What is Peninsula Recovery Education Center?
Peninsula Recovery Education Center (REC) is a place where people who struggle with mental illness develop their own programs to enhance and support their recovery. The REC, a part of Peninsula Outpatient Services, provides a place for learning and support with students and trained staff. Sessions are eight weeks long. Classes meet five days a week, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Snacks and lunch are provided.
What is Recovery and How Can I Join?
Recovery is a personal journey that demands attention and effort on the part of the student. The REC teaches four aspects of recovery: physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological. The REC gives students opportunities to be the guiding force in their own recovery. They are also encouraged to offer support and help facilitate recovery of their peers.
You must be at least 18 years old to participate in Peninsula REC, and referrals are necessary. The REC accepts TennCare as payment. For more information about joining REC and payment options, call 865-374-7151.
What Classes are Offered?
Peninsula REC requires two classes:
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which strengthens recovery by giving students tools to identify potential problems, formulate personal crisis plans, and maintain wellness, and
Job Readiness. In this class, a job specialist provides participants support in re-entering the workforce.
Additionally, there are other classes which support the recovery process. A typical day begins with Physical Wellness, a 30-minute deep breathing and stretching class, then Serenity Circle, in which a daily devotional is read and the group discusses the reading. This group ends with the Serenity Prayer. After lunch, participants may hear Tales of Recovery, inspirational accounts of students’ and/or staff members’ personal recovery stories.
Other classes may be selected to help students meet their treatment goals. Some of the classes have to do with learning about and recovery from addiction and addictive behavior. Many classes are led by Peer Support Specialists who understand the challenges of living with mental illness and addiction, and who are themselves models of recovery.
Some classes address distorted thinking that occurs as a result of living with addicted persons or personal addiction. These issues are explored in Co-Dependency Class, and Double Trouble, a class for individuals coping with a co-occurring disorder, such as recovery from a chemical or alcohol addiction and a diagnosis of mental illness.
Some classes address the emotional aspect of recovery, such as anger management, understanding medications, guided imagery and relaxation, life skills, and studio art and drawing. Students also can develop friendships that support the development of personal insight and self knowledge in classes such as Picking up the Pieces (coping skills after hospitalization), Women’s and Men’s Group (single-gender forums for discussing issues openly), Problems Anonymous, and Tolerance for Differences.
Additional help through Career Development is available for those who want to gain specific skills or pursue employment.