PDAP, like AA, has 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. The Twelve Traditions are the rules that govern each PDAP group. They provide a framework to help ensure that PDAP groups are stable and that they remain available for others in need.
1. Our common welfare should come first. Personal recovery depends on PDAP unity.
2. The primary requirement for membership is a desire to live a chemical free life.
3. Our primary purpose is to carry the message of love and understanding to substance abusers and their families.
4. The right to personal confidentiality must be respected at the public level.
5. The symbol of abstinence from mind-changing chemicals is the monkeys fist. Commitment to Family Group is symbolized by the Heart.
6. PDAP is non-sectarian. We are however, a spiritually oriented program that recognizes God as its Central Authority
7. PDAP never endorses or opposes any cause. It does not finance or lend its name to any outside enterprise.
8. For the purpose of continuity, PDAP is a structured program administered by a salaried staff operating by authority of a board of trustees.
9. Each PDAP city operates as an autonomous entity, except in matters that may affect PDAP as a whole.
10. Policies may be established by each cities board of trustees and implemented by the staff, except when to do so would affect PDAP as a whole.
11. PDAP is a non-profit organization that charges no dues or fees for its services and is dedicated to helping people recover from the effects of mind-changing chemicals.
12. Unconditional Love is the spiritual foundation of our program, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.