PDAP Houston is the flagship location of a community substance abuse treatment organization that started in 1971 at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. Originally designed by a priest and a recovering addict to help teens using a modified version of the 12 steps, the program grew to include adults and the parents of those struggling with addiction.
Over the years, PDAP has opened rehabs in several Texas cities, as well as California, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Today, PDAP Houston offers an expansive variety of outpatient addiction counseling services, peer support groups and a meeting place for fun sober activities.
Treatment and Staff
One thing that sets PDAP apart from other treatment programs is that clients can get help by just showing up at one of the Houston area office locations. There are no forms to fill out and there is no registration necessary. All PDAP Houston programs are offered on an outpatient basis. Those requiring detox or inpatient treatment are referred to other local facilities. Clients who need dual diagnosis support are also provided with referrals to physicians or psychiatrists.
Clients at PDAP are provided with individualized treatment. Treatment usually lasts for at least six months, with individual sessions once or twice a week. Programs also include family therapy if necessary. On-site PDAP 12-step meetings are also required in place of group therapy. There are specialized meetings for teens 17 and under, adults over 18 and families. These meetings are similar in format to other 12-step meetings, but have been modified to include time during the sharing for feedback from both peers and staff. Meetings also include discussions about the disease concept of addiction, communication skills and relapse prevention.
The Executive Director of the PDAP Houston office, Danielle Lutz, Ed.D. was a Houston public school teacher and administrator for 25 years before joining PDAP in 2010. She brings expansive knowledge of risk behaviors in adolescents, adolescent development and teen substance abuse. The rest of the PDAP Houston staff includes LCDCs, certified therapists, LPCs and recovery coaches. Since PDAP is designed to be peer-driven, many of the counselors and professionals on staff are young adults who are in recovery.
PDAP helps build awareness in the community with facts and information related to alcohol and drug abuse.
Each PDAP counseling office also serves as a safe haven and activity center where members can do homework, socialize and meet with their sponsors or recovering peers. The activity centers are always staffed and have pool tables, video games, outdoor games and athletic equipment.
PDAP Houston provides free, community-based treatment services for substance abuse. While its programs may not be the best fit for those requiring medial detox or inpatient treatment, PDAP provides a strong network of recovery resources for those in Houston.
PDAP Houston Headquarters
Three Memorial City Plaza
840 Gessner, Ste 1300
Houston, TX 77024
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