What do support groups do?

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Support groups are like group therapy except that support groups may not have a trained therapist as a facilitator. Instead, support groups may be facilitated by individuals within the group or a trained volunteer. 

Support groups are especially helpful for people who seek community and want to connect with other people experiencing a similar issue. Support groups exist for nearly all kinds of issues, from substance abuse to grief to divorce. 

Costs for support groups can range from free, like with Alcoholics Anonymous, to a small fee. 

People often come and go to support groups as they need, whereas group therapy often requires a longer commitment.

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