local resources and support groups

Auburn University Domestic Violence Intervention Center : More Info Here
The overall mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Center is to eliminate violence in the lives of women and children. Specifically, the mission of DVIC is to provide direct services, such as shelter, hotline, and referrals, to battered women and their children, in times of need in the 5 county areas; and to assist them through counseling and advocacy, in leading violence-free lives. 

Auburn/Opelika Survivors of Suicide Support Group 

  • Online via Microsoft Teams 
  • Every first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm CST 
  • Have questions? Reach outBecky Adkins Boot aosurvivors@gmail.com 334-744-1104 

Find a Survivors of Suicide Support Group Near You : Find a Group Here

Auburn University Resources, Information & Support for Addressing Sexual Misconduct : More Info Here


 A support group for family and friends of alcoholics. 

  • Meets Monday evenings at 6 p.m. at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Auburn  
  • Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Opelika  
  • Thursdays at noon (for women only) at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn 

Contact: 334-745-8488 

Alcoholic Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous has a number of closed and open meetings in the area. Please call the number below for more information on meeting locations and times or visit their website. 

Contact: 334-521-2676 

Battered Women
 A support group for women who have been mentally or physically abused by their partner. Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Sponsored by the Domestic Violence Intervention Center. Child care is provided. 

Contact: 334-749-1515 

Meets each Thursday at noon in the third-floor day room at East Alabama Medical Center. 

Contact: Lactation nurses, 334-528-3709 

Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group
A support group for caregivers and those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. Meets the last Monday of each month at 12:30 pm – Opelika SportsPlex and the last Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am – Magnolia Place in Auburn. 

Contact: Leisa Askew, 334-749-5264 (ext. 215) 

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Support Group
A support group for people who live with Crohn’s Disease and/or Ulcerative Colitis. Caregivers and family members are also welcome. Meetings are at the EAMC Education Center in the Ivy Room at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.  

Contact: Danielle Smart, MaryDanielleSmart@gmail.com 

Chronic Pain
The Auburn Pain Group offers a 10-session therapy group using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to manage Chronic Pain. The sessions, which are FREE and take place over a 10-week period, are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8 in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church in Auburn.  

Contact: Doug Booth, 334-740-7999 

Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents who have lost a child. The group meets the first Thursday of each month at the EAMC Education Center. 

Contact: Jerry and Lynne Schwarzauer, 334-663-4141 

Colons and Semi Colons
Colons and Semi Colons is a group created to offer support, inspiration, hope and healing for people who have experienced or who are experiencing colorectal cancer. 

The group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the EAMC Education Center. 

Contact: Denise Pilato, denise.pilato@eamc.org 

Crisis Center
Confidential telephone listing and referral services are available from the Crisis Center of East Alabama. 

Contact: 334-821-8600 

Diabetes Focus Support Group
Meets quarterly. 

Contact: Diabetes and Nutrition Center, (334) 528-3265 

Grief Support Group
Open and free to Hospice families as well as the general public. Meets at the EAMC Education Center from 10-11 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month. 

Contact: Nana Daronatsy, 334-826-1899 

East West South AL… On the Wings of Butterflies… Our Lupus Family Unites. Group leaders/facilitators are Adrienne Jordan, Shtorie Sumbry, and Shelia Collis. The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the EAMC Education Center and offers education, advocacy, and support, and welcomes persons with arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and other related conditions.  

Contact: Adrienne Jordan, 334-497-0273 

Mended Heart
A support group for anyone concerned with heart disease and post and present cardiac rehab patients. It is a national organization supported by the American Heart Association. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the EAMC Education Center. 

Contact: Len Cochran, 334-887-3440 or Cardiac Rehab, 334-528-1694 

N.A.M.I. East Alabama
National Alliance of the Mentally Ill. Has 2 support groups. For families of the mentally ill, meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Bancorp South on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika. Open group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Bancorp South on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika. 

Contact: Joyce Cahela, 334-745-5611 or Stan Hollingsworth, 334-444-5011 

Ostomy Support Group
This group is for persons who have undergone procedures resulting in an ostomy (e.g., colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy).  

Contact: Julie Scanton, 334-528-8180 

Safe House
Offers a safe shelter for women who have been abused by their partner. 

Contact: 334-749-1515 

Teal Magnolias
Teal Magnolias is a gynecological cancer support and education group. Our mission is to support women who are going through the journey with ovarian, cervical, uterine or other gynecological cancers. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the EAMC Education Center.  

Contact: tealmagnoliasal@yahoo.com, 334-497-0417 

Victims and Family of Domestic Violence
 A support group for victims and family of domestic violence. For women only. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. (call for location). 

Contact: Carolyn, 334-749-1515. 

The East Alabama Chapter of Victims of Crime and Leniency provides support for victims of crime and their families. 

Contact: 800-239-3219