If you haven’t heard already, several community centers in the Houston area have either reduced hours or closed down because of budget woes. Thank goodness the Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) is not burdened by the fiscal constraints facing Governments. PDAP is a program in Houston where a young person can walk in and ask for help, and no one will ask how much money they have, what their family’s income is, or whether they have insurance.
PDAP has been in service for 40 years. Rather than focusing on treatment or therapy, it relies on a 12-step program designed to help kids realize that if they loved, accepted, and supported one another, the could go forward and live a sober, happy, stable life.
There are six satellite PDAP locations throughout the city that serve between 550 and 600 kids annually. Regardless of one’s degree of substance use or abuse, PDAP is a safe place to come, to have fun, to engage with their peers, to learn social and leadership skills and to be around other kids who have made the choice not to take drugs or consume alcohol.
So far this year, 70 percent of participants who actively participate in the program achieve 30 days or more of sobriety. If you know someone who has a substance abuse problem, please tell them about PDAP. Thanks.
Original story by Rick Burleson, “Offering a second chance”, Houston Chronicle, May 29, 2011