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.
At PDAP, parents are given the opportunity to become engaged and are guided through the process of establishing rules and setting standards. Parents and teens learn how to communicate in healthy and respectful way that encourages healthy relationships.
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 is uncharted territory for most parents. A parent’s fear of what others may think about them or their child 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 both educational and therapeutic because they are understood and not judged. In addition, parents can access PDAP staff who can offer professional support on issues parents may be facing.
My child doesn’t want to go, what should I do?
If your child doesn’t want to come, then parents should come to a parent meeting and hear the suggestions of other parents and staff for how to move forward. Sometimes the child comes first and sometimes the parent comes first.
Is there a cost to attend PDAP?
PDAP peer group programs and 12-step meetings are available at no cost. In some cases the family or individual needs counseling, which is available at a reasonable cost. PDAP offers a generous sliding scale fee structure for counseling, to encourage participants to use our resources to their best advantage. 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 strongly urge parents to be involved in PDAP 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 have the opportunity to model healthy behavior and self-care by participating in the parent program.
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.