Support groups and community-based resources are subject to change. Please contact group or organization to verify service availability.
Substance Abuse, Misuse and Other Addiction
The following support groups and services are available in Rochester and surrounding communities.
NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator
A resource that provides a listing of treatment agencies and individual practitioners offering substance use disorder services, including evaluation (this is the first step to determine level of treatment needed), withdrawal management (detoxification), outpatient counseling, residential treatment, recovery supports and other services.
Support group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church, 180 Rochester Hill Road in Rochester.
Food Addicts in Recovery
Group meets each Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the First Floor Conference Room at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. For more information call Cathy Meal at (603) 350-0646.
HOPE (Helping Others Positive Encouragement)
HOPE is a peer self-help group for families of loved ones suffering from substance abuse. HOPE’s mission is to provide a safe and confidential environment for families suffering from addiction. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Peter’s Church, 88 Central Street in Farmington. For more information contact Lynn at (603) 817-6174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook/Circle of Hope.
Group meets on Saturdays at 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church, 63 South Main Street in Rochester. Click here for listing of meetings throughout the state.
Group meets on Thursdays from 7:15 – 8:15 pm at the First Congregational Church, 63 South Main Street in Rochester.
Southern New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
Organization provides a full range of services to help people recover from addictive disorders, regardless of ability to pay. For more information call (603) 516-8160 or visit dovernhtreatmentcenter.org.
Chronic Health Conditions
The following support groups are available to individuals living with a chronic health condition and/or their family members.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Network
The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Network provides caregivers with a variety of resources such as education, support, and counseling. The Network is a closed group. Visit www.facebook.com/adcsnetwork for more information or to request to join the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Network.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Carroll Room at Frisbie’s Community Education & Conference Center, located on the hospital campus. For more information call Hannah Jacoby at (603) 335-1770.
Brain Injury/Brain Tumor Support Group
Group provides support to individuals with a brain injury. Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church, 63 Main Street in Rochester. For more information call Ellen Edgerly at (603) 332-9891.
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is the web’s most trusted information resource for individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and their families. Our mission, as a leading authority on this topic, is to continually provide relevant, timely, and factual information about asbestos exposure and its causal links to mesothelioma cancer.
An advocacy organization dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with asbestos illnesses. They specialize in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. The services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members. For more information, visit the Mesothelioma Guide website.
Myasthenia Gravis Support Group
If you are a patient, caregiver, family member, friend or member of the medical profession, you are invited to participate, or learn more about myasthenia gravis (MG) and/or share your experiences with MG. Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the York Room at Frisbie’s Community Education and Conference Center, located on the hospital campus. To RSVP, contact Deb Correia at (603) 312-6294 or email@example.com. Follow the MG support group on Facebook or visit the Myasthenia website to learn more. Download the Myasthenia Gravis flyer .
NAMI for the Mentally Ill Support Group
Group meets on the third Monday of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the First Floor Conference Room at Frisbie Memorial Hospital (does not meet in July and August). For more information call Fran Reynolds at (603) 332-1064.
Parents Meeting the Challenge/NAMI-CAN
Group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the First Floor Conference Room at Frisbie Memorial Hospital (No group meetings in July and August). For more information call Carol Lemelin at (603) 664-2116 (Secondary contact is Lori Foster at 603-568-7280).
Parkinson’s Disease Group
Group meets on the third Monday of each month from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Belknap Room at Frisbie’s Community Education & Conference Center, located on the hospital campus. For more information contact Christie Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Josh Vance (email@example.com) at (603) 330-8952.
Loss & Grieving
Grief support resources can be downloaded here.
GAP – Grieving Assistance Support Group
GAP is for people in various stages of grief who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Meets on the first and third Monday of each month from 6:30 – 9:00 pm in the Belknap Room at Frisbie’s Community Education & Conference Center, located on the hospital campus. For more information, or to register, call (603) 335-7777.
Seacoast Pregnancy and Infant Loss Council
A support group for families who have experienced a loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death. Meetings are held every week for a 6-week period. The groups are facilitated by persons trained in pregnancy and infant loss.
The SPILC is a collaboration of the seacoast hospitals, represented by Exeter Hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and York Hospital.
To register or for more information, contact Sarge Dillon at (603) 330-7941.
The following services are available to individuals in need.
The Community Meal (Rochester)
The Community Meal is free and provided to residents in need on Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Grace Community Church, 57 Wakefield Street in Rochester. Please enter Church on parking lot side. Hosted by Frisbie Memorial Hospital.
Table of Plenty Community Kitchen
The Table of Plenty provides healthy, home-cooked meals for people having difficulty putting food on their tables. For more information visit thetableofplenty.org. Community Kitchens are available in three communities:
York, Maine – Tuesdays, 5 – 6pm at the First Parish Church, York Street
Berwick, Maine – Wednesdays, 5 – 6pm at Berwick United Methodist Church, Route 9
Kittery, Maine – Thursdays, 5 – 6pm at St. Raphael Church, Whipple Road