, Newburyport, MA

January 10, 2014

Health Beat: New group offers help for addiction

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The first meeting of the Freedom From Addictions Chalice Circle will be held Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in Newburyport.

The circle is a one-hour, weekly support group meeting for those with addiction and family and friends who are affected. Though it is not a treatment program, it will offer resources and information to help develop a recovery process.

The circle will be led by a facilitator and will include a chalice lighting, readings and discussion. Meetings are free and will take place every Friday at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St.

Groveland Boy Scouts host blood drive

Boy Scout Troop 87 of Groveland is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Central Fire Station in the Town Hall complex on Route 113.

Snacks will be served, and Scouts will be on hand to lend support to donors.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

In January, all presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit

A night of pampering in Newburyport

Healthcare Complete will offer complimentary nutrition and health screenings on Wednesday night from 6 to 9.

The evening will also include skin care consultations with LCM Skin Therapy; chair massages with Newburyport Massage Therapy and ReNew Mind, Body & Spirit; and sugar scrub hand treatment and foot reflexology with BC Essentials.

Food and drinks will be available, and door prizes will be given away. Registration is required; call 978-499-9355.

Healthcare Complete, a chiropractic and nutrition center owned by Dr. Jennah Dieter, is located at 260 Merrimac St., Newburyport.

Peer-led support for mental illness

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts a Family & Friends Support Group on the first and third Thursday of every month.

The peer-led group is for those who have a loved one dealing with a mental illness and offers understanding, support and resource information.

Sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the first Thursday of the month, they take place at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 62 Brown St., Haverhill, and on the third Thursday, they are held at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St.

For more information, email or

NAMI Northeast Essex also holds a Connection Peer Support Group, for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis, at Merrimack Valley Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on that group, email

Meetings to aid Alzheimer’s caregivers

A newly formed group for Alzheimer’s caregivers will meet tomorrow from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at SeaView Retreat in Rowley.

Those caring for a loved one with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairment diseases are encouraged to attend. Meetings will be held twice a month and will offer a safe place for sharing and educational resources.

SeaView is located at 50 Mansion Drive. For more information, call 978-500-2523 or 781-720-9046.

Red Cross looking for local heroes

Nominations are still being accepted for the 12th annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.

Hero categories include Enduring — a person who has made a difference in their community over a long period of time; Community — a good Samaritan involved with an event or project that benefits the community; Youth — a student who demonstrates leadership qualities; Workplace — an organization that demonstrates unusual commitment to the community; First Responder — a firefighter, police officer or EMT who has performed an act beyond the call of duty; and Military — a member of the Armed Forces who has acted above the call of duty.

All heroes must either live or work in the communities served by the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts or have committed a heroic act in the chapter’s service territory. Communities include Amesbury, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

To nominate a hero, visit Forms are due by Friday, Jan. 17, and the breakfast will be held March 20 in Danvers.


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