Did you know that 40% of the teenagers who start drinking at the age of 15 will have substance dependency issues as an adult?
Building the foundation for a healthy and sober lifestyle through the 12-step program
Learning from those who have been in your shoes
Through peer support, PDAP encourages teens to help each other through the recovery process by sharing their experiences, strengths, and hopes. Peers who have been through what you are experiencing can understand you. This helps you AND them and also helps build lifelong friendships among PDAP members.
In addition to learning recovery by attending meetings, sharing with peers, and meeting with counselors, teens also come to PDAP to hang out, socialize with peers, do homework, and just have fun! Most of our members say that they never had so much fun!
How do I get started?
Come to a younger group meeting. Parents should also come to a parent meeting. During these meetings each will have some time in a “Newcomer Meeting” with another teen or parent to talk about why you are here and learn about PDAP. After attending a meeting, schedule an intake with our Clinical Supervisor where you will together form a plan to get going on your journey to sobriety!
Is there a cost to attend PDAP?
PDAP’s 12-step meetings, after-school activities and social functions are organized and staffed at no cost to you. PDAP’s counseling services are available with a generous sliding scale fee structure, as we do not want the cost of counseling to get in the way of your recovery and healing. PDAP’s goal is to help your family get healthy, happy, and sober!
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 need this program, we will help you find another resource.
I don’t want to come with my parents. Is it cool if I come without them?
We strongly urge parents to attend. You don’t have to arrive together, but if your parents really participate, you will be amazed at how much healthier your household can become.
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.