YOUNGER GROUP

Did you know that 40% of the teenagers who start drinking at the age of 15 will have substance dependency issues as an adult?

According to Colombia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), teens that use drugs and alcohol are at significantly higher risk of developing an addictive disorder in comparison to adults because the teen brain is more vulnerable to the physical effects of drugs. Nine out of ten people who meet the clinical criteria for substance abuse disorders began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before they turned 18.  Furthermore, if someone before the age of 15 begins using addictive substances, then they are 6.5 times more likely to develop a substance abuse disorder versus those who delay using substances until the age of 21 or older.

Building the foundation for a healthy and sober lifestyle through the 12-step program

As PDAP members work through the 12 steps, they learn to take ownership of their substance abuse and the way it has negatively affected their life as well as the lives of those around them. They learn to make peace with themselves and those who they have wronged in the past. As they achieve sobriety, they understand the importance of the right peer groups and becoming friends with those who help them grow, not those who tear them down. Most importantly, they connect with God and harness the power of prayer, meditation, and love, knowing that anything is possible in life.

Learning from those who have been in your shoes

Substance abuse can impact the lives of adolescents in so many different ways.  As PDAP members work through the 12-steps, they all endure unique experiences and learning lessons along the way.  As a peer-driven platform, PDAP encourages teens to mentor each other at different stages of the recovery process by leveraging the learning lessons from their past experiences.  This mentorship dynamic is a crucial component to the success of PDAP.  It not only helps members in their recovery process but it also helps build lifelong friendships between PDAP members.

ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNGER GROUPS

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When you are not meeting with counselors, you can still come to PDAP to hang out, socialize with your peers, do homework, and just have fun!  Most offices have pool tables, video games, outdoor games and indoor athletic equipment.  You can also partake in activities that are regularly organized such as movie nights, going to the zoo, bowling nights, and other exciting functions. Everything you do at PDAP is teaching you that a sober lifestyle is also a fantastic lifestyle!

faq

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!

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 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.