Category: Success Stories

Liz’s Story

Liz "Lizard" Todd, Youth Recovery Coach

Growing up in a home where drugs and alcohol were the norm, Liz was familiar with substance abuse at the young age of 13. By age 15, Liz was addicted to alcohol and other drugs. That’s when she turned to the Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP), now known as Rise… Read More»

Success Story: Sydney

“I have been a Client, volunteer, and employee. My first encounter was a shock – never had so many people love and accept me for ME. That’s what I found at every PDAP I have been at. I was at my bottom in 1987 and they saved my life.”

Success Story: James

“I have chosen to support Palmer because the cause is greatly needed in this community and there is no one else like them.”

Success Story: Eva

“It is my pleasure and honor to support the Palmer program. I have witnessed these people continually go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Success Story: Heather

“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.”

Success Story: Steve

“I started drinking when I was 13 and wanted to get drunk every time I drank. I got busted for possession of marijuana in Austin on January 17, 1979 when I was 18, and the next day I had one last drink—and I’ve been sober ever since.”

Success Story: Avery

“…after going to a few of the meetings, classes, and counseling I was able to see and experience the love the people there possessed and expressed to me and others.”

Success Story: Hannah

“My son’s addiction brought me into PDAP. PDAP has saved my son’s life, twice. PDAP invited me and my sick family system in for help. I was on Family Death Watch. That is no longer true. PDAP has gently healed my failures and shame.”

Success Story: Riley

“I came to PDAP when I was 14. I was suffering from a deadly heroin 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.”

Success Story: Ryan

“…What I got from the program was totally different than what I expected. The people there cared for me unconditionally. They did not require that I ‘qualify’ by giving me a label. They challenged me to try the program 100% and promised if I didn’t like it after 30 days that I didn’t have to attend anymore. Well, that was 8 years ago and needless to say I stuck around…”