PDAP has been an instrumental part of my recovery over the last two years. I started going to PDAP at 14 years old. I just sat around in my room for a few years but something beautiful happened and I decided to give it a try. I went straight to a PDAP meeting and got to connect with a bunch of awesome people. That was in September of 2010 and through regularly going to PDAP and going to other fellowships I haven’t had a drink or drug since August 13, 2010. PDAP has been an awesome opportunity for service and it has been amazing for me to give back freely what I’ve been given.
I’ve been attending PDAP for almost two years now, and I will have my two-year sobriety date on November 17th. I remember my first meeting. I was nervous because it was my first chance to openly say, “Hi, my name is Jessica and I’m a recovering drug addict and alcoholic.” But the more often I attended these meetings, the easier it was to say that out loud. I am surrounded by supportive PDAP Staff that want to lead me down the right road, and by young PDAP participants that struggle with some of the same issues as I do. I am so grateful for the PDAP program, for it has taught me to accept my addiction. But, more than anything PDAP has taught me how to love myself again.
Richard Cunningham- A Parent and Board Member
I have a 16 year old son who has chosen the path of drugs and alcohol (DIA) beginning at age 13. Even though I have tried to protect him from bad influences, he has chosen friends in Boy Scouts, school, and summer programs whom have also made bad decisions to use D/A as a means for escape from the hardships of adolescence and simply as a source of “fun”, as my son puts it. I come from a family of addiction. My sister died last year from an overdose. My other sister and I are in recovery. My son already exhibits traits of this disease of addiction. Many families face this deadly disease.
In February of ’07, a court ad litem recommended PDAP. My son saw the program as a means of avoiding other more extreme consequences. He has been involved since then. PDAP represents the ONLY place in Austin where young people can go to be with others their own age and learn how to have fun while also working a program of recovery. They want to remove D/A from their lives. Kids are getting sober there. My wife and I have benefited HUGELY from the parent’s Al Anon program that meets on the same evenings as the children’s meetings. I have seen the program grow from 8 kids to
30 that show up regularly, in only one year’s period.
I am convinced that this program is successful because of the committed and trained staff and because the kids have a safe place to meet to work the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous. There are also fun activities every week that are supervised by counselors who are in recovery and who can relate to our precious children. This disease is becoming an epidemic because of today’s harder drugs and easier access to them. PDAP is the only program of its kind to help the kids. It is saving lives and it is giving parents the tools to cope with their children’s disease of addiction. The word needs to get out and we need more staff. Please help.