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.

Call Joann at 871-1009, email NAMI Charleston Area at or visit

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.

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

Contact Frank at 323-8893.

The Low Country Myasthenia Gravis Support Group meets 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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.

The Downtown Charleston Chapter of Adult Children of Alcoholics meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 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 Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free 12-step program for anyone with food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia.

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

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

Narconon seeks to help families learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get their loved ones help if they are at risk.

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

Support group for those with sarcoidosis meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Friday of every month.

Email or for more information. Meetings are held in the Medical University of South Carolina Colbert Building, Room EL 103 (parking available in the Jonathan Lucas Parking and Ashley Avenue garages).

The Summerville Tinnitus Support Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Hearing Care of Summerville at 208A E. 2nd North St. in Summerville.

Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the ears or head when no external source is present. The Summerville Tinnitus Support Group will offer the latest information, coping and stress-reduction techniques.

Contact group coordinator Lolli Haugh at 871-9669.