Palmer Drug Abuse Program

Palmer Drug Abuse Program


If you have heard about the Palmer Drug Abuse Program or PDAP, and now you are wondering if we have changed or closed, we want you to know we definitely have not.

PDAP is still here to offer substance abusers and their families a place to get the help they need in a caring, confidential and spiritual atmosphere.   We offer you a free, safe place—without judgment.

PDAP is still the same; it’s just that now we are offering other programs so we made a new name for the “parent” agency and are calling it Rise Recovery.  PDAP is a part of Rise Recovery.

And PDAP will still do whatever it takes to help you become free of your substance use, dependency or addiction.  Therefore, we provide a wide and deep range of counseling, life skills training, ongoing support and drug-free fun activities:

  • Individual Counseling and Coaching: Counseling Services

    Almost all of the PDAP and Rise Recovery counselors, coaches and staff are in recovery themselves have “been there”. Couple their experience with professional education and training they can help you to identify issues pertaining to substance abuse, and work with participants to identify and solve common problems. Having this individualized time will help to connect you with an appropriate plan and resources for recovery.

  • Recovery Group Meetings: Group meetings

    You are welcome to visit any of our weekly group meetings to check us out or sign up (see below). These meetings are similar in format to other 12-step meetings, but have been modified to make it relevant to our members. At PDAP, participants will receive honest feedback and constant support from both peers and staff as they work through the recovery process.  Recovery group meetings are available Monday – Thursday at different locations (see Office Locations & Meeting Calendar), as well as experiential workshops every Saturday morning.

  • Activity Centers: 

    Each PDAP counseling office also serves as a safe haven and activity center where group members can do homework, socialize, meet with their sponsor or with their recovering peers. The staffed activity centers have pool tables and video games. Outdoor games and some indoor athletic equipment are also available at some of the satellite offices.

  • Chemical-Free Activities & Retreats: 
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    Another key element in the PDAP approach to recovery is weekly chemical-free social activities; it is most definitely possible to have fun without getting high. Activities include bowling nights, trips to the movies, and laser tag, to name a few. PDAP also plans weekend retreats for individual groups and the entire family. Participation in the activities is important as they afford you the opportunity to relax and laugh which is a crucial element of healing individually and as a family.

To Learn More About Our Specific Groups

  • Younger Group

    (ages 17 and under) is for teenagers who are substance abusers that want to reach sobriety.

  • Older Group

    (ages 18 and older) is for adults who are experiencing substance issues, including college students and young parents.

  • Family Group

    Parents, spouses and significant others over the age of 18. For the children and siblings please visit our New Generations page.

Don’t like the idea of your family knowing what’s going on because they will bug you? Consider this: 

    1. There is a higher chance of recovery when the family is involved—an 80% higher chance of success
    2. Your parents/spouse will be less afraid if they understand what you are attending and so they will be less controlling
    3. They can’t support you if they don’t understand what you are doing
    4. 90% of the time your meetings are separate from the family. They won’t hear what you are saying, and we won’t tell them. We respect your right to confidentiality.

Our admissions process is simple:

Just show up to one of the groups for a meeting (see Calendar):

We don’t have an exhaustive intake process and you won’t have to rummage through your mail to find an electric bill to prove where you live. All we ask is that you show up sober, and come with an open mind. If our program isn’t right for you—and no program is right for everyone—then we’ll help you find a program to meet your needs.

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