Saturday, 25 May 2019

Plymouth health briefs – MetroWest Daily News

Support groups at BID-Plymouth

The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, 275 Sandwich St. in Plymouth (formerly the Jordan Hospital), offers numerous support groups on a regular basis. Visit or call 508-746-2000 for details.

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. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership. Visit or, or call 508-746-5611 or 617-426-9444 for information and to find a meeting in your area.


For more than 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people. Alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship. Call 888-4AL-ANON or visit for details.

CleanSlate treatment center in Plymouth

In response to the growing opioid epidemic impacting the South Shore, CleanSlate Addiction Treatment Centers has opened its eleventh center within Massachusetts, at 110 Long Pond Road in Plymouth. CleanSlate is accepting new patients. Founded in 2009 to address to the growing opioid crisis facing Massachusetts, today CleanSlate is the largest, non-cash based provider of medication assisted treatment services with buprenorphine and extended release naltrexone in the commonwealth. As of May 2015, Plymouth had averaged one opioid-related overdose per day thus far this year. Within Massachusetts, there are now on average three opioid-related deaths occurring each day.

CleanSlate’s assistance was requested by BID-Plymouth hospital. CleanSlate Centers was founded in 2009 in response to the growing opioid epidemic facing the country. A network of outpatient addiction treatment centers, CleanSlate provides compassionate, effective, medication assisted treatment and related therapies for patients who have addiction and associated disorders using the highest quality, evidence based practices. Call 800-newstart or visit for more information.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 33,500 weekly meetings in over 116 countries worldwide. Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous program of the late 1940s, started as a small U.S. movement and has grown into one of the world’s oldest and largest organizations of its type. Visit for details or call 866-243-3578.


Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. Call 800-431-1754 or visit the site at

Debtors Anonymous

Compulsive debting is both a serious problem and an addiction. This involves credit cards and any other form of unsecured debting. DA offers recovery from compulsive debting. Meetings are held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the community room at Gleason Family YMCA, 33 Charge Pond Road, Wareham.

Compulsive gambling

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private, nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the social, financial and emotional costs of problem gambling. The Council provides information, prevention, education, advocacy and referral services for problem gamblers, their loved ones and the greater community. Visit for details. The Council headquarters is located at 190 High St., Boston, 617-426-4555; and there is a Helpline number, 800-426-1234.

Grief support groups 

Beacon Hospice, 32 Resnik Road, Plymouth, offers a variety of grief support groups that are open to anyone in the community who is experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. Groups offered are: Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Partner, Parent Loss for Adults, Loss of an Adult Child, Men Coping with Grief Breakfast Club. In addition to groups, one-to-one grief support sessions are also provided to any member of the community free of charge. For more information, call Scott Ciosek, M.Div., at 508-747-7222.

Dementia support group for caregivers

A support group for loved ones of patients with dementia will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at BID-Plymouth, located at 275 Sandwich St. The Senior Behavioral Health Center (SBHC) at BID-Plymouth support group is committed to providing positive support to all who attend. The intention is to be empathetic and accepting to all; confidentiality is the priority. For more information, contact Maryann Sweeney, SBHC activities coordinator. Visit for more information.

Hearing Loss Association

For information on The Hearing Loss Association of America Plymouth Chapter, go to or Sandy Spekman at [email protected]

Plymouth New Beginnings

Plymouth New Beginnings offers a safe place for single people to meet for mutual support. The group meets from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Plymouth Methodist Church, 29 Carver Road, Plymouth. All singles are welcome.

NAMI of Plymouth

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a nonprofit organization serving Plymouth and nine surrounding communities. NAMI sponsors a free Family to Family support group Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sgarzi conference room at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, 275 Sandwich St., Plymouth, for family members and caregivers of those living with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychiatric disorders. Call the Plymouth area NAMI at 781-829-7215 or Jean Albanese at 508-746-8094 with questions.

Parkinson’s Support Group

The Parkinson’s Support Group of Plymouth moved its monthly meeting to a new location. The group now meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Spaulding Outpatient Center at 1 Scobee Circle in the Plymouth Industrial Park. Formerly the group met at Comfort Keepers. John Allen, Ph.D., health psychologist with a special interest in Parkinson’s disease, will serve as co-facilitator of the group with David Banks, a clinical psychologist who was instrumental in establishing the group under the auspices of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Massachusetts chapter. For information about the Plymouth Parkinson’s Support Group, call David Banks at 781-871-0555.

South Shore OCD support group

The South Shore OCD Support Group holds regular meetings for adults, teens and children suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Parents of children, family and friends of adults are all welcome. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, at South Shore Mental Health, 64 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth. There is no cost and the building is wheelchair accessible. Call Barbara Lashley at 508-830-1630 for more information.

Therapy referral service

The Social Work Therapy Referral Service offers free confidential counseling referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 617-720-2828 or 800-242-9794.

Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community of MA-South Shore (CSC-MSS) offers a Participant Support Program for people living with cancer. The ongoing support group meets weekly at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at Cancer Support Community, 120 Longwater Drive, Suite 104, in Assinippi Park in Norwell. An initial screening is required. The Participant Support Group offers people living with cancer a safe place to connect, share and learn from one another. Open to people at any point in their cancer experience, the group is facilitated by a professional, licensed therapist. Registration and screening for the program is currently underway. If interested in learning more, call 781-610-1490 or email Gail Colton at [email protected]

Multiple sclerosis

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