Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Stipulated Program

PDAP’s New Generations Group 

PDAP’s Younger and Collegiate Group

PDAP’s Family Group

PDAP’s Older Group





Stipulated Program FAQs

My PO says I have to go, what next?

The first step is to go our orientation. You must attend an orientation to enroll. Please don’t be late, you will not be allowed in the class.

How long is it?

It usually takes 4 weeks. Our education classes run on a 4-week schedule, so if you miss a class you will have to wait for it come around again.

Do I need to make an appointment, who do I call?

If you need to meet with someone please make an appointment. If you know your peer counselor’s number call them. If you don’t have their number or you don’t have one yet please call the center that is closest to you.

How much does this cost?

All of our services are no fee to you. We do ask for donations to help keep them going.


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New Generations FAQs
Why do I have to go since I’m not the one using drugs?

Even though you are not using drugs, Rise Recovery is for the whole family to learn and understand the disease.

Do I have to tell you all everything about me?

No, you share what you would like to share and if you don’t want to share you can say “pass.” Just know that we will respect your confidentiality.

What will I get from this service?

You will gain a lot of understanding of the disease, a lot of friends, new ways to deal with the stressors of life and as a bonus get to do a lot of FUN activities.

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Younger and Collegiate Group FAQs

Can I bring my friend?

It’s cool and understandable that you might want to bring your friends. We ask that you wait a few weeks before doing that.  We want this to be a safe place and if you and your friends aren’t ready to make a change then it’s gonna be hard to get anything out of this.

I don’t want to go but my parent is making me, so how do I get out of it?

Our commitment to you is that if you absolutely hate this place after giving it a reasonable try then we will not waste time.  We don’t want to be a part of anyone’s punishment and often when someone gets in trouble having to come to a counselor or program feels like punishment.  Let us assure you that your parents and the government aren’t writing us a big fat check to talk to you. We get paid the same amount of money whether you are here or not. If you don’t need this program we will not waste your time or ours and will help you find whatever it is that will better meet your needs.

I don’t want my parents coming. Is it cool if I come without them?

We don’t REQUIRE your parent to be here but certainly do ENCOURAGE it for several reasons:

  1. There is a higher chance of recovery when the family is involved.
  2. Your parents will be less afraid if they understand what you are attending and a less afraid parent means a less controlling parent.
  3. They can’t support you if they don’t understand.
  4. 90% of the time your meetings are separate from the parents. They aren’t going to hear what you are saying. We will keep and respect your right to confidentiality.

Will people find out I’m attending?

Rise Recovery is 100% confidential. We cannot tell anyone that you are here or have been here. Amongst the group we have a policy of respect that says “who you see here and what is said here, let it stay here. This is a safe place.”  You can tell others that you attend but please don’t tell others who else attends. And if you are afraid of running into someone you know…Everyone attending is here for a similar reason. On a different note, if you are in a public place, a staff member will not acknowledge you unless you acknowledge them first. This is just to protect your privacy and not because they are being rude. Your trust is the most precious gift you honor us with, and we want to make sure you know that we treasure it!

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Family Group FAQs

Why do I need to go to Family Group meetings, my child is having drug problems, I’m not?

Any illegal drug use or Alcohol abuse by a family member will negatively affect the entire family, commonly quite drastically.  The good news is that if the family is involved in the recovery process, the chances of recovery are increased tenfold.  You should come to meetings because you can be an important part of the recovery process.  We also believe that your health and well-being is important but is often neglected.  To help you we have fun activities and discussions that help you maintain your sanity through the recovery process.  We are a “We” group, and the strength and knowledge of the group is beneficial to its members.

I feel like a failure as a parent and I am embarrassed to go to meetings.

We know you may feel this way. However, your child’s drug use is not your fault!   Many of the parents attending these meeting felt the same way when they first came.  Please understand we are here to help you and your family, not to judge you.

I don’t have time to come to meetings.

We understand you have a busy life and your time has many demands.  However, if you can attend meetings as often as possible, you will be helping your loved one. Meetings are available multiple days of the week.   Many parents have to arrange child care for their younger children and may have to alternate meetings with their spouse in order to attend meetings.  We understand you can only do the best you can do, but attending these meetings may save you from having to attend more meetings with school counselors, or members of the legal system.

I don’t like group meetings. Someone always dominates the meeting and the conversation.

It is important for you to be able to participate in the meeting.  We have a peer counselor at each meeting and we structure the meetings so everyone who wants to participate has the opportunity.  We share our issues, what is working and what is not, what problems we are having, how we are feeling, and how we are dealing with the situation.  We do not allow one or two people to dominate the conversation.

I think I can handle this problem without help from Rise Recovery.

Maybe you can.  However, why make it harder on yourself than you have to?  You will learn from other parents and family members who are having the same problems you are having.  These meeting are to help you to not make the same mistakes others commonly make while they are trying to help a loved one recover from some sort of drug or alcohol use.

Who are the members of the Family Group?

Members have to be at least 18 years old and are typically family members of a person suffering from drug or alcohol use and are not in need of drug and alcohol recovery themselves.  This is not to say family members could never have had a drug or alcohol problem.  Members are siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, or other people who love the person needing help with a drug or alcohol problem.  Younger children, as young as 9 years of age, can attend sibling and children support meetings that are specially designed for children in this younger age group.

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Older Group FAQs
Do I have to be court ordered?

No, we welcome anyone and everyone who wants recovery in their lives.

Is there a charge?

No! All our services are of no fee to our participants!

How do I get involved or start the program?

You can show up at any of our meeting locations and there will be someone there to talk with or call for an appointment

Is it confidential? 

Yes, we are bound by law to keep everyone’s information confidential. The only way we are allowed to discuss your attendance or progress is if you have signed a consent form.

What kind of program is PDAP?

It is 12 step peer recovery support.

Did you use to work with people over 35? What happened?

We are shifting our efforts to be more focused on our mission (youth and young adults age 18-35). If you over 35 you can still come and enjoy our services, it just won’t count towards a court-ordered program. Check out the chart below to see what is still available.


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