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.
PDAP San Antonio has saved my life and my wife's life. We have two daughters who were struggling with chemical dependency issues. PDAP has provided extensive confidential and free counseling for us and our daughters. The weekly parent support meetings are also extremely helpful. Thru PDAP, we also work the 12 Steps with a sponsor. All of these things have led us to relative peace--which is miraculous given our near-insanity prior to finding PDAP.
PDAP has helped one of the daughters experience real recovery after a post-treatment relapse. She attends weekly PDAP meetings, meets with her counselor and sponsor, and is doing very well.
We have been helped dramatically by PDAP San Antonio and have now become donors, volunteers and one of us is a board member.