Support Groups

Support is an important part of treating the emotional aspects of illness. For more information on these groups, many of which are ongoing, please call the telephone number listed.

Which Emerson Hospital support group are you looking for today?

Addiction Support Groups 

 

Partial Hospitalization (full day) Program 

978-287-3520
Weekdays: 9:00 am—3:00 pm

The full day program includes four groups per day four days per week, and on Wednesdays consists of two groups plus a presentation from a representative from Alcoholics Anonymous and a mid-day visit to a local AA meeting.

Half-Day Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

978-287-3520
Weekdays: 9:00 am—11:30 am
Weekdays: 12:30 pm—3:00 pm

The half days consist of two groups per day and is integrated into the full day group program.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday: 7:30 pm—8:30 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am—10:00 am

Emerson Hospital Cheney Conference Room 

Al Anon

Sunday: 10:30 am—11:30 am

Emerson Hospital Donaldson Conference Room
No registration required
(Note: This is a step meeting. Parking is validated.)

Narcotics Anonymous 

Sunday: 7:30 pm—8:30 pm

Emerson Hospital Donaldson Conference Room

SMART Recovery

1-866-951-5357
Monday: 7:00 pm—9:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 pm—9:00 pm
Sunday: 6:30 pm—8:00 pm

Emerson Hospital Cheney Conference Room
No registration required.

Cancer Support and Education Services  


Adult Grief Support: Loss of a Loved One Due to Illness

855-774-5100
Where: Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building, 1st floor, Emerson Hospital

This eight-week support group is for any bereaved adult mourning the loss of a loved one due to illness. This group, for adults, will provide participants a safe place to explore and share their grief, make connections with others experiencing similar losses, and foster coping skills along the grief journey. Sessions will be led by a seasoned bereavement social worker with Care Dimensions. Please call for dates of next session. This program is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Please call the Care Dimensions’ Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing at 855-774-5100.

Cancer Rehabilitation Programs

978-287-8200
Individual Therapy — Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy

Comprehensive evaluation and specific exercise prescription tailored to individual needs. A physician referral is needed.

Be Strong Cancer Exercise Group
Tuesday & Thursday: 12 – 1 p.m. in Concord
Monday & Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Westford

This eight-week class is in collaboration with the Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies and the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital — Bethke. The class is under the direction of a qualified physical therapist and will help jump-start you on your way to fighting fatigue and improve your general well-being. The session is for eight weeks and has rolling enrollment. Please check with your physician to be sure you are able to participate.

$250 for one eight-week session. Classes are held at the Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies, 310 Baker Avenue in Concord, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 133 Littleton Road (Route 110), Suite 315 in Westford on Mondays and Wednesdays. For classes in Westford, please call 978-589-6850.

Cancer Support Groups

978-456-3532
The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden
Harvard, MA

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden offers several different cancer support groups, each with a specific focus: young women, in treatment, post treatment (day/evening), ovarian, living with metastatic cancer, caregiver, and caregiver and client. All support groups are free and require pre-registration. Please call 978-456-3532 x103 for information and registration.

Caregiver Support Group

978-287-3428
When: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6–7 p.m.
Where: Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building, 1st floor, Emerson Hospital

A support group for family, friends and caregivers — for people whose lives have been affected by cancer. This is an ongoing twice-a-month support group to discuss common issues, experiences and resources. This support group is facilitated by Eriko Takai Frank, LICSW. Please preregister by calling 978-287-3428.

Look Good Feel Better

978-287-3462
When: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., September 12, December 12
Where: Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building, 1st floor, Emerson Hospital

Look Good Feel Better, is a free, non-medical, brand-neutral national public service program created to help women currently in treatment for cancer to help patients improve their self-esteem, and thereby manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence. Cosmetics are supplied at no charge. Look Good Feel Better is a free program sponsored by the American Cancer Society and The Personal Care Products Council Foundation. Preregister by calling 978-287-3462 or for more information.

Melanoma Support

1-800-557-6352
The Melanoma Foundation of New England sponsors free support groups for melanoma patients, survivors and caregivers. Please call for more information.

Nutrition Wise for Cancer Survivorship

978-287-3462

2018 Dates: Wednesdays (4-5 p.m.) on March 7, June 6, September 12 and December 5

Where: Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building, 1st floor, Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA

Current nutrition strategies for preventing cancer recurrence will be discussed in this informal forum. Offered for individuals who have completed treatment and are striving for optimal eating habits. This program is free and led by Emerson Hospital dietitian Ena Sandler, MS, RD, LDN. Please preregister by calling 978-287-3462.

Oral and Head & Neck Cancer Support

978-287-3428
When: 1st Tuesday of every month, 6–7 p.m.
Where: Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building, 1st floor, Emerson Hospital

Are you struggling with your diagnosis? Searching for ways to cope with your disease? Join other patients to learn about resources to help with speech, swallowing, dental and the adjustment issues that may challenge you. Make connections with others with shared experiences. Group work is facilitated by Eriko Takai Frank, LICSW. Please preregister by calling 978-287-3428.

New Mothers Support Groups 

 

New Mothers Group, in conjunction with First Connections

The New Mothers Group is a place for new mothers to come with questions and concerns or to just meet and share experiences with other mothers. Join other new mothers and their babies who are also facing the challenges of these early months.

First Connections is a family support organization that provides comprehensive services to families with infants and young children. The First Time Mother’s Group at First Connections is a six-week group that offers new mothers support and education with a weekly topic. This facilitated group is free. For more information, and to find out when the next group begins, call 978-429-8284, or visit First Connections online.

Surgical Weight Loss Support Groups


Surgical Weight Loss Support Group

978-287-3532
Emerson Center for Weight Loss 
54 Baker Avenue Extension, Suite 101, Concord

The support group focuses on pertinent topics related to achieving success as a weight loss surgery patient. It also includes an open forum for patients to present, discuss and share personal stories and their journey with others within a safe and supportive environment.

If you plan to join us, please call to confirm meeting location and discussion topics. Support group sessions occur twice a month. Current dates and topics.

Surgical Weight Loss: Getting Started Information Session

978-287-3532
Cheney Conference Room, Emerson Hospital
133 Old Road Nine Acre Corner, Concord MA
*See schedule for additional locations

This free info session is the first step in our Surgical Weight Loss Program. Our surgeons and team will provide a program overview and describe your weight loss surgery options. You will receive detailed literature and a confidential questionnaire to fill out prior to an initial consultation.

Please call the Surgical Weight Loss Program at 978-287-3532 to register and confirm meeting time, location and discussion topics. When you enter the main lobby at Emerson, the information desk staff will be happy to direct you to the information session meeting room. View an upcoming information session schedule.

Surgical Weight Loss Post-Op Support Group

978-287-3532
Emerson Center for Weight Loss
54 Baker Avenue Extension, Suite 301, Concord

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month; 12-1 p.m.

This support group is for all post-operative patients, no matter how far out you are from surgery. Topics of discussion will vary from emotional eating to surviving the holidays. If you are struggling, or just want some support from your peers, please join us. This group is run by Judy Castelluccio, our new behavioral health professional.

Other Support Groups


Aphasia Conversation Group

978-287-8246

This group provides an opportunity for people with aphasia to work on their communication skills in a fun, interactive and supportive environment. Sessions are facilitated by a speech language pathologist with special topics such as music and the arts, technology, community service and more.

Cost: $100 for 6 sessions. To register, please call 978-287-8246 or email Colleen at codowling@emersonhosp.org

Parkinson’s Support Group

978-369-0419
First Monday of the month: 2:00 pm
Meets at Newbury Court, 80 Deaconess Rd, Concord, MA

The Parkinson’s support group provides information and emotional support for Parkinson’s patients, their caregivers and family members. Meetings focus on learning more about the disease, its manifestations, emotional aspects and how to deal with symptoms. Each meeting includes an exercise period followed by informal discussions and exchanges of information and experiences, or presentations by guest speakers. Please contact Jared Rardin, 978-369-0419 for further information.

Pulmonary — Better Breathers Club

978-287-3715
Third Thursday of the month: 12:00 pm

  • Meets in Cheney Conference Room B — Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass.

The Better Breathers Club is open to anyone who is living with lung disease and their family and friends. In addition to its function as a support group, the Better Breathers Club also hosts informational lectures on a range of topics. There is no cost to attend and refreshments are provided. Many patients participate in the Better Breathers Club to help cope with lung disease.