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Patients & Community

Support Groups

St. Peter's Addiction Recovery Center

Offers groups at various locations throughout the Capital Region.

Participants: Persons seeking Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, and Adult Children of Alcoholics groups.


  • Al-Anon Family Groups 518-292-0577
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 518-463-0906
  • Narcotics Anonymous 518-448-6350

ALS Support Groups

Participants: Persons with ALS and their families and caregivers

Contact: ALS office 518-525-1629

Bereavement Support for Adults
& Children

The Community Hospice offers many bereavement groups, free-of-charge, for both adults and children at all of its community sites.

Participants: Open to the community.


  • Community Hospice of Albany County 518-724-0200
  • Community Hospice of Amsterdam 518-843-5412
  • Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene Counties 518-943-5402
  • Community Hospice of Rensselaer County 518-285-8100
  • Community Hospice of Saratoga County 518-581-0800
  • Community Hospice of Schenectady County 518-377-8846

Cancer Care Support Groups

St. Peter's Cancer Care Center Information Line

Contact: 518-525-1547

THYCA (Thyroid Cancer Support Group)

Participants: For those individuals who have had thyroid cancer.

Contact: Leah Giordiano 518-439-2067

Cardiac Care

ICD Wellness Support Group

(Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator)

Participants: Patients with a history of ventricular arrhythmias or sudden death sydrome.

Contact: Linda Wagenknecht, RN 518-525-1106

Mended Hearts Support Group

Participants: Those who have had heart surgery or who have heart disease.

Contact: Pauline Kubizne 518-785-7816 or Anthony Demaso 518-459-9154

Eating Disorders & Support Groups

Overeaters Anonymous

Participants: Those seeking recovery and support from eating disorders.

Contact: 518-292-0666

Elder Care

Caregiver's Support Group

Co-sponsored with the Alzheimer's Association

Participants: Family members, caregivers and friends of people with dementia and/or other physical/emotional care needs.

Contact: Alzheimer's Association 518-438-2217

Ostomy Support

Capital Region Ostomy Association of NYS

Meeting on: the second Thursday each month (except for August and December) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: The American Cancer Society building, One Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110

Members include: ostomates, their friends, family members, past ostomates and pre ostomates. Some pre ostomates are just looking to talk to real people, others are life long members.

For more information, call: 518-371-8368 or 518-785-0025


Better Breathers Club

Participants: People with emphysema, asthma and/or bronchitis.

Contact: Alice Abrams 518-525-8422


New York State Smoker's Quitline

Participants: For individuals who are seeking counseling and support while trying to quit smoking. This service is available in both English and Spanish answers to your questions and referrals to local quit smoking support groups. 

Contact: 1-866-nyquits 1-866-697-8487

Nicotine Anonymous Group

Participants: Persons who are trying to stop or have stopped smoking and are looking for group support.

Contact: Maureen 518-368-6210

"The Butt Stops Here"

Participants: For individuals striving to quit smoking. Groups cessation programs are given at various locations throughout the Capital Region.


For classes at St. Mary's Hospital: call 518-268-5727 (St. Mary's Wellness Line)
For classes at St. Peter's Hospital: call is 518-525-1827 (Anne Lawton, Cancer Care Center)

Women & Children

Breastfeeding Support Group

Click here for the Breastfeeding Support Group meeting scheule.

Participants: Breastfeeding moms

Contact: 518-525-1388 for information

Perinatal Bereavement Support Group - CARES: Compassion, Aftercare, Resources, Education, and Support

Participants: Parents experiencing perinatal loss (miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, stillbirth, early infant death).

Location & Time: Meetings are held the first Thursday of every other month (i.e. odd numbered months) at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel at St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY. The chapel is located on the ground floor between the ER entrance and the Main entrance.

Contact: 518-525-1388 for time and location

Postpartum Peer Support Group

Participants: Mothers can share their experiences and offer support to one another.

Contact: 518-525-1388 for more information.

Post-Abortion Bereavement & Parents Support Group

Participants: Parents who have terminated a pregnancy for medical or genetic reasons.

Contact: Maureen Cavanagh, MS, RN 518-525-1872