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Adult Children of Alcoholics:
Meets Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., St. John's Church, upper room, 35 Park St., Williamstown, use middle-door entry. Info: David, 617-877-1691.

Al-Anon Meetings:
Strength and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers and addicts. Meeting schedule: 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 and depression, and those who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused. Free; child care. Sign-ups 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 second and fourth 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 using 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 might 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 Tuesday, 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 Association of Massachusetts: Support groups for people and family members affected by traumatic or acquired brain injury; second Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., BIA-MA at Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, fifth floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; Northern Berkshire Brain Injury Support Group, fourth Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m., BFAIR, 771 South Church St., North Adams, 413-443-0200; men's group, second Friday, 1 to 3 p.m., BIA-MA, 180C Elm St., Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; Southern Berkshire Brain Injury Support Group, 4 to 6 p.m., third 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. first Tuesday, 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. first Tuesday, Hevreh of South Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. Info: Lori at 413-229-3621. No meeting in January, February and August.

Multiple Sclerosis Support: Meets from 5 to 6 p.m., third 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 and caregivers, 10:30 a.m., last Friday of month, Williamstown Savings Bank, lower-level board room, 795 Main St., Williamstown, 413-458-8427. APDA Resource Center, 800-651-8466.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: Mondays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; medical clearance required, $5 per session, fifth 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., first Thursday, Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 777 North St., fifth floor, Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Stroke Survivors: For survivors and caregivers, first Tuesday at 3 p.m., BMC Medical Arts Center, outpatient rehab gym, fifth 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, first 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.

BREAST-FEEDING

Breast-feeding Support: Offered by CHP and 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 and children welcome, fourth 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. Information: Laura Harner, 413-528-2810, ext. 20, lharner@berkshiresouth.org.

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

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

Fighting with Faith: For those impacted by cancer, meets third Sunday at 6 p.m. for conversation, healing Scriptures, prayer, friendship, First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., North Adams, 413-663-3780.

Multiple Myeloma: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including the northern Berkshires and eastern New York state), third Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., Community Resource Room, SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive, Bennington, Vt. Information: Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at svt@imfsupport.org or 802-375-5494.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: Meets from 4:30-5:30 p.m., first Wednesday, 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, second 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, fourth 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 people living with dementia; open to family caregivers. Both groups meet at 10 a.m., third Thursday, Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Registration required: Bobbie Orsi, 413-442-0907.

Caregiver Support: For caregivers, family and friends of people 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., second Tuesday, Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E, Pittsfield, 413-499-0524; 1 to 2:30 p.m., third Wednesday, Claire Teague Senior Center, 909 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-1881, 413-499-0524; 1 to 2:30 p.m., fourth 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 are having housing issues because of relationship violence or its effects. Support and resources and 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 to 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 at 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., second 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 and services. Children's activities in Spanish. Presented by Berkshire Children & Families, Berkshire Immigrant Center and Elizabeth Freeman Center, 10 a.m. to noon, third 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. First Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., R.H. Conwell Elementary School library, 147 Huntington Road, Worthington, light dinner & child care; 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, fourth 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 to 7:30 p.m., first and third 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.

Pregnancy Support Services of Berkshire County: Free and confidential counseling; maternity and infant furnishings and referrals; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 34 Depot St., Room 204, Pittsfield, 413-443-7351.

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, 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.

Loss Due to Substance Use: Meets second 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.

Monthly Drop-in Support Groups: Free groups open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one; first Monday, 3:30 to 5 p.m., UCP of Berkshire County, 535 Curran Highway, North Adams; second Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., HCIB, 877 South St., Pittsfield; fourth Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington. Info: HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 413-443-2994.

New to Grief: What to Expect: Free informational meeting to learn about the grief process and how to cope. Meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Williamstown Commons, 25 Adams Road, Williamstown. To register or for information: HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 413-443-2994.

Spouse/Partner Loss: Free drop-in group. No affiliation with hospice required. Meets Tuesday, Feb. 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m., HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St, Pittsfield. Register: 413-443-2994.

LGBTQIA

Berkshire Trans Group: Support/discussion group, 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+ youths together to share information and experiences to support their children. Facilitated by a licensed therapist and a parent with lived experience. Meets first Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Drop-ins welcome; child care, 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. Support and resources around healthy relationships, healing from past trauma, gender identity, sexuality, respect and trust, and sex, love and dating in small communities. Safe and confidential, supportive atmosphere, optional creative arts and meditation. For time and 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, from 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 people suffering from nervous problems and fears, nonsectarian, meets at 2 p.m. every Sunday, Autumn Room, St. Mark's Church, West Street, Pittsfield; use Albro Street entrance.

OSTOMY

Ostomy Support Group:
For all men and women who have had an ostomy. 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, every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-442-3964 and/or 413-442-0829.

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