Older Group provides a space for young adults to talk openly about topics that will affect their futures. Continuing education, entering the workforce, achieving independent lifestyles, and maintaining healthy-sober freindships are but a few of the challenges that group members can receive support from the group.
Preparing for College & Your Career:
Staying sober in college and the ‘real world’ is a lot different from high school. You won’t always have your parents, counselors, and friends around to support you. Instead, you will need to be more independent and understand the difference between being ‘told to stay sober’ and ‘wanting to stay sober’. While reinforcing the 12-steps, PDAP also will help equip you with the skills for living a healthy & sober lifestyle in these new environments. As you transition into college or begin your career, your peers in the PDAP Older Group will be a source of support for you when you need it. More importantly, you will be able to rely on the advice of your counselors who were once substance abusers themselves and thus know what it is like to battle addiction and attend college or start a new job. If nothing else, the Older Group will always be a safe and secure environment for you to come back to in times of need.
How do I get started?
There is no application or interview process for joining PDAP. Simply come to one of our Houston satellites to get started. If you are ready to make a change in your life, PDAP will be there for you on your journey to sobriety.
Is there a cost to attend PDAP?
PDAP is a 100% free program that is funded by the community. PDAP does not want money to get in the way of anyone who needs help and support with their recovery. Once you join PDAP, you are more than welcome to utilize our resources and meet with our staff as much as you need. In the end, PDAP’s goal is to help you get healthy, happy, and sober!
Is the Older Group the same as Younger Group?
The Younger Group is for teens who are 12-17 years old. The Older Group is for adolescents aged 18-25 years old. There is not only a difference between the ages in these two groups but also the activities. The group meetings and activities for the Older Group are designed for young adults who are transitioning into college and the work force.
Can I bring a friend?
Wanting to bring your friends is completely understandable. We want this to be a safe place for you. If your friend is ready to make a change then they are welcome to the PDAP experience. If your friend isn’t ready to make a change, then it will be difficult for you to gain anything out of the experience.
My parents are making me go but I don’t want to go. Should I still come?
All we ask is that you give PDAP a reasonable try. If you really don’t enjoy the experience, then there is no obligation to continue. The last thing we want is for you to feel like you are coming to PDAP as a form of punishment by your parents. If you don’t join our program, we will help you find another resource that will better meet your needs.
I don’t want to come with my parents. Is it cool if I come without them?
We don’t require your parents to be here but we certainly ENCOURAGE it for several reasons:
1. There is a higher chance of recovery when the entire family is involved.
2. By understanding what PDAP is, your parents will be less fearful of what you are doing. When parents are less fearful, they usually become less controlling.
3. Parents can’t support you if they don’t understand what you are going through.
4. Ninety percent of the time, your meetings are separate from your parents. We keep your conversations confidential so your parents aren’t going to hear what you say.
Will people find out I’m attending?
Your participation in PDAP is 100% confidential. Amongst the group, we have a policy of respect that says “This is a safe place. Who you see here and what is said here, stays here.” You are free to tell others that you attend but please don’t tell others who else attends. If you are in a public place, staff members will not acknowledge you unless you acknowledge them first, thus ensuring that your privacy is protected.