Support groups are a great way for people to connect and build a community. They provide a safe space for individuals to come together and share their experiences, learn from each other, and find support. Many support groups organize social events, have guest speakers, and are often led by people with extensive knowledge of chronic illnesses. If you're looking for support groups or resources in North Central Texas, there are a few options available.
The North Texas Veterans Center is a 501 (c) (nonprofit) organization that helps veterans and their families get assistance, services, and support from public and private agencies. Connect to Care serves as a single point of access to long-term care services and supports in Dallas County. Connect to Care's Aged and Disabled Resource Center (ADRC) is committed to continuing to meet the needs of older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers in Dallas County during the COVID-19 crisis. The Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI) also provides support group information that is frequently updated with new contact and group information as they receive it. If you want to add a support group for people with chronic illnesses or update any information, you can email the OABI. The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH) also offers a Tip Sheet on Peer Support Services (PSS).
This Tip Sheet supports learning about the key aspects, functions, and uses of PSS in recovering from problematic substance use, helping providers, supervisors, and managers of SUD treatment programs to better understand these changes and to better respond to them. It's important to remember that patients should rely on personal, individualized medical advice from their qualified health professionals before requesting any information related to their particular diagnosis, cure, or treatment of a condition or disorder.