeine, hydropmorphone, methadone, oxycodone, meperidine, and fentanyl.

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Al-Anon is a self-help recovery group for anyone whose lives are touched by alcoholism. Support groups meet every week at locations around the Waterville area. For locations and times, contact Mary Ellen at 873-0972 or visit the Al-Anon website.
 

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Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

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Educational meetings to bring awareness and accountability; 48-week pay as you go program for men who have verbally, mentally, or physically abused women in a relationship.

Location: Meetings held in Augusta and Waterville

Contact: Men's Work; Marquerite Ridgeway  623-7252

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For survivors, caregivers, and support people of brain injury victims.

Farmingdale: Last Wednesday of each month from 7~8:30 p.m.

For More Information, call Gina Temple at 207-582-4315 or Myra Champagne at 207-582-6692

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The Birthing Center at Inland Hospital’s Breastfeeding Support Group

  • Free and open to the public - babies welcome
  • Education and support for this natural and very important aspect of nurturing a child
  • Held every Friday at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Inland's Birthing Center, 200 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville

For more information contact: 861-3100 or inlandhospital@emhs.org

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Augusta (Located at 257 Water Street, Suite 1): Offers the following programs for families: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting, The Nurturing Program, Responding to Child Abuse, Active Parenting of Teens, Kids First, and Baby Think It Over.

For More Information, call Ruth at 207-859-2533 or 1-800-542-8827 ext. 2533, or visit their website: www.kvcap.org

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FA is a recovery program for people who suffer from food obsession, overeating, bulimia, and undereating. The program is based on the twelve steps of AA. Everyone is welcome to attend this free meeting, including those who think they may have a food problem or those who are concerned about someone who may. Fifteen meetings in Maine, including Waterville and Augusta. FMI: www.foodaddicts.org

Waterville Location: Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
MaineGeneral-Thayer, Dean Auditorium.

Augusta Location: 
Sunday—Augusta 6:30pm 
Maine General Medical Center 
6 East Chestnut Street
Patty R. (207) 233-7947

Tuesday—Augusta 7:00pm 
Prince of Peace Church 
209 Eastern Avenue
Contact: Joe P. (207) 623-1924

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Hospice Volunteers of the Waterville Area offer numerous support groups led by experienced, trained volunteers with the support of professional counselors. Each meeting offers an educational component as well as opportunities to share. Click here or call 873-3615 for more information.

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Local experts present information about heart related topics, followed by a question and answer session and fellowship.

Meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm.  No registration required.

Location: Mason Auditorium at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Contact: EMMC Cardiac Rehab at 973-7202 or email rhenry@emhs.org
 

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Call 1-877-208-4029 or visit their website at www.ldame.org.

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The Capital Area Lyme Support Group meets the second Thursday of every month at 6pm at the Manchester Fire Station, Route 17 in Manchester.  For more information, contact Cheryl or Dennis Farley at 623-4679 or find them on Facebook.
 
To find Maine Lyme Disease Support Groups in other areas, please contact Happy Dickey RN at 207-862-2444, or visit their website at www.mainelyme.org.

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Call 1-800-870-7746 or visit their website at www.mpf.org.

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Call 1-800-207-1230 or visit their website at www.tobaccofreemaine.org.

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A weekly support group for friends and family members of people addicted to drugs is held Wednesdays at 6pm at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waterville, located at 60 Eustis Parkway.
 
Nar-Anon is an internationally recognized, confidential, 12-step, self-help, self-led group.  There is no charge to attend; donations are accepted and participants may bring a friend for support if they wish. For more information, call 207-594-2801 or visit www.nar-anon.org.

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NAMI Maine is an active voice for families, individuals and professionals whose daily lives are impacted by mental illness.

Through support, education and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the one in four Mainers who are affected by mental illness.

Here are current support groups available in Northern Kennebec County:

NAMI Maine Family Support Group 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm
Lunch meetings on 1st Tuesdays, 11:30-1pm
Pleasant Street United Methodist Church
61 Pleasant Street, Waterville
Are you coping with a loved one’s mental health challenges? NAMI Maine offers a free, confidential support group for friends and family members. FMI call Murray at (207) 293-2921 or Dave at (207) 314-4153 or visit namimaine.org

NAMI Maine Connection Recovery Support Group
Tuesdays (All Tuesdays each month), 6:30-8pm
Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room (2nd Floor)
61 Pleasant Street, Waterville

FMI contact Elaine (207) 314-8075 or Pam (207) 634-2054

For a complete listing of all programs available, please visit the NAMI Maine website for more information on local support groups, classes, and events.

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Pathfinders' focus is directed towards the grieving child; however, the philosophy of the program is to support the family as a whole. The program is designed to provide support for children between the ages of 3 and 18 and their parents/caregivers. Click here for more details.

Facilitators are volunteers trained by Northern Light Home Care and Hospice. For more information on attending Pathfinders or becoming a volunteer facilitator, please contact Linda at 973-8269.

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If you are grieving the loss of a baby, this group can help.

It's important to know that you are not alone in the loss of a baby. Many others have experienced this same grief and can help in your healing process. This group is available to you no matter how long it has been since your loss. You may choose to attend the meetings with or without your partner. There is no cost to attend.

The group meets quarterly over four consecutive Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Location: Forsyth Conference Room, 2nd Floor, at Eastern Maine Medical Center
Contact: Cassie Wallace 973-8548

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This group is specifically designed to meet the special needs of men and their partners facing the challenges of a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Issues addressed include managing the demands of treatment, changes in sense of self, relationships, energy, interests, communication and much much more.

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month except for July and August.  There is NO charge for participation.

Location: Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, Room 2D  6-7 pm

Contact: 973-7476 or 1-800-987-3005

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Contact the Rape Crisis Hotline at 800-871-7741

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Spondylitis support group meets the first Thursday of every month

Spondylitis defined is the fusing of the neck and spine and we know that an active role in managing spondylitis, backed by a sound knowledge base, will positively influence its outcome. The people who lead Spondylitis Educational Support Groups play a vital role by providing a forum for those with spondylitis to take an active role in taking charge of spondylitis.

The Spondylitis support group is open to spouses, friends and family regardless if you have spondylitis yourself or know someone that does. To learn more about the current advancements in treatment in spondylitis as well as managed care, please join us on the first Thursday of every other month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ford Grant Conference Room at Inland Hospital.

FMI Contact: Michelle Andrews--207-512-2833.

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Information and referrals about HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis.

Call 1-800-851-AIDS (800-851-2437) or visit their website at www.peabodycenter.org.

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If you are suicidal or in a family crisis, don't wait. Crisis counselors are waiting for your call.

Call the statewide referral number (open 24 hours a day, seven days a week) at 1-888-568-1112 or visit their website at www.crisiscounseling.org.

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The Post Polio Support Group of Maine is a private, non-profit 501 [c] (3) organization, that offers the latest information on the late effects of polio, or post-polio syndrome, to polio survivors, their families, and health care providers throughout Northern New England and parts of Canada. Support for our work comes from donations from the public and from a grant furnished by the Pine Tree Society.

Contact:
Ann Crocker
207-724-3784
FMI: www.ppsgm.org/

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Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, or TOPS, is a weight loss support group that can help you reach your weight loss goals by providing you with the tools, information, support, and accountability you need to be successful. Weekly meetings are held at local chapters and online.

Visit the TOPS website for more information http://www.tops.org/TOPS/HowItWorks and to
find your local chapter http://www.tops.org/TOPS/FindAMeeting.

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Did you know one in seven mothers feels sad and irritable during pregnancy or postpartum (after delivery), and fathers can feel down and anxious too? Inland cares about your well-being so we created the Tree of HOPE Support Group at Inland for perinatal mood disorders.

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A support group for parents of twins meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. Babies and children are welcome.

Location: Forsyth Conference Room at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Contact: Gayle Roy at gayledroy@adelphia.net or Susan Murray at kohutnurse@hotmail.com.

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