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Although eating disorders affect such a vast number of people, the associated stigma causes most to feel isolated and alone in their illness. Our organization understands the significance that a community can offer individuals, providing them with a safe space where they can begin to heal therapeutically. As the only national organization in the country to provide free, weekly, clinician-led eating disorder support groups, these communities not only aid in decreasing isolation, but provide individuals with a sense of belonging. They offer an environment of acceptance that serves as a refuge for those who may feel misunderstood and also creates a community of care. The support groups offered at the Alliance allow group members to reach their full potential by working through the struggles of their illness in order to move forward into a life of recovery.

Frequently asked questions and more information about The Alliance’s support groups can be found here.

Please use the guide below to find local support groups. Please refer to our Facebook for any group cancellations or changes.

Virtual

Friends and Family

Friends and Family: Virtual Support for Loved Ones
Online: Zoom registration required.

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Friends and Family

Family and Friends Group, Wednesday Evenings

7:00 PM EST

Pro-Recovery

Pro-Recovery: Virtual Support for Adults 18+
Online: Zoom registration required.

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Pro-Recovery

Pro-Recovery Support Group, Monday Evenings

7:00 PM EST

LGBTQ+ Pro-Recovery Support Group, Wednesday Evenings

7:30 PM EST

Pro-Recovery Support Group, Saturday Mornings

11:00 AM EST

Friends and Family

Family and Friends Group, Wednesday Evenings

7:00 PM EST

Pro-Recovery

Pro-Recovery Support Group, Monday Evenings

7:00 PM EST

LGBTQ+ Pro-Recovery Support Group, Wednesday Evenings

7:30 PM EST

Pro-Recovery Support Group, Saturday Mornings

11:00 AM EST

Florida

Miami

St. Bede Episcopal Chapel at University of Miami
1150 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Miami

Thursday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

St. Petersburg

Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
2612 12th St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

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St. Petersburg

Wednesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

West Palm Beach

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
1649 Forum Place #2
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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West Palm Beach

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Wednesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Thursday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Saturday Mornings

10:00-11:30am

Tampa

Bayshore Presbyterian Church
1515 Bayshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629

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Tampa

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Maitland

Maitland Presbyterian Church
341 North Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751

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Maitland

Monday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Orlando

University Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
11648 McCulloch Road
Orlando, Florida 32817

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Orlando

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Miami

Thursday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

St. Petersburg

Wednesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

West Palm Beach

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Wednesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Thursday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Saturday Mornings

10:00-11:30am

Tampa

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Maitland

Monday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Orlando

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Indiana

Indiana

Alliance Support Group Space
3914 New Vision Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

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Indiana

Tuesday Evenings

6:30-8:00PM

Thursday Evenings

6:30-8:00PM

Indiana

Tuesday Evenings

6:30-8:00PM

Thursday Evenings

6:30-8:00PM

Louisiana

New Orleans

Rayne United Methodist - Epiphany House
3924 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

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New Orleans

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

New Orleans

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

New Jersey

New Jersey

Encouraging Kids Family Resource Center
281 Lawrenceville-Pennington Road
Pennington, NJ 08534

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New Jersey

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

New Jersey

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

New York

New York

Simple Studios NYC
134 West 29th Street, Floor 2
New York, NY 10001

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New York

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Tuesday Evening

7:00 - 8:30pm

New York

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Tuesday Evening

7:00 - 8:30pm

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Paoli United Methodist Church
81 Devon Road
Paoli, PA 19301

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Pennsylvania

Monday Evenings

6:30-8:00pm

Pennsylvania

Monday Evenings

6:30-8:00pm

Texas

Austin

Congregation Beth Israel
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756

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Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Don’t see one close by and interested in learning how to bring these Alliance communities to your hometown? Please email info@allianceforeatingdisorders.com for more information and to suggest a location for future groups. Check back often as we are opening many groups across the country this year!

Referrals

As a national leader for connecting individuals struggling to resources for recovery, The Alliance gives hope to more than 5,000 individuals in crisis every year. Our national, interactive database, www.findEDhelp.com, includes eating disorder treatment options at all levels of care. In addition, you contact The Alliance directly for referral assistance in finding eating disorder treatment options at 866-662-1235 or email us at info@allianceforeatingdisorders.com.

Educating Communities

Education is crucial in the quest to eliminate the shame and stigma that surrounds mental illness, particularly eating disorders. It is estimated that 30 million Americans will experience an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime. Early intervention leads to better outcomes. To be able to intervene, on any level, you must have a basic understanding of the disease. The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness offers an extensive array of outreach and education programs, including our national one day EDucational Training Days, addressing all eating disorders to health professionals/facilities, social services agencies/community organizations, and schools.

Health Professionals/Facilities

Given the high prevalence and severity of eating disorders, specialized training in early identification and treatment of eating disorders is essential. However, only a small percentage of medical and allied health professionals ever receive proper training. The Alliance has the ability to offer free presentations, with Continuing Education Units, for many licensed physical and mental health professionals. Goals for these trainings include how to screen, diagnose, and refer individuals for treatment. The training may be held at your facility.

Social Services Agencies / Religious Organizations

Approximately 30 million Americans will experience an eating disorder during their lifetime. Thus, the likelihood of someone, already utilizing your services, living with an eating disorder is probable. We can provide training for your staff or congregation to be able to further assist these individuals to find proper services and treatment.

Pre-Teens and Teens

We have developed programs suitable for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. Each of the programs is delivered by an Alliance staff member and is age appropriate for the audience. We can accommodate classroom groups and/or assembly style presentations at your location. Our focus for students is Body Image, Self Esteem, Social Media, and Eating Disorders. These programs are also suitable for camps, youth groups, and other student focused organizations.

College Students

Our presentations are appropriate for all undergraduate and graduate programs. We will work with each professor or campus organization to customize the training to the needs of the coursework or campus environment. The training is held at your facility.

Adults

Programming for the adult community varies based on the need and/or request of the audience. The Alliance maintains a library of over 75 presentations addressing a varity of issues as they relate to eating disorders. We will work with your group to individualize the educational components to be addressed in the presentation. The training is held at your facility.
Bring the Alliance to you

Florida Psychological Services

The Alliance created Psychological Services to increase access to care for the underinsured and uninsured. Critical to serving those in need, treatment costs are nominal and no one is turned away due to lack of funds. Our program does not restrict the amount of private sessions, with frequency and duration determined on a case-by-case basis, with most patients being seen once a week while other patients are seen multiple times per week.

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Southern Smash

Founded in November 2012 by McCall Dempsey, Southern Smash was created to fill a silent void in our society. Poor body image and negative self-talk have sadly become a cultural norm. Through its unique and empowering scale smashing event and SmashTALK panel discussions, the Southern Smash program aims to educate the public about eating disorders and empower individuals to celebrate and embrace true beauty and self-love. Southern Smash joined forces with The Alliance in mid-2019 to maximize its impact and work together to SMASH the stigma.

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Advocacy

The Alliance is committed to the improvement of education, outreach, treatment and research of eating disorders. Regular trips to Washington D.C. and state capitals, letter writing campaigns, phone calls/emails, and training of other advocates are utilized to help be voices for change. Join us in using your voice for change!

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