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Support Groups

The following programs are provided by a variety of agencies and organizations and are available to the public.


The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Call (217) 241-8491 for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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. Call (217) 525-5795 for more information.

"Always In Our Hearts" Grief Support Group

Call (217) 788-4663 or visit Memorial Home Services for more information.

    First and third Tuesdays 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Memorial Medical Center, Springfield), first and third Mondays 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Passavant Area Hospital, Jacksonville), and second and fourth Mondays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Taylorville)

Anorexia/Bulimia Support Group

Child care available for a nominal fee. Call (217) 793-1500 for more information.

    Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
    Therapy Center, 2061 Timberbrook Drive, Springfield

Autism Society Parent's Support Group

For parents raising children on the autism spectrum. Call (217) 206-7246 or (217) 561-1159 for more information.

    First Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Noll Medical Pavilion, 5220 S. Sixth Street Road, Room 1800, Springfield


Bariatric Surgery Support Group

The LAP-BAND support group meets the first Tuesday of each month, and the gastric bypass surgery support group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call (217) 788-3948 for more information.

    Memorial Medical Center

Bereaved Parents of Springfield

A nondenominational self-help group for bereaved parents and siblings Call (217) 691-4906 for more information.

    Third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave., Springfield

Celebrate Recovery

A 12-step program with a Biblical base. Child care available. Call (217) 787-1446, ext. 212 for more information.

    Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Hope Church, 3000 Lenhart Road

Children Working on Social Skills

For 8-13 years of age. Individuals are screened for appropriateness of group. For more information: Contact Sandy Vicari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at SIU School of Medicine, (217) 545-7671

    Every other Tuesday, 4 p.m. Noll Medical Pavilion, 5220 S. Sixth St., Springfield

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Central Illinois

Weekly support group open to people interested in, or affected by depression or bipolar disorder. Call (217) 525-1064 or e-mail for more information. Read some frequently asked questions about DBSA.

    Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    First Christian Church, 700 S. 6th. Street, Springfield (downstairs Fellowship Hall)


Divorce Support

Broken Promises (14-week program for parent and children during divorce grief process)

    Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Springfield (217) 546-4531
    Westside Christian Church, Springfield (217) 793-2800

Gamblers Anonymous

For friends and family affected by another's gambling.

    Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Open meeting last Wednesday of the month.
    First United Methodist Church West, 2941 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield

Grief Support Group

A support group for adults who have had any significant loss. Call (217) 525-5675 for more information.

    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    St. Clare Annex


GROW is organized, friendly help. It is based on mutual-help groups, friendship, leadership and mutual education. People come to GROW with diverse problems in living, such as mental health issues, emotional troubles, or difficulty coping with grief, loneliness, anxiety or stress. Call (217) 638-9394 for more information. GROW is held at:

    Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Laurel United Methodist Church, Room 200, 631 South Grand Avenue West, Springfield

Heart Failure Support Group

Call (217) 757-4259 for more information.

    Second Wednesday of each month

Heart Support Group

Support group for patients diagnosed with heart failure, cardiomyopathy or weak pump syndromes and their families. Call (217) 544-6464, ext. 67827 for more information.

    Dove Conference Center, Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's Hospital, Springfield

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family Support Group

Support group for family, friends and people with mental illness. Call (217) 891-5570 for more information.

    Third Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m.
    First Christian Church, 700 S. Sixth St., Springfield

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is held at two locations:

    Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m., 1322 S. 11th St., Springfield

    Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Recovery Way Building, 523 North Grand Ave. E., Springfield

Out of the Blue Postpartum Depression Group

A monthly support group for women suffering from postpartum depression. Learn facts concerning PPD, meet with other women and explore positive ways to cope. Registration required. For more information: (217) 744-BABY

    Second Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m.
    Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children's Center Parent Helpline conference room.

Stroke Support Group

Call (217) 788-3461 for more information.

    Second Saturday of each month

Survivors of Suicide

SOS is a support group for family and friends of those who have died as a result of suicide. Call (217) 525-5675 for more information.

    First, second and third Tuesday, 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    St. Clare Annex

Teens Working on Identity Issues and Relationships

For ages 13-18; individuals are screened for appropriateness of group. Contact Sandy Vicari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at SIU School of Medicine, at (217) 545-7671 for more information.

    Every other Wednesday, 4 p.m.
    Noll Medical Pavilion, 5220 S. Sixth St., Springfield