The Lupus Listening and Learning Group holds meetings on the second Monday of every other month. They are open to all lupus patients, family, friends and supporters in the Greater Charleston area.

January and February’s programs, “Balancing Your Body Chemistry,” will be presented in two parts by Dr. Diane Kamen. Part 1 will address challenges lupus adds to maintaining basic health. Part 2 focuses somewhat more specifically on potential body changes caused by lupus, managing medications and the importance of monitoring labs.

Part 1 will be 5:45-7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben St., Grace Hall Room 123. Part 2 will be 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 2 at Hampton Inn, Charleston-North, 7424 Northside Dr.

Kamen is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at MUSC.

For more, contact Alice Burress at 884-3949 or Michele Singletary ar 729-0289.


The Charleston Amputee Support Team meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital.

The meeting is open to all amputees, family and friends.

Contact Frank at 323-8893.

ACOA meetings

The Downtown Charleston Chapter of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Redeemer Presbyterian Church at 43 Wentworth St.

Meetings are open to all. Participants must be at least 17. Child care and handicapped accommodations are not available.

Holy Redeemer Church prohibits drugs, alcohol and smoking on its premises.

Call 577-3255 or e-mail

Food Addiction

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia.

Call 781-321-9118 or contact Lorraine P. at 242-8190.

Visit the website at

Meetings are held 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1293 Orange Grove Road, West Ashley.

Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Charleston Area, holds several support groups monthly for family members and friends of those with mental illness and for individuals recovering from a brain disorder/mental illness.

For information, call Joann at 871-1009, email NAMI Charleston Area at or visit

The meeting is open to the public.


Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk.

Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Contact 877-413-3073 or

Bereaved Parents

The Bereaved Parents of the USA support group meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at North Charleston City Hall, Interstate 26 at Montague Avenue.

Take the elevator to the second floor, exit to the right, and the meetings are in the break room on the left.

The group is a national self-help organization that offers support, care and compassion for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents following the death of a child.

Myasthenia Gravis

The Low Country Myasthenia Gravis Support Group meets 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the East Cooper Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive, Mount Pleasant.

Meetings are free and open to people who have been affected by MG and are interested in discussing the neuromuscular disorder, sharing experiences and receiving support from fellow attendees.

E-mail or call 388-1683.