The Palmer Drug Abuse Program begun in 1971 in Houston, Texas. An additional branch of the program was brought to California in 1980 by performer Carol Burnett, and established in Ventura. Due to the success in this community, a satellite program began in Camarillo in 1981. After receiving its certification from the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drugs in 1992, PDAP Ventura began offering services as an outpatient substance abuse prevention and treatment facility specifically catering to youth under 18 and their families.
Treatment and Staff
All PDAP programs are offered on an outpatient basis, with no detox available. Clients requiring more intensive inpatient treatment or medical detox are referred to other facilities. High-risk youths are often referred through the Juvenile Court system and are assessed to find a level of treatment that works for them.
Clients at PDAP are provided with individualized treatment plans. Treatment lasts for at least six months, with sessions typically once or twice a week. Programs include group, individual and family therapy. Weekly on-site 12-step meetings and family case management are also provided. Group sessions include discussions about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol, personal boundaries and communication skills and relapse prevention.
All clients are assessed and assisted by Certified Addiction Treatment Specialists, counselors, case managers and family advocates. Dual diagnosis support is offered to clients with co-occurring disorders through referrals to physicians and psychiatrists.
Participation in clean and sober activities is also encouraged, with group outings such as sporting events, beach days and sopping trips organized and supervised through the program.
PDAP has developed a countywide network of community services, working closely with the Behavioral Health Department, Probation Agency, Children and Family Services, Ventura Unified School District and others.
PDAP of Ventura provides essential education, intervention and treatment services for substance abusing youth in Ventura County. While its programs may only be suitable for those not requiring inpatient treatment, the host of community services PDAP partners with provides a strong network of recovery resources. With clients only offered therapy once or twice a week, the longer duration of the program allows clients the ability to recover and grow into new phases of their lives as sober adults.
PDAP of Ventura
450 Rosewood Ave Suite 215
Camarillo, CA 93010
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