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Local support groups

A meeting of a support group.
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Health support

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). 2 to 3:30 p.m. third Saturday. French Hospital Medical Center auditorium, 1911 Johnson Ave., SLO. 215-5262.

Alzheimer’s. 1 to 2:30 p.m. third Wednesday. General interest. First Baptist Church, 2075 Johnson Ave., SLO. 547-3830.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery. Monthly meetings. Various locations, 528-0808.

Breast Cancer.

  • Noon to 2 p.m. third Monday. The Wellness Community, 614 13th St., Paso Robles. 238-4411.

Under 40 Cancer Support. 5 p.m. third Thursdays. Peer-to-peer. Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 201A, SLO. 543-6234.

Celiacs. Meet regularly. 226-9893.

Central Coast SurviveOars. Dragon-boat team for those affected by cancer. SubSea Tours, Morro Bay. 782-9300.

Central Coast Lupus and Auto-Immune Diseases Support Group. 10:30 a.m. one Saturday a month. Nature’s Touch Nursery and Harvest, 225 Main St., Templeton. For date of meeting call 462-1022.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. 6 to 7 p.m. third Tuesdays. Rabobank, 1025 Las Tablas Road, Templeton. 704-5970.

Diabetes Support Group. 5 to 6 p.m. fourth Mondays. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Pacific Medical Plaza 105A, French Hospital, 1991 Johnson Ave., SLO. 542-6229.

Dialysis/All Organ Transplant. 9:30 a.m. first Saturday. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1344 Nipomo St., SLO. 464-0915.

General Cancer.

  • 5 p.m. third Thursday. American Cancer Society, 1540 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande. 473-1748.

Groups for People with Mental Illness.

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays. WRAP Group. 1306 Nipomo St., SLO. 541-6813.
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Dual Recovery Anonymous. 1306 Nipomo St., SLO. 541-6813.
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Faithnet. 1306 Nipomo St., SLO. 541-6813.

Gynecological Cancer. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. first Tuesday. The Wellness Community, 614 13th St., Paso Robles. 238-4411.

Hemochromatosis Group. Group forming. 226-9560.

Head Injury Support. 10:30 a.m. to noon third Saturday. Sierra Vista Resource Center, 197 Santa Rosa St., SLO. 937-1033.

Huntington’s Disease. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. fourth Saturday. Carriage Vineyards, 4337 S. El Pomar Road, Templeton. 295-9663.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma. 1 to 3 p.m. second Wednesday. Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 201, SLO. 543-6234.

Low Vision Support. 9 to 11 a.m. third Wednesday. Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Annex, 345 S. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande. 489-1330.

Lyme Disease Support. 1 to 3 p.m. second Sunday. SLO. 541-2325.

Lymphedema.

  • 1 to 2 p.m. fourth Tuesday. Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 201, SLO. 542-6234.
  • 3 to 5 p.m. third Monday. Sierra Vista Resource Center, 197 Santa Rosa St., SLO. 782-9300.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

  • 6 to 8 p.m. second Tuesdays (no meeting in July). United Methodist Church, 275 Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande. 343-6094.
  • 10:30 a.m. last Saturday. St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay. 528-4029.
  • Countywide. Call 682-8783 for times and locations.

Muscular Dystrophy. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. first Monday. 633 Brizzolara St., SLO. 234-2660.

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer. 6 to 8 p.m. first Tuesday. The Wellness Community, 614 13th St., Paso Robles. 238-4411.

Parkinson’s Disease.

  • 7 p.m. third Wednesday. Los Osos. 528-6996.
  • Noon to 2 p.m. third Friday. New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, 1531 Froom Ranch Way, SLO.541-8633.
  • 1 p.m. third Tuesday. First Presbyterian Church, 610 Main St., Templeton. 466-7226.

Participation for All Cancers. 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays. The Wellness Community, 614 13th St., Paso Robles. 238-4411.

People with Serious Memory Loss or Recently Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. First and third Tuesday. Prescreening required. 547-3830.

Prostate Cancer.

  • 6:30 p.m. third Monday. Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 201A, SLO. 543-6234 .
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday. The Wellness Community, 614 13th St., Paso Robles. 238-4411.
  • 7 p.m. fourth Thursday. Twin Cities Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Road, Templeton. 543-6234.

Prevention and Recovery of Cesareans and Support and Advocacy for VBACs. 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays. Ludwick Community Center, SLO. 890-4001.

Quantum Healing. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays. Adults with chronic illness. Longevity Healthcare Center sponsors. 1405 Garden St., SLO. 548-0987.

Stroke Support Group. 1 to 2 p.m. third Monday. For survivors and caregivers. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, 1010 Murray Ave., SLO. 481-0770.

Thyroid Cancer. 2 to 3 p.m. third Sunday. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center auditorium, SLO. 710-6640.

Under 40 Cancer Support Group. 6 p.m. third Tuesday. Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 201A, SLO. 542-6234.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group. 6 to 7 p.m. first and third Thursdays. Paso Robles. 296-0366, 238-0273.

Wellness Support Group. Seriously ill people. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Pre-registration required. Hospice, 1304 Pacific St., SLO. 544-2266, 434-1164.

Caregiver support

Adult Children of Aging Parents.

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. third Friday. First Methodist Church, 275 Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande. 455-8342.
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. fourth Thursday (third Thursday in April). Mountainbrook Church, 1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO. 541-1338. (No meeting November or December.)
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. second Wednesday. The Village at Sydney Creek, 1234 Laurel Lane, SLO. 570-3836.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers.

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. second Tuesday. Creston Village, 1919 Creston Road, Paso Robles. 975-8270.
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. third Wednesday. First Baptist Church, 2075 Johnson Ave., SLO. 547-3830.
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. first and third Thursday. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria. 927-3999.
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. third Thursday. First Baptist Church, 1900 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos. 534-9234.
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. third Friday. Union Bank, corner of 12th and Spring Streets, Paso Robles. 974-8270.

Atascadero Caregivers. 1 to 2:30 p.m. first Wednesday. Paradise Valley Care Home, 9525 Gallina Court, Atascadero. 461-8831.

Caregivers of Brain-Injured Adults. 6 to 7:30 p.m. first Thursday. Caregivers only. The Villages at the Palms, 55 Broad St., SLO. 534-9234.

Caregivers of Cancer Patients. 6 p.m. first and third Thursdays. Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 201A, SLO. Reservations, 542-6234.

Caregivers of Minor Kin. For those caring for kids when parents aren’t able.

  • 6 to 8 p.m. first and third Tuesdays. Kinship Center/Family Ties, 75 N. Main St., Suite B, Templeton. 434-2126.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. third Wednesday. SAFE Offices, 1086 Grande Ave., Arroyo Grande. 434-2126.

Cancer Connections of SLO County. One-on-one support for cancer survivors and their caregivers by people who have had cancer or been care providers. 235-2997.

Cambria Caregivers. 9:30 to 11 a.m. first and third Thursdays. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Library, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria. 927-3239.

Family Caregivers of Aging Adults. 5:30 to 7 p.m. second Tuesday. Creston Village, 1919 Creston Road, Paso Robles. 975-8270.

Family and Caregivers of Mentally Ill.

  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. third Mondays. 5850 W. Mall Road, Atascadero. 441-5444.
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays (except July, August, and December). St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, SLO. 544-2086.
  • 10 a.m. to noon third Saturdays. 203 Bridge Street, Suite. B, Arroyo Grande. 481-0764.

Mental Health Caregivers. 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday; 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. fourth Tuesday, SLO. 544-2086.

Parents Meeting Parents. 7 p.m. fourth Monday. Parents of children with cancer. Hearst Cancer Resource Center, 1941 Johnson Ave., Suite 201, SLO. 542-6234.

Parkinson’s Caregivers.

  • 11:30 a.m. second Friday. Coco’s, Atascadero. 466-7226.
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday. Arroyo Grande. 534-8234.

South County Caregivers. 12:30 to 2 p.m. first Thursdays. Applebees, Arroyo Grande. 219-0201.

Parenting support

ADHD Parent and Teacher. 7 p.m. first Tuesday. Arroyo Grande High School, Room 207. 489-2846.

Autism Parent Support. Parent/caregivers of children on the autism spectrum. No childcare available. www.autismspectrumcenter.com.

  • 7 to 9 p.m. third Fridays. (Jan/March/May/July/Sept/ Nov). Hampton Inn, 212 Alexa Court, Paso Robles. 471-1354.
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m. third Fridays. (Feb/June/Aug/Oct/Dec). CCASC Office, 75 Higuera St., Suite 110, SLO. 270-3443.
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m. last Fridays, every month (Oct/Nov/Dec call for meeting date). Arroyo Grande Hospital Annex, 345 S. Halcyon Road, AG. 270-3443.

Bereaved Parents. People whose children, grandchildren or siblings have died. 464-0479, 544-6314, 461-0451, 237-7626, 924-1776.

Birth and Baby Resource Network. 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. For topic and location, www.bbrn.org.

Central Coast Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Resource. Monthly meetings for families affected by life-threatening food allergies. 541-1151.

Grandparents as Parents. 9 a.m. Thursdays. 1086 Grand Ave., Room 107, Arroyo Grande. 481-5722.

Newborn and Parent. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Monday. Twin Cities Community Hospital, Founders’ Pavilion, 1100 Las Tablas Road, Templeton. www.twincitieshospital.com.

Parents Support Groups. SLO County. 543-3700, http://sloparents.org.

Parents Helping Parents, Special-Needs Families. 461-7415, 543-3277.

Parents Left Behind. 7 p.m. Mondays. 970 S. 14th St., No. G, Grover Beach. 458-4807.

Pediatric Epilepsy Network. 6:30 to 8 p.m. second Monday. Twin Cities Hospital Administration Building, Conference Room, 1100 Las Tablas Road, Templeton. 434-0960.

General support

12-Step Recovery Programs.

  • North County Connection Community Resource Center, 8600 Atascadero Ave., Atascadero. 462-8600.
  • Lifestyles Recovery Center Community Resource Center, 715 24th St., Suite B, Paso Robles. 238-2290.

Adult Children of Alcoholics.

  • 7 p.m. Monday. North County Connection, 8600 Atascadero Ave., Atascadero. 466-9860.
  • 5:30 p.m. Monday. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria. 489-2019.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday. Women’s group. First Presbyterian Church, 1830 Farroll Ave., Grover Beach. 801-2138.
  • 2 p.m. Saturday. First Presbyterian Church — Lowell Hall (across the street from the church), 1825 Farroll Ave., Grover Beach. 489-2019.

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups. Relatives and friends of alcoholics, 12-step program. 534-9204, www.al-anoncentralcoast.org.

Al-Anon. 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria. 907-738-5723.

Alcoholics Anonymous. Daily. SLO County. 541-3211, www.sloaa.org.

Anger Management. 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Lifestyles Recovery Center, 715 24th St., Suite B, Paso Robles. 238-2290.

Bereaved Parents. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Hospice, 1304 Pacific St., SLO. 544-2266.

Celebrate Recovery. 7 p.m. Fridays. El Morro Church of the Nazarene, 1480 Santa Ysabel Ave., Los Osos. 528-0391.

Central Coast Weight Loss Surgery Support Group. 6 to 7 p.m. first and third Thursdays. Paso Robles. 296-0366, 238-0273.

Co-dependents Anonymous of SLO. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Congregational Church of SLO, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, SLO. 542-0577.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous H.O.W. Concept. 12-step program. 12:15 p.m. Wendesdays. Mountainbrook Church, 1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO. 550-4198.

Debtors Anonymous. 6 p.m. Mondays. 12-step program. United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande. 927-1018.

Divorce Support.

  • 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays. San Luis Obispo. 903-2604.
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. 1540 Marsh St., Suite 260, SLO. Reservations, 903-2604.

Eating Disorders Support. 215-8124 or useabalance@gmail.com.

Emotions Anonymous. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. 12-step program to help people learn to cope with stress. Congregation Beth David, 10180 Los Osos Valley Road, SLO. 440-4858.

Family Support. 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Families and loved ones of mentally ill people. Transitions-Mental Health Association, 784 High St., SLO. 540-6500.

Friends of SLOCO Access. 5 to 7 p.m. third Wednesday. Access for people in wheelchairs. The Graduate, 990 Industrial Way, SLO. 594-1164.

Grief Support.

  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays. New Life Church, 990 James Way, Arroyo Grande. 544-2266.
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Hospice, 1304 Pacific St., SLO. 544-2266. 10 a.m. first Tuesday. Paul’s Episcopal Church Library, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria. 927-5807.
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Church of Christ, 1001 Las Tunas St., Morro Bay. 772-7248.
  • 10 a.m. to noon. Saturdays. Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles. 238-3702, ext. 205.

Group Loop. Teens talk cancer online. www.grouploop.org.

Guided Imagery Workshops. Dates, times, locations: 238-4411.

Men’s Al-Anon. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Relatives or friends of alcoholics. South County Alano Club, 134-A Nelson St., Arroyo Grande. 234-0430.

Military Parents on the Central Coast. 6:30 p.m. first Monday. American Legion Hall, 1661 Mill St., SLO. 234-5547.

Mommies Group Support. (countywide events) www.SLOCountyMommies.com.

Narconon. Drug addictions. Live hotline and referral. 800-556-8885.

National Alliance for Mental Illness. 5:30 p.m. group; 7 p.m. meetings, fourth Tuesday. St. Stephen’s Church, 1344 Nipomo St., SLO. 546-4040.

Nicotine Anonymous. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Desire to stop using nicotine. St. Peter’s Church, 545 Shasta St., Morro Bay. 466-7755.

Overeaters Anonymous. Meetings countywide. Intergroup, 596-5033.

  • Noon. Mondays. 8600 Atascadero Ave., Atascadero.
  • Noon. Thursdays. First Presbyterian Church, 981 Marsh St., SLO.
  • 10 a.m. Fridays. Middlehouse, 2939 Augusta St., SLO.
  • 5:30 p.m. Sundays. St. Stephen’s Church, 1344 Nipomo St., SLO.
  • 10:30 a.m. Mondays. 959 Valley Road, Arroyo Grande.
  • 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. 2700 Cienaga St., Oceano.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesdays. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 301 Trinity Ave., Arroyo Grande. 878-2758, 459-7668.

Overcomers Outreach. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Christian 12-step recovery group. Agape Church, 950 Laureate Lane, San Luis Obispo. 227-7110. Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). 7 p.m. fourth Tuesday. GALA Center, 1060 Palm St., SLO. 801-2186.

Pet Bereavement. 6:30 p.m. last Thursdays. North County Humane Society, 2300 Ramona Road, Atascadero. 466-5403.

Pet Loss. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Hospice, 1304 Pacific St., SLO. 544-2266.

Postpartum Depression Support Group. 1:30 p.m. third Wednesday. Founders’ Pavilion, 1100 Las Tablas Road, Templeton. 434-4561, 434-3500.

Stress Reduction Workshops. Dates, times, locations: 238-4411.

Stop Smoking. Various locations in the county. 781-5564.

Suicide Bereavement. 5:30 to 7 p.m. last Wednesdays. Hospice, 1304 Pacific St., SLO. 544-2266.

Surgical Weight Loss. 6 p.m. second Thursdays. Paso Robles Airport Lounge (upstairs), 4912 Wing Way. 358-7978.

Survivors Group. For abused women. 434-2939.

Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group.

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. Hospice, 1304 Pacific St., SLO. 544-2266.
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. New Life Church, 990 James Way, Pismo Beach. 544-2266.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS).

  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays. Odd Fellows Hall, 710 Harbor St., Morro Bay. 772-4734.
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Community Church of Atascadero, 5850 Rosario Ave. 466-1697.
  • 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Legion Hall, 805 Main St., Templeton. 239-3819.
  • 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Nipomo Senior Center, Nipomo. 800-932-8677.
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Oceano Senior Center, 1580 Railroad Road, Oceano. 567-4670.

Widowed Persons Association of California. 10 a.m. second Saturday. Varied activities. Open to men and women. 489-7298, 458-4601.

Women’s Support Group.

  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free child care. Atascadero. 461-1338.
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Substance abuse and domestic violence. 473-6507.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Cal Poly Community Counseling Clinic, Building 2, Room 125, SLO. 756-1532.

Youth Anger Management/Violence Prevention Group. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Taking sign-ups for next 10-week session. Lifestyles Recovery Center, 715 24th St., Suite B, Paso Robles. 238-2290, 286-6331.

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