Frequenty Asked Questions
Answers to General Questions
"How much does it cost?"
The PDAP program is FREE. There are no costs, no dues, no
registration. This means you need absolutely no money to join or
"How do I sign up?"
Our admissions process is simple...show up!! Show up to a
meeting or call to speak with a PDAP staff counselor. We don't have an
process and you won't have to rummage though your mail to find an
electric bill to prove you live in Austin. All we ask is that you show
up, show up
sober, and come with an open mind.
"Does PDAP provide drug testing services?"
No. We do not have the facility, equipment, or financial means to
provide drug testing as part of our services. Also as part of our
confidentiality of support during recovery, we do not provide drug
"Is PDAP have in-patient care services?"
No. PDAP is not a residential program, halfway house, drug
rehab, or in-patient service. Our satellites are within community
locations for the purpose
of conducting support group meetings only. These meetings are for
the purpose of teaching young people how to work the 12 steps to achieve
sobriety and an
everyday life free from mind altering chemicals.
"What do I have to do when I attend PDAP meetings?"
PDAP meetings are for learning and sharing the 12 steps to learn
how to achieve a chemical free life. We only ask that you show up and
keep an open
mind. You will not be required to give out personal information
about yourself. Listen and learn if you wish.
"Does PDAP meet every night? When can I go?"
The meetings are at different locations on different nights of
the week around Austin. Some locations have meetings two nights per
week. For a
complete listing of locations and meeting schedules, please visit
our meeting times and locations link.
"How do I know if the PDAP program is right for me?"
The only way to fully understand why the program is so effective
is to come to a meeting. If our program isn't right for you, as no one
right for everyone, then we'll try to help you find a program to
meet your needs.
Answers for New Member Questions
"Do my parents have to go?"
No. Parents are not required to attend and if you prefer, parents do
not even have to know that you are coming to meetings. Even if your
they want to come with you, parent meetings are held separately.
"Will PDAP tell my parents what we talk about at meetings?"
No. PDAP understands that if you want your parents to know anything
about your personal situation that you will tell them yourself. Our
purpose is not to
share your private information, but to help show you the steps to
get away from drug abuse in your life. One of the principles we say in
closing of every
meeting is, "what is shared here, stays here."
"What are meetings like and what happens when I go?"
Meetings take place in a group setting, and if you are coming for
the first time, you will get to section off with the other newcomers in
This is so you can ask your own questions of the staff, and get the
specific answers to common questions about how the program will work for
"Are you going to preach to me about religion?"
No. Although many of our satellites are located on church sites as
donated space to our organization, you will not be attending a religious
attending PDAP meetings. We do not preach to you or try to question
your belief system. But we will encourage you to think about your
existence and the
influences around you about in an honest way. PDAP is more of a
spiritual group than religious and the extent of our spiritual guidance
is to seek a
positive power greater than ourselves. Simply stated, your faith is
your own business.
"My friend is using drugs and I'm worried about them, what do I do?"
If you are concerned for a friend who is using drugs and want to
help, the first step is to find out first and foremost what help is
available in your
area. Get together a list of resources, so you will have some
answers ready, and then make time for a heart-to-heart talk with your
friend. Sit down with
them and first let them know that it is because you love them, that
you care enough to stick with them if they want to try to help
themselves. Let them
know why exactly you think there is a problem, and do not try to use
scare tactics or threats, as they rarely succeed. Also remember that
are just to help you both get information. Have your resources
ready, and offer to go with them if they agree to seek help.
"What if I am in the program and I have a relapse?"
If you are active in the PDAP program and have a relapse, you will
not be banished or scorned. Relapse is generally a normal part of the
It is times like these when you may feel the need of support from
the group even more and PDAP is here for this very reason. If this
happens it is
important not to punish yourself. Bring yourself to the next meeting
available and together we'll help get you back on
"How do I know if I'm cured? Is there a way to get rid of cravings?"
How long it takes to reach a chemical free lifestyle is entirely up
to you. For some, getting involved in the program and following the 12
longer than others. Meanwhile there are some who come to their first
meeting and walk away from drug use forever. There are many reasons
people will give
themselves or others, as an excuse to try drugs or justify their
reasons for continuing to use them. But often the craving to use mood
is merely a symptom of some other feeling, problem, need, want,
desire, or emotion that has not been met with or dealt with accordingly.
By working the 12
steps of the PDAP program, it is common that cravings subside
significantly in about 30 days. After the first year of sobriety, the
tendency to view drugs
as part of our lives tapers off and the comfort they once provided
"What's the difference between drug use and drug abuse?"
It is common that PDAP staff will be asked this question from
parents who are trying to assess how severe the situation is about a
loved one. People
naturally want to associate frequency of drug use as the denominator
for how bad off a user may be. It is not "how much" or "how often" that
determines a problem, although these are factors that characterize
addiction. But contrary to belief, the drug itself or frequency of use
may not be the
only issue that needs attention. Personality traits among
risk-takers, thrill seekers, creative types and personal extremists have
common tendencies for
such urges for gratification, which chemical use provides. Abuse is
present where drugs are causing further problems and no action is being
correct or alter the problematic behavior (the behavior which is a
direct result from drug use.) It's simple, if all other problems lead
back to some
association with the drug use, and nothing is being done about it,
abuse is more than likely the case.
Questions about Probation & Judicial Verification
"I need a letter for my probation officer, how do I get one?"
In order to get confirmation that you have attended a meeting, bring
your Attendance Verification Form from your probation officer, and at
the end of the
meeting the PDAP staff member will sign it for you. This will let
this probation officer know that you have attended a PDAP meeting. To
participation in the program or to get a written letter, called a
"Letter of Participation" you will need to schedule an appointment with a
member and there we will outline the requirements for being
considered and active participant. If you meet the requirements PDAP
will be happy to provide
you with a letter.
"Does PDAP provide a letter for me to take to court for charges concerning drugs or alcohol?"
You need to attend a PDAP meeting to get a "Letter of Attendance
Verification" from a senior staff member. This letter will show the
court that you have
taken responsibility to join a drug program. This does not mean that
charges will be dropped, or that your fines or sentence will be
reduced. For many
cases involving drugs or alcohol violations, part of the
requirements for probation or sentence will be mandatory participation
in a drug program. PDAP
may or may not be suitable, depending on the decision of the court.
Your attorney or probation officer may provide a list of suitable
resources that you
will be able to complete.
"Can anyone from PDAP speak to my attorney, probation officer or judicial for me?"
No. PDAP staff members are not allowed to keep records or give out
information about members of the program as part of our policy. For PDAP
to give out
personal information about you would be against our commitment to
protecting the anonymity of our clients. It is important that we strive
to help people
get sober with their privacy in tact, therefore we cannot and will
not give out information about you. If you need proof of participation,
speak to your
senior staff member about getting a letter of verification. We will
be happy to give you written proof to share with whomever you choose on