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Support Groups

All support groups meet at the Peninsula Lighthouse campus at 1451 Dowell Springs Blvd. in Knoxville unless otherwise noted. Call (865) 970-9800 for more details.

BRIDGES (Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals Through Education and Support)

The Blount Peer Support Academy leads a facilitated BRIDGES support group for adults who have experience with mental health issues or substance use disorders. This group meets at the Peninsula Hospital Professional Building, next door to the hospital. Address: 2339 Jones Bend Rd., Louisville, TN 37777.

First, third, and any fifth Friday of the month, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Transportation may be available. Contact Peer Support Academy of Blount County at 865-970-1840.

Co-occurring Group

A peer-led support group for adults pursuing recovery who have both a mental health and substance abuse disorder. This group meets at First United Methodist Church of Maryville, lower level. Address: 804 Montvale Station Rd., Maryville, TN 37803.
Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact Peer Support Academy of Blount County at 865-970-1840.

Depression Anxiety Support Group

Open to ages 18 and older.  Free of charge.
Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Located at the Peer Support Academy – Sevier

Diagnostic Issues Group

Very broad group topics; suitable for most individuals.All insurances are accepted.
Mondays, 5 to 6 p.m. – Conference Room
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Room 262
Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. – Conference Room

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Group

Individual therapy required in order to attend group.
Mondays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. – Room 262
Wednesdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. – Room 262

Enhancing Recovery Wisdom Group

Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Conference Room

Managing Relationships Group

Do you have difficulty standing up for yourself or saying no? Do you feel like people always take advantage of you? Do you take care of other people but fail to take care of yourself? Do you try to make other people happy but are left unhappy yourself? Are you afraid to express your feelings for fear of hurting people’s feelings or not being liked?

Learn to use assertive communication to stand up for yourself, deny unreasonable requests, express opinions, ask for favors, accept or refuse invitations, initiate conversations and improve self esteem in order to improve all types of personal and professional relationships.  Skills in these areas reduce anxiety and depression and increase feelings of self worth. 

Tuesdays, 2 to 3:00 p.m. – room 262

New Beginnings Group

An outpatient group therapy session for adults with alcohol and drug abuse issues seeking support to maintain sobriety. The group focuses on strengthening relapse prevention skills, refining coping skills and building social supports. Requires referral from the therapist.
Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Teen Group

Topics include social skills, distress tolerance skills and emotional regulation.
All insurances accepted.
Tuesdays, 4 to 5 p.m.

Walking Our Way to Wellness (WOWW) Club

A walking support group for adults who have ever had a mental health and/or substance use disorder. The group meets at the parking lot across from the Blount County library.
Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
Contact Peer Support Academy of Blount County at 865-970-1840.

Women In Treatment Aftercare

Thursdays, 10 to 11 a.m

Women’s Only Group

Any female with diagnostic issues can attend. All insurances accepted.
Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. – Room 262