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Al-Anon Meetings:
Strength and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers and addicts. Meeting schedule: 1-888-425-2666 or www.berkshirealanon.org.

Anonymous Meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: 413-448-2382; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: 413-443-4377.

Celebrate Recovery: 12-step faith-based recovery program meets at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield. For people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, sexual addiction, co-dependency, family dysfunction, depression, and those who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused. Free. Child care available. Signups encouraged, drop-ins welcome, 413-522-3495, www.berkshiredreamcenter.org.

D.O.P.E.: Discussing Our Personal Experiences, for those affected by and concerned about the opioid addiction epidemic, meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Berkshire South Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Info: Jenise Lucey, 413-528-2810, ext. 14; jlucey@berkshiresouth.org; http://berkshiresouth.org/d-o-p-e/

Gamblers Anonymous: First floor conference room at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, BMC Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Info: Charlie T., 413-637-2550.

Learn to Cope: Peer-led support network for those affected by the addiction and recovery of a family member or loved one. Guest speakers. Free enrollment and distribution of Narcan. Meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, HEAL Community Room, Berkshire Medical Cancer Center, first floor of the modern building, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Info: 508-738-5148, learn2cope.org.

Nar-Anon Meeting: 12-step support group for families and friends of those suffering from addiction, 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays, St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

Refuge Recovery: Addiction recovery meetings utilizing Buddhist philosophy and meditation as the foundation of the recovery process from addictions of any kind. Meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., The Jack Stern Center in Priscilla's Room, 41 Mahaiwe St., Great Barrington. Info: thomlipiczky@gmail.com.

Tobacco Treatment Programs: Men's program meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m., women's program meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., Fairview Hospital conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: 413-854-9608.

Whatever Works Berkshires: For people using medication-assisted treatment for addiction recovery. Meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at George B. Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield, and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at United Cerebral Palsy, 535 Curran Highway, Route 8, North Adams. Transportation help may be available. Info: whateverworks789@yahoo.com or Whatever Works Berkshires page on Facebook.

AUTISM SPECTRUM

Adults with Asperger's: Monthly group sponsored by Asperger/Autism Network, 5 to 6:45 p.m., first Tuesdays, Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington. Info: Jan Doody, 413-522-3723, jan.doody@aane.org. To register: Stephanie.Birkdale@aane.org.

BRAIN/NERVOUS SYSTEM

Brain Injury Assoc. of Mass.: Support groups for people and family members affected by traumatic or acquired brain injury: 2nd Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., BIA-MA at Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 5th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; No. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group, 4th Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m., BFAIR, 771 South Church St., North Adams, 413-443-0200; Men's Group, 2nd Friday, 1 to 3 p.m., BIA-MA, 180C Elm St., Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; So. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group, 4 to 6 p.m., 3rd Tuesday, CHP, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 413-443-0200 or 888-554-5553.

Chronic Fatigue (CFIDS, CFS), Fibromyalgia (FMS): Also called ME myalgic encephalomyelitis, and other painful syndromes. Meets at 6:30 p.m., 1st Tuesday, no meeting in December, Community Room, Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough. Info: Delly, 413-442-8980, or Tom, 413-637-3242.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group of South Berkshire: Meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. 1st Tuesday, Hevreh of South Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. Info: Lori at 413-229-3621.

Multiple Sclerosis Support: Meets from 5-6 p.m., 3rd Thursday, MS Resource of the Tri-State Area office, 85 Main St., Suite 212, North Adams, 413-664-2011.

Parkinson's Disease: For those with the disease, their family, friends & caregivers, 10:30 a.m. monthly on last Friday, Williamstown Savings Bank, lower level board room, 795 Main St., Williamstown, 413-458-8427. APDA Resource Center, 1-800-651-8466.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., medical clearance required, $5 per session, 5th floor, BMC Medical Arts Complex, North Street, Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Spinal Cord Injury: Support and information using peer mentors and clinic experience, guest speakers, meets monthly at 5 p.m., 1st Thursday, Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 777 North St., 5th floor, Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Stroke Survivors: For survivors and caregivers, 1st Tuesday at 3 p.m., BMC Medical Arts Center, outpatient rehab gym, 5th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield. Info: David Wasielewski, 413-684-0152, walu2@verizon.net, or BMC, 413-447-2000.

Tea and Talk: For adult women with a brain injury, 1st Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m., Brain Injury Association-Massachusetts, Western Regional Office, 180 Elm St., Suite C, Pittsfield. Call 413-443-0200 before first meeting.

BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding Support: Offered by CHP & WIC for women who are expecting a child or who have an infant, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, CHP Family Services Center, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Info: MaryBeth Merritt, 413-528-0457.

La Leche League: New mothers, pregnant women, babies & children welcome, 4th Wednesday at 7 p.m., Redfield House, Community Room, 48 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield. Info: Marya, 413-441-7176, or www.lllberkshires.org.

CANCER

Breast Cancer Support: Weekly, day and time to be scheduled with participants, facilitated by Amy Jenter, LICSW. Info: Laura Harner, 413-528-2810, ext. 20, lharner@berkshiresouth.org.

Cancer Support for Women: Meets 2nd Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092; South County group, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main St., Route 7, Great Barrington, 413-447-3092.

Cancer Resource & Support: For adults diagnosed with any type of cancer and their loved ones, 2nd Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m., BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

Fighting with Faith: For all who have been impacted by cancer, meets 3rd Sunday at 6 p.m. for conversation, healing scriptures, prayer, friendship, First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., North Adams, 413-663-3780.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: Open to men and the people who support them, 1st Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m., BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

DEMENTIA/CAREGIVER

Alzheimer's Support: Support and education for people with a loved one living with Alzheimer's or any form of dementia, 2nd Monday at 1:30 p.m., Kimball Farms conference room, 235 Walker St., Lenox.

Alzheimer's Support: Weekend group for families and friends of people living with dementia, 4th Saturday at 10 a.m., Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Registration required: Bobbie Orsi, 413-442-0907.

Alzheimer's Support: Two groups: one for those living with early stage dementia and their care partners; second group for those living with dementia, open to family caregivers. Both meet at 10 a.m., 3rd Thursday, Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Registration required: Bobbie Orsi, 413-442-0907.

Caregiver Support: For caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia and memory impairments, 1 to 2 p.m., last Tuesday, Sugar Hill Assisted Living, 45 Main St., Dalton, 413-684-0100, ext. 161.

Caregiver Support: Open to all caregivers, facilitated by Joe Choon; 10 to 11:30 a.m., 2nd Tuesday, Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., 877 South St., Suite 4E, Pittsfield, 413-499-0524; 1 to 2:30 p.m., 3rd Wednesday, Claire Teague Senior Center, 909 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-1881, 413-499-0524; 1 to 2:30 p.m., 4th Thursday, Spitzer Senior Center, 116 Ashland St., North Adams, 413-662-3125, 413-499-0524.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence Drop-In: For survivors of domestic violence, 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield. Contact Destiny, 413-499-2425.

Transitions: For people who have or are currently having housing issues because of relationship violence or its effects. Support and resources & art activities, 10 a.m. Mondays, Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Heather, 413-499-2425.

Women Warriors: Peer support, resources, and social activities for survivors of domestic or sexual violence, 2-4 p.m., Fridays, Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Linda P., 413-499-2425.

EATING DISORDERS

Eating Disorders Anonymous: 12-Step Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Berkshire Bank Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield. Contact Jen at pittsfieldeatingdisorders@gmail.com.

Overeaters Anonymous: 12-step meeting, Wednesday, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Berkshire Bank, Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield; Friday, noon to 1 p.m., Fairview Hospital, ambulance building, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

EMPLOYMENT

BerkshireWorks: Job club with Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, allows job seekers to expand their network of contacts and serves as a support group throughout the job search process, 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays, optional networking at 12:45 p.m., 160 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: 413-499-2220, ext. 154, or www.berkshireworks.org.

FAMILY

Berkshire County Chapter for Blue Star Parents: Open to all military parents: Reserves, National Guard or Active Duty; 7 p.m., 2nd Thursday, American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams. Info: Eileen Monyahan, emonyahan@gmail.com, 413-212-0445.

Berkshire County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Discuss challenges of raising grandchildren, resources, guest speakers, meals and child care provided, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every other Monday, First United Methodist Church, Fenn Street, Pittsfield; use the Pearl Street entrance. Info: Michelle, 413-446-8224, michellazzo@aol.com. or Genie, 413-447-7734, ebr914@Yahoo.com.

Conexiones Positivas-Latino Family Support Group: Family activities, story sharing, local resources & services. Children's activities in Spanish. Presented by Berkshire Children & Families, the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Elizabeth Freeman Center, 10 a.m. to noon, 3rd Saturday, BCF's Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Child care, transportation available. Registration/info: Reina Antunez, rantunez@berkshirechildren.org, or Maria Elisa Fuller, elisa@berkshireic.com.

Grandfamilies: Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/friends Raising Others' Children Support Groups. Third Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., The Commons Work Space, Helen E. James School, 16 Main St., 3rd floor, Williamsburg, enter on right side of building, follow signs. Fourth Wednesday, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Road, Route 20, Huntington, child care provided. Info: Pat Keith, 413-834-4073, patkeith@unitedarc.org.

nbCC's The Family Connection: Parent support group run by parents, connect with other parents on the joys and struggles of parenting while gaining parenting skills, 6 to 7:30 p.m, 4th Wednesday, UNO Community Center, 157 River St., North Adams. Info: The Family Place, 413-663-7588.

nbCC's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Support group for grandparents who are actively parenting their grandchildren, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, The Family Place, 61 Main St., Suite 208, North Adams. Info: 413-663-7588.

Parents Helping Parents: Share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents, free, confidential and anonymous, Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Location/information: 617-926-5008, ext. 102.

GRIEF

Grief Support: Facilitated by Chaplin Dennis Castella of Hospice of Western and Central Massachusetts, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Sweetwood Retirement Community, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. To register: Amanda Plaine at 413-458-8371.

Healing After Suicide Loss: Peer (survivor) facilitated. Meets the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Berkshire Children & Families, Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Peggy Morse, 413-441-6316, peggyf@verizon.net.

HospiceCare in the Berkshires: Free monthly drop-in support groups for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one; 1st Monday, 3:30 to 5 p.m., UCP of Berkshire County, 535 Curran Highway, North Adams; 2nd Wednesday, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext., Dalton; 2nd Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., HCIB, 877 South St., Pittsfield; 4th Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington. Info: 443-2994.

Loss Due to Substance Use: Meets 2nd Monday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., BMC Chapel, 725 North St, First Floor, Pittsfield. To register or request information, call BMC Pastoral Care Department at 413-447-2251 or HospiceCare at 413-443-2994.

Spouse/Partner Loss: No affiliation with hospice required, meets third Tuesday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St, Pittsfield. Register: 413-443-2994.

LGBTQIA

Berkshire Trans Group: Meets at 7 p.m. first Thursday, Yellow House Books, 252 Main St., Great Barrington; 7 p.m. third Thursday, Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire, 1089 Main St., Housatonic.

Families with Pride Parent Support Group: Bringing parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth together to share information and experiences to support their children. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Drop-ins welcome; child care and transportation available. Information: Lisa, 413-442-5333, ext. 262.

LGBTQ Support Group: For those in the LGBTQ community impacted by relationship violence or sexual assault. Safe & confidential, supportive atmosphere, optional creative arts and meditation. For time & meeting place: Jenn at 413-499-2425.

LUNG DISEASE

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): For patients, family members, caregivers, and friends of those affected by IPF and other Interstitial Lung Diseases, meets fourth Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., private dining room B, Berkshire Medical Center cafeteria, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Info: 413-684-5015.

MENTAL HEALTH

National Alliance on Mental Illness:
Free structured group for family members of someone living with mental illness facilitated by a trained family member. Meets second Thursday at 6:30 p.m., private dining rooms, Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Facilitators: Ed and Marsha Burniske.

Recovery International: A self-help, after-care method for persons suffering from nervous problems and fears, non-sectarian, meets at 2 p.m. every Sunday, Autumn Room, St. Mark's Church, West Street, Pittsfield; use Albro Street entrance.

OSTOMY

Ostomy Support Group:
Meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., third Wednesday, Berkshire Medical Center, Private Dining Room A, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

VISION

Low Vision Support Group: Held in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, meets first Tuesday at 3 p.m., Pine Hill Art Room, Kimball Farms, 235 Walker St., Lenox.

WEIGHT LOSS

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weight loss support group, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-442-3964, 413-442-0829.

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