Grand Rapids & Kalamazoo, Michigan- Self-Help Meetings
This directory was last updated in March, 2007


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AIDS Partnership- Michigan: Self-help groups for people who have HIV+/AIDS, families, friends and the bereaved. For more information about services and support groups call (800) 872-AIDS or visit www.aidspartnership.org.

Alanon/Alateen/ACOA- Self help groups for people who have a relative or friend who has an alcohol problem.  Call Kalamzoo area- (269) 343-4328 & Grand Rapids- (616) 257-8089 for meeting times and locations.

Alcoholics for Christ:
For meeting times and locations in Michigan, visit www.alcoholicsforchrist.com.

Alliance for the Mentally Ill: For meeting schedules and more information, visit mi.nami.org.

Alzheimer’s Family Support Groups- Visit www.alzmigreatlakes.org for meeting times/locations and more information.

Anxiety Disorder Support Groups: For meeting schedules and locations in Michigan, visit www.anxietypanic.com/michigan.htm.

Anxiety Support Group for Adults: A weekly support group open to anyone who has a general anxiety problem. Every Wednesday 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anxiety Resource Center, 312 Grandville Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Phone 616-356-1614, website: www.anxietyresourcecenter.org

Anxiety Support Group for Teens: A monthly support group for teens who have, or think they may have an anxiety disorder. First Monday of the month, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Anxiety Resource Center, 312 Grandville Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Phone 616-356-1614, website: www.anxietyresourcecenter.org

Attention Deficit Disorder of Children & Adults (CHADD): Self help group for parents & professionals that deal with children with ADD. Visit www.chaddmi.com for meeting days & times.

Autism Society of Kalamazoo/Battle Creek
: Call (800) 628-6421 or visit www.asa-kal.org for county resources.

Autism Society of Michigan: Contact 800-782-0883 or visit www.autism-mi.org for state resources.


Beyond Affairs Network (BAN):  Support group for dealing with a partner's affair.  BAN is a non-profit, volunteer, grass-roots organization which provides men and women who are dealing with a partner's affair to come together for strength, insight and mutual support.  Visit BAN's website at www.dearpeggy.com or contact westmichiganBAN@excite.com for information on Michigan support group meetings.

Bereavement Support Groups: Self-help groups for people going through the bereavement/grieving process. Hospices typically have groups; visit the Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization at www.mihospice.org/find.vml to find a hospice near you.

Bereavement Support Groups (Compassionate Friends): The mission of Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age. For meeting time/location for Lansing, call toll-free 877-969-0010; for more information about Compassionate Friends, visit www.compassionatefriends.org.


Cancer Support Groups: Call American Cancer Society, Grand Rapids, 616-364-6121 or Kalamazoo, 269-349-8719 or visit www.cancer.org for support group meeting times and locations.

Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia:
Visit the Michigan website at www.cfs-fms-michigan.net

Chronic Pain Association: Self -help for people with chronic pain to cope with their situation (pain that lasts six months or longer). Contact the American Chronic Pain Association at (800) 533-3231 for the time/location of a meeting near you. Visit www.theacpa.org for more information about the association.

Cocaine Anonymous: A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to overcome their common problem. Visit www.camichigan.org to access contact numbers and meeting times.

Codependents Anonymous: Visit www.codependents.org for more information about CoDA support group meetings in Michigan.

Community Recovery: For men, women, children, teens and families who desire freedom from the hurts, habits and hang-ups that keep them stuck. Whether the struggle relates to substance misuse, unhealthy relationships, shame, anxiety or fear, this is a place where transformation can occur. Join us as we Twelve Step with Christ. There’s food, fellowship, worship, bible study & support. Wednesday's at The Vineyard Church, 4700 East Beltline Ave., Grand Rapids: Adults 19 & up: 6:00-6:30pm – Free meal and fellowship; 6:30-7:30pm – Worship, prayer, teaching; 7:30-8:30 pm – Bible Study and support (groups include recovery bible study, women’s issues, men’s issues, relationship recovery, traditional 12 step meeting). Children and Teens: 0-18: 6:00-6:30 pm – Free meal and fellowship with family; 6:30-8:30pm – Worship, prayer, small group discussions, teaching, mentoring, play (using 12 step model). Friday's at New Community Church, 2340 Dean Lake NE, Grand Rapids: Dinner at 6:15pm, Worship at 7:00pm, groups at 8:00pm and desert at 9:00pm. For more information contact Leslee Fritz, (616) 560-5625 or visit www.vineyardnorth.com/recovery or www.nccwm.org.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous: For times and locations of meetings in Michigan, visit www.ceahow.org.

Compulsive Hair Pulling/Skin Picking: A monthly support group for adults who have Compulsive Hair Pulling, Skin Picking and Nail Biting problems. First Tuesday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anxiety Resource Center, 312 Grandville Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Phone 616-356-1614, website: www.anxietyresourcecenter.org



Deaf & Hard of Hearing Support: National Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH). For more information visit www.mi-shhh.org.

Debtors Anonymous: Visit www.debtorsanonymous.org for more information about DA.

Depressed Anonymous: Visit www.depressedanon.com for meeting times in the U.S.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance: Peer- led support groups. Visit www.dbsalliance.org for a meeting time/location near you.

Divorce Support Groups: Self-help meetings for separated, or divorced persons in Michigan. Visit www.divorcesource.com/groups/michigan.shtml


Eating Disorders Support Group- Self help group for people who are dealing with eating disorders, families and friends too.  Meets 7:30PM Mondays at Forest View Hospital Community Room, 1055 Medical Park Drive, Grand Rapids.  Call Gail (616) 954-3135.

Emotions Anonymous:  A self-help group shares experiences, hopes and strengths with each other using 12-Step program to gain better emotional health  Visit www.emotionsanonymous.org or www.earegion5.com for general national & regional information or http://allone.com/12/ea/ for EA meeting times and locations.



Families Anonymous:
Self-help & 12 Step groups for families coping with a drug/alcohol and behavioral problems in the family. Call (800) 736-9805 or visit www.familiesanonymous.org for a meeting time and location near you.

Fathers & Children, National Congress of:
Self-help group for the rights of children of divorce to have equal access/parenting from both parents. Call the national office at (800) SEE-DADS or visit www.ncfc.net/ for a meeting time/location near you.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Are you underweight? Overweight? Obsessed with food, weight, or dieting? Our program of recovery is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. We make use of AA principles to gain freedom from addictive eating. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings. Membership is open to anyone who wants help with food. Visit www.foodaddicts.org/ for a meeting time/location near you.


Gamblers Anonymous: Click here for the meeting times and locations for the 40 Gamblers Anonymous groups in Michigan.

Gambling Help Support Group: Compulsive gambling addiction support for those who have a problem with gambling and for those who know a friend or family member who may have a compulsive gambling addiction problem. To access this online chat room, go to Yahoo groups at groups.yahoo.com and type in: gamblenomore2007.

Gays & Lesbians, Friends, Parents & Family Support Group (PFLAG): For meeting times and locations, visit www.pflag.org.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program:
Nazareth Complex - 3299 Gull Road, 4th Floor, 2nd Wing, Kalamazoo. For more information call (269) 384-8054, (800) 745-5861 or contact stoutjo@msu.edu.

Grief Support Groups: Self-help groups for people going through the bereavement/grieving process. Hospices typically have groups; visit the Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization at www.mihospice.org/find.vml to find a hospice near you.

Grief Support Group (Compassionate Friends): Self-help group for parents whose child has died. For more information, visit www.compassionatefriends.org.


Herpes Support Group- For information about the National Herpes Resource Center, visit www.ashastd.org/hrc/index.html

Hoarding Recovery Support Group: Monthly support group for adults who have trouble with Compulsive Hoarding. Third and Fifth Tuesday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anxiety Resource Center, 312 Grandville Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Phone 616-356-1614, website: www.anxietyresourcecenter.org


Infertility Support Group (Resolve of Michigan): Peer-led groups providing people with opportunities to meet others who are experiencing infertility, form friendships, build a support system, and gather information and knowledge. These are non-professional led, informal disucssion groups. For information, visit www.resolveofmichigan.homestead.com.

Interracial Family Support: Support groups for interracial and intercultural families. Visit www.webcom.com/~intvoice/advocacy.html for information about support groups nationwide.



Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan: Education & information group for parents & professionals & support groups for parents. For more information, contact 888-597-7809 or visit www.ldaofmichigan.org/.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Kalamazoo County Chapter, 126 East Kilgore Road, Portage, MI 49002, (269) 381-6233. Visit www.madd.org for national and local information.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Kent County Chapter, 1011 40th Street SE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids MI 49508, (616) 456-6233. Visit www.madd.org for national and local information.



Nar-Anon Family Groups: Self help groups for families and friends of people with substance abuse problems. Visit www.nar-anon.org/naranongroups.htm for Michigan meeting locations or general information.

National Association for the Physically Handicapped (NAPH):
  A support group for people with physical disabilities focusing on improving the social, economic & physical welfare of all the physically handicapped. For more information, visit www.naph.net

Nicotine Anonymous:
Visit http://nicotine-anonymous.org for up-to-date listings of meetings in the state.

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Michigan: Visit www.ocfoundation.org for information about statewide and nationwide programs.

Obsessive-Compulsive Adult Support Group: A bi-monthly support group open to people who have, or think they may have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anxiety Resource Center, 312 Grandville Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Phone 616-356-1614, website: www.anxietyresourcecenter.org

Overcomers Anonymous: Support groups that use the Bible and the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to minister to individuals who are affected by alcohol, mind altering drugs, sexual addiction, gambling, food and other compulsive behaviors or dependencies. Family members are welcome to meetings. Contact (800) 310-3001 for meeting times in Michigan or visit www.overcomersoutreach.org for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous: Visit the OA website at www.oa.org/meetings/find-a-meeting to find a current meeting near you.



Parents of Children with Any Disability: Contact Family Support Network of Michigan, 800-359-3722 or visit www.projectfindmichigan.org.


Recovery, International (formerly, Recovery, Inc.).: Recovery International is an organization that helps people dealing with stress, anxiety, tension, or general psychological distresses to help themselves. Through peer-lead meetings, telephone meetings, and online forums, people who attend Recovery meetings can change the thought processes behind actions and attitudes towards situations. Meetings are confidential and there is no required fee to attend. Meetings are held on Monday mornings from 11:00 to 1:00 and Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the First Congressional Church, 129 S. Park Street in Kalamazoo. For more information about the Kalamazoo meeting, contact Fran at 344-9143 or jerrfran@sbcglobal.net. Visit www.lowselfhelpsystems.org for more information about Recovery International..



S-Anon: Self help groups for people who are being affected by another person's sexual addiction. Call (586) 997-7518 for meeting times/locations or visit www.sanon.org for more information.

Schizophrenics Anonymous: The mission of Schizophrenics Anonymous is to add the element of self-help group support to the recovery of process of people suffering from schizophrenia. To determine the time and location of meetings in Michigan, contact (800) 482-9534 x109 or visit (www.nsfoundation.org/sa/index.html)

Secular Organization for Sobriety:
Self help group for people who have a drinking or drug problem; not a spiritual group. Visit www.cfiwest.org/sos/asp/find.asp for up-to-date meeting locations and times for Michigan.

Sex Addicts Anonymous: Call ISO of the SAA office at (800) 477-8191 or visit www.sexaa.org for meeting times and locations.

Sexaholics Anonymous: Visit  www.sa.org for general information and for how to find meetings in Grand Rapids.

Smart Recovery : An alternative to AA & NA meetings. Visit  www.smartrecovery.org for general information and for how to find meetings in Kalamazoo.

Smoking Cessation: State of Michigan Tobacco Quitline- Free nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are offered by the Michigan Department of Community Health for tobacco users who enroll in free cessation services through the Michigan Tobacco Quitline. The tobacco quitline can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-784-8669. The quit program also provides personal coaches to help develop individualized quit plans. The coaches provide ongoing support with up to five telephone sessions around the caller's quit date. Spanish-speaking coaches are available. The program is available to all callers 18 and older, regardless of income or insurance status. Website: www.michigan.gov/tobacco

Smokefree.gov: A website created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute offers an online step-by-step cessation guide, local and state telephone quitlines, NCI's national telephone quitline, NCI's instant messaging service and publications, which may be downloaded, printed, or ordered. Visit: smokefree.gov

Stepfamily Association of America: Visit www.saafamilies.org for a meeting near you.

Stop Smoking (Freshstart): American Cancer Society. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 for information on services or visit www.cancer.org for more infomation.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance: Tomorrow's Child/Michigan Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the lives of newborns and healing families, one day at a time. and is a resource for grief support, risk reduction, and community education, leading the effort to provide information and assistance to families and the medical community. Call 800-331-7437 or visit www.tomorrowschildmi.org for more information.

Survivors of Suicide Support Groups:
Gryphon Place, 1104 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo. Contact Judy Whitehurst, (269) 381-1510.
Park Congregational Church, 10 Park Place, NE, Grand Rapids. Contact Ethel Burcek, (616) 554-3265.
Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 973 W. Norton, Muskegon. Contact Joan Grover, (231) 766-0064.
Visit www.survivorsofsuicide.com for more information.



Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Helps overweight persons attain and maintain their goal weights. Promotes a sensible approach to weight control. Discussion & programs to provide support & motivation. Visit www.tops.org for meeting locations & times in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Portage, Wyoming.

Tourette Syndrome Association:  Self-help group for families with tourette syndrome and associated disabilities such as attention deficit disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder.  Contact the Michigan Chapter at (248) 641-8725 for more information about local resources. Visit www.tsa-usa.org/ for information about the national organization.


Widow(ers) Support Group: Hospices typically have support groups for widows(ers); visit the Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization at www.mihospice.org/find.vml to find a hospice near you.

Workaholics Anonymous:
The website of W.A., www.workaholics-anonymous.org, includes information on program literature, W.A. meetings, the W.A. Book of Recovery, conferences and newsletters, and how to contact the organization.




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