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March 30, 2012

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Review from Guidestar
March 30, 2012

I was not interested or motivated to participate in the activiites and program. I was angry and pissed off at the system and saw PDAp as just another part of the system that was placing all these restrictions and hardships on my life. But after going to a few of the meetings, classes, and counselings I was able to see and experience the love the people there possessed and expressed to me and others. This helped to take away my anger and allowed me to actually listen to what was being said and start to make changes in my thinking and behavior. The people at PDAP have a genuine love for us all and it shows in the way they treat you and I can not thank them enough for doing what they do for all of us.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 11, 2012
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Review from Guidestar
March 11, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

Anyone who’s been around recovery for a while has at one time or another probably heard someone say something like, “It does not matter where you get recovery. What matters is that you get recovery.” For those living in or near a city, there are usually a number of programs, groups, and various meeting to choose from, and for those lucky enough to be living in or near San Antonio, there’s PDAP

I tried other programs, different groups within a program, and even different meetings within a particular group, but none seemed to take hold. I cannot put my finger on it, but something seemed to be missing. Then, while I was drying out at a detox center (again), my wife-to-be took to the phone book and found PDAP.

We discovered that PDAP had more to offer than the more established recovery programs. We immediately appreciated the counseling, convenient meeting times and locations, and the sudo-mandatory social events. We also liked the fact that PDAP is a 12-Step program, something we were both were already familiar with.

PDAP was quickly and easily integrated into our life, something we found to be very important. Between the meetings and events, there was always something “recovery focused” to do. The immersion in recovery worked very well for us, to the point that PDAP played a significant part in our wedding.

I believe PDAP worked for me for three reasons. First, PDAP showed me how to have fun without drugs and/or alcohol, something I had forgotten how to do. Second, I was never made to feel guilty if I missed a meeting or social event. And lastly, something that is foreign to some other programs, while I “worked” PDAP, I still felt as though I had the freedom to work “my program”.

I no longer live in San Antonio, but while I am not an active “member” of PDAP, it stills plays an active role in my life. I’ll be 18 years sober on September 1 of this year (2012), and I own those 18 years to the foundation of recovery that was built in PDAP.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

setting me on a solid course of recovery

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

The telephone book

November 1, 2011

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November 1, 2011

I came to the program in January 2011. I was resisitant and hesitant to get help. While I rebeled the staff kept reaching out to me and made me feel welcomed. Eventually I decided to actually work the program rather than just "attend" the program.
My experience has been positive. I am sober and
have learned how to deal with everyday life rather than turning to drugs. The new coping skills I have gotten will last a lifetime.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My everyday life. These people are always here for me

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more staff and advertise more so more people can get help

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Child Protective Services sent me.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

My attitude, coping skills, as a parent and my faith.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
August 19, 2011

I have worked closely with PDAP for 35 years. As a private practice addictions counselor, I refer many young people and parents to PDAP, knowing they will be received with love and have a safe place to begin their recovery journey.

Alternative Peer Groups are a proven way to support
folks in their recovery efforts. PDAP provides a great forum for young people to engage in support group meetings, education, family support, individual and family counseling, and sober social activities. All at NO CHARGE! What a blessing they are to our community!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

leadership training, staff training, referrals

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

additional staff. network better with their alumni

August 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
August 18, 2011

I have only been her a short time but so far it has proven to be way better than I expected. When my mom told me I was going to a drug program I did not expect to be cared aboput and accepted as I have been here. Not only am I learning but I'm also having sober fun.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

younger group.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more stuff available so I can learn the steps.

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

PDAP has been an intrigal part of my recovery.
The staff has always gone above and beyond to make sure our needs are met. Everytime I show up to the program I am welcomed with open arms.

the program has not only given me a positive sober community but has also given my daughters a
safe place to heal from the destruction my substance abuse caused.

If I were limited to only one word to describe this program it would have to be "Redeeming".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My new way of living.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help grow the steering committee.

May 6, 2011

As a business man and long time member of the community I am aware of the multitude of non-profits seeking contributions. I have chosen to support Palmer because the cause is greatly needed in this community and there is no one else like them. I have witnessed what happens in their clients lives and am always confident that my dollars are spent wisely.

It is assuring to know that our young people have a safe place to go to practice life changing skills.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being given the opportunity to attend group meetings and discussions with the staff which has made me a believer. I have personally referred customers and employees to the program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Regular coorespondence through informative newsletters.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I became familiar with this organization through a friend who's family had been impacted by substance abuse.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Have been a contributor since 1990

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 30, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 30, 2011

I came to PDAP when i was 14. I was suffering from a deadly herion addiction. When i walked in to the doors the Counselor and the kids welcomed me with open arms. I was accepted for who i was. The program taught me about honesty, integrity, self respect, and concern for others. I learned how to be happy and sober. I learned how to have sober fun. Today i have over a year sobreity and will graduate in June 2012. Instead of looking behind. I am now looking forward to my future. This program saved my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experinced positive results in my life, my familys life and in my school. I have many school friends that also attend PDAP which has given me a sober social group at school also.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more staff, because there or so many kids and families out there that need help.

February 11, 2011
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February 11, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

The Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) has provided many blessings and sanity to me. When we first discovered our youngest son was a addict, I KNOW that God sent the former Executive Director of PDAP San Antonio into my life.

My husband and I had no experience with anyone who had ever
used and abused drugs. We didn't know where to turn. When first introduced to PDAP, we jumped in blindly and began to understand that not only was our son very sick, but so were we. We were doing the exact opposite of what we wanted to do, which was to help him -- in turn, we were enabling him to become sicker and sicker.

We started by attending meetings -- PDAP offers meetings not only for parents or spouses, but for the siblings as well of addicts. The addicts attend meetings that are targeted to their part of the disease as well.

PDAP encourages everyone to get a sponsor. A sponsor is a person who is actively "working the program" -- a person who attends meetings and works on dealing with the disease of addiction.

PDAP also provides "fun" events and campouts for the addicts and their families in order to help them to grow closer and to better understand each others sickness.

I joined the PDAP Board of Directors and served for six years, one year as the Executive Director.

There are many help programs for addicts and their families, but in going on this journey and studying other programs, I believe that PDAP ranks heads above all the others. PDAP is not the biggest or best known, but I believe that without their help and support my family would still be drowning in the sea of addiction.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

PDAP enabled me to better understand the nature of the disease of addiction. I now know that I didn't cause the addition and I can't cure it. In working my program through PDAP, I better learned how to keep myself sane and how to work with my addict to help him help himself.

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I wouldn't change the organization in anyway. I would however try to get the word to more people about the power of PDAP. Addiction brings shame and those affected by addiction find it very hard to talk about it with anyone. In PDAP you know that you can share anything and know that it will remain safe with the counselors and with other family members. As a group, we are all dealing with the same disease and in sharing, are stronger.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Over 25 years ago, I was a member of the Congregation Council at House of Prayer Lutheran Church (HOP), when Pastor Dean Moss asked us to consider hosting a branch of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program PDAP). After a couple of months research, the council unanimously approved the relationship. Over the years, my wife, daughters, and I heard scattered but positive feedback from fellow HOP members.

Six years ago, my wife, grandson, and I faced the harsh fact that one of our daughters - our grandson's mother -had a serious drug and alcohol addiction. (My wife and I are now legal guardians of our grandson.) All four of us immediately sought help from PDAP. Our daughter soon left for preliminary rehab in Houston; she is on the road to recovery - at present in a transition center and in her fourth quarter of Nurses Training. We other three are still active in the Family Support Groups. I have been a member of the Family Group's Support Group for five of those six years.

Active in churches our entire lived (including service as lay missionaries in the East), we needed PDAP to help us understand that God - as we understand God - is in control of FAR more of our lives than we were ever willing to admit. Drug Addiction (check with the National Institutes of Health) is a disease; neither our daughter or we can control it any more than we can control cancer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Professional counseling, weekly then bi-weekly, then monthly, and now periodically - when new crises arise. I also found a sponsor and began a 12-step program for Co-dependency (wanted to HELP when I am HELPLESS.) I now have five sponsors of my own - and continue to work with my original sponsor. And I volunteer on the Family Group's Support Committee, helping facilitate weekly meetings.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Somehow help PDAP become better known among the huge number of families that are facing this drug addiction problem in fear and ignorance. And, of course, help encourage financial and publicity support

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through church

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Awareness of my own limitations; appreciation of the fantastic strength I can draw from other people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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