According to a study done by Colombia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), Teens that have ‘hands on’ parents who are engaged in their lives, supervising them, establishing rules and setting standards of behavior are at one-fourth the risk of abusing substances.
CASA’s research shows that things as simple as parents having dinner with their teens on a regular basis can lower the likelihood of abusing drugs and alcohol. In fact, when teens eat dinner with their families five or more nights a week, they are 50% less likely to try alcohol in comparison to teens that have dinner with their families two nights a week or less.
Talking with your teens and engaging with them can make a massive impact as well. According to www.teendrugrehabs.com parents who talk to their teenagers regularly about the dangers of drugs and alcohol lessen the chance of their child using drugs by nearly 42%! However, only 25% of teens say that they are actually having these conversations with their parents.
Get the Support your Family Needs in a Safe and Secure Environment
When a teen joins PDAP, we not only offer support for them but we offer support for their parents too. Substance abuse affects the entire family so it is important for both parents and teens to learn the skills necessary for overcoming substance abuse. When parents get involved in PDAP, it gives them a better understanding and appreciation of the challenges of using and abusing substances and what their teen is going through. The more parents understand, the easier the recovery process can be for teens.
You Are Not in this Alone – Leveraging Support from PDAP Staff & Parents
Raising a teen who is battling chemical dependency can be unchartered territory for many parents. When parents decide to internalize their family’s struggles with substance abuse, it can prevent them from getting the help that their family truly needs. At PDAP, parents have the opportunity to regularly meet with other parents who are facing similar challenges. This process is not only educational but it is often times therapeutic because they realize they are not alone. In addition, parents always have access to PDAP staff who can offer professional support on issues parents may be facing.
My child doesn’t want to go, what should I do?
All we ask is that your teen gives PDAP a reasonable try. If they really don’t appreciate the experience, then there is no obligation to continue. The last thing we want is for them to feel like they need to come because of their parents. If they don’t like the program, than we will help them find another resource.
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 your child joins PDAP, they are more than welcome to utilize our resources and meet with our staff as much as they need. The same goes for parents who want to participate in group meetings and counselor meetings. In the end, PDAP’s goal is to help your family overcome the effects of mind changing chemicals so your children can live healthy, happy, and sober lives!
My child doesn’t want me to come, is that ok?
We don’t require parents to be involved in PDAP 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, parents will feel more comfortable with relating with their teens.
3. Parents can’t support their teens if they don’t understand what they are going through.
4. Ninety percent of the time, parent meetings are separate from the teen meetings. The conversations in each meeting are kept confidential so neither the parents nor the teens are going to know what each other said.
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.