What is Peninsula Recovery Education Center?
Peninsula Recovery Education Center (REC) is a classroom-based environment 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 REC members (students) and trained staff. Sessions are twelve weeks long. Classes meet five days a week, 9:15 a.m. – Noon or 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Snacks and drinks 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, and a limited number of SafetyNet, as payment. For more information about joining REC and payment options, call 865-374-7149.
What Classes are Offered?
Peninsula REC requires two classes:
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a structured system for monitoring uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviors and, through planned responses, reducing, modifying or eliminating them. It also includes plans for responses from others when you cannot make decisions, take care of yourself and keep yourself safe.
Job Readiness/Career Development supports the student by introducing them to the workforce or supporting them in re-entering the workforce or by meaningful volunteer work in their community.
Other classes would be selected to help students meet their treatment goals. Some of the classes have to do with learning recovery from addiction and addictive behavior. Many classes are led by Certified Peer Recovery 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, personal boundaries, understanding diagnosis/medications, guided imagery and relaxation, and life skills. 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.