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Review for Rise Recovery, San Antonio, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

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


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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?


Role:  Client Served & We immediately attended weekly counseling sessions and participated in weekly group sessions.