Support Groups

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

Please note: Many of these classes have suspended in-person sessions or moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to call before attending a scheduled meeting.

Addiction Support Groups 


Partial Hospitalization (full day) Program 

Weekdays: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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)

Weekdays: 9–11:30 a.m.
Weekdays: 12:30–3 p.m.

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

Alcoholics Anonymous

Saturday: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9–10 a.m.

Emerson Hospital Cheney Conference Room 

Al Anon

Sunday: 10:30–11:30 a.m.

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

Narcotics Anonymous 

Sunday: 7:30–8:30 p.m.

Emerson Hospital Donaldson Conference Room

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a program to help people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including alcoholism, drug abuse, and addiction to gambling and other activities.

T: 1-866-951-5357
Mondays: 7 p.m. — Introduction to SMART tools / 7:30-9 p.m. — Meeting
Fridays: 7-8:30 p.m. — Meeting
Sundays: 6:30-8 p.m. — Meeting
Cheney Conference Room, Emerson Hospital
No registration required

Cancer Support and Education Services  

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

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

The Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy for individuals recovering from cancer. You'll receive a comprehensive evaluation and specific exercise prescription tailored to your individual needs. A physician referral is needed. Please call 978-287-8200 for more information.

Cancer Support Groups

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden
Harvard, Mass.

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

When: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 6–7 p.m.
Where: Online. Please call for info on how to access the virtual meeting.

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

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. Look Good Feel Better is a free program sponsored by The Personal Care Products Council Foundation.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all in-person programs have been cancelled through December 2020. Click here for information on virtual workshops.

Melanoma Support

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


Emerson Hospital hosts "Finding Resilience, Finding Each Other", a monthly drop-in support group for women in treatment for metastatic breast cancer. The group is facilitated by Sharon Arkoff, LICSW. Sharon holds a master's degree in clinical social work with a specialty in health and aging. Her practice goals include support and education after a cancer diagnosis, and helping clients craft a roadmap for negotiating the journey through cancer. For further information and to register for the group, please contact Kerin Malley, oncology patient navigator, at 978-287-8173.

  • Where: Online via Zoom for the fall of 2020
  • When: First Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Nutrition Wise for Cancer Survivorship

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

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 pre-register by calling 978-287-3785. Please leave your name and a contact number so that we can follow up with you.

Oral and Head & Neck Cancer Support

When: Currently on hold; please check back or call for updated information.
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

Where: Emerson Center for Weight Loss, 54 Baker Avenue Extension, Suite 101, Concord
When: Currently on hold; please check back or call for updated information.

This support group focuses on pertinent topics related to achieving success as a weight loss surgery patient. It also includes an open forum for patients — both pre- and post-operation — 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 dates

Surgical Weight Loss Post-Op Support Group

Where: Emerson Center for Weight Loss, 54 Baker Avenue Extension, Suite 101, Concord
When: Currently on hold; please check back or call for updated information.

This support group is for all post-operative patients who are at least six months out 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, LICSW, our behavioral health professional.

Surgical Weight Loss: Getting Started Info Session

Where: Currently online only
When: Evenings — See schedule for dates and locations

At our free information sessions, our surgeons and staff provide a program overview and describe your weight loss surgery options. To learn more or register for an upcoming session, visit our info session website or call us at 978-287-3532.

Other Support Groups

Aphasia Conversation Group

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.

Click here to register. For more information, please contact Brenda at

Parkinson’s Support Group

When: First Monday of the month, 2 p.m.
Where: Meets at Newbury Court, 80 Deaconess Rd, Concord

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

When: Third Thursday of the month, 12 p.m.
Where: Meets in Cheney Conference Room B — Emerson Hospital, Concord

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.