I would like to share my story about my PCAP experience. I often find myself having a very hard time relying and/or trusting ANYONE! When I finally came into the office to fill out my starting paperwork and meet people, it was a great experience.
Due to the life I had been living prior to pregnancy, I wasn’t even ready for a baby shower or anything. When the “crew” found this out…they immediately started planning me a party. I was thrilled? These people didn’t even know me and already they genuinely cared. I remember freaking out because I was expecting a baby boy, and to my surprise, circumcision was not covered by insurance. What was I going to do? (I also need to throw in that my son’s father is usually incarcerated). Not only did these nice people throw me the best baby shower, but y “main” gift was a certificate to pay for my son’s surgery. Who would have thought?
I still would have a lot of craziness between then and now. During this time, a woman by the name of DeeDee (who really is a queen in my book) struggled trying to get our attention and/or time. Let me tell you first hand, she never gives up! She would call us, stop by our apartment, write and even invite us to events we would never show up for. Eventually I was a ta breaking point and decided to call her. It was also on a Sunday morning to top it off. She still answered the phone to hear me crying uncontrollably. She then stayed on the phone with me (it was quite a while too!) until I was somewhat calmed down. She told me to do my best to take a deep breath, relax and get a good nights’ sleep. She also assured me that I was not alone, and that she would be at our apartment first thing in the morning to pick us up.
From that day forward, I realized I had wasted a lot of time not turning to her and the rest of the PCAP staff in the past. None the less, you have to start somewhere. Better late than never, right? Now things are going better than ever for me and my son. He is currently enrolled and attending a learning center and I am working. Our next goal is to work on our living arrangements.
I often tell DeeDee how much we love her and the whole PCAP organization. They really are life changers. I think anyone who has the opportunity to work with these people, should jump in with both fee! Stop wasting time like I did…these people are the greatest and really can make a difference if given the chance.
On October 25, 1999 I entered Drug Abuse Prevention Center
180 day Residential Program, utterly beaten by my drug abuse.
A19 year old young woman, who had lost everything and every
one, had nothing or no one to live for, and who thought that
there was no hope to ever be the person that she was before
using drugs. I wanted to die.
My personality had become completely adjusted to the lifestyle
that I was surrounded by in my active addiction, that I had
lost who I was prior to abusing substances. I was a different
person. Selfish, mean, and careless, and the list can go on
Through various group processes and interventions by chemical
dependency professionals, I began to see exactly what behaviors
had been altered as a direct result of my drug abuse, or at
some point during my drug abuse. When there were twenty people
in a room pointing out a negative behavior that I displayed,
it was somewhat of a challenge to deny what others were seeing.
Group processing also complimented changes. Reinforcement of
positive behaviors, and modifying the negative, assisted me
in discovering that one defective behavior could be turned
into an asset. As the days went on, I was able to discover
the endless possibilities that I was capable of. I could be
productive, I could be responsible, and I could do much more
as long as I did not use drugs.
While in treatment I was assisted in getting established in
a 12-step community to begin developing relationships that
became crucial in my recovery outside of residential treatment.
The people that I was introduced to were in fact the people
who ended up being my support staying clean from all drugs
following inpatient. This community led my life in an entirely
new direction. With this support by my side, I knew that I
could handle any situation in life and I would never be alone
No matter what, I NEVER HAD TO USE DRUGS AGAIN!
was brought to an entirely new direction, and I owe that
to the dedication
of, DAPC, all of the employees, and
all of the people who made it possible for this center to help
drug addicts learn how to live a new way of life free of all
drugs. Without all of those people involved in DAPC, I do not
know if I would be here today. I don’t know if my seven-year-old
daughter would have her mother. I don’t know if my four-year-old
daughter would have her mother. And I don’t know if I
would be here testifying on behalf of this agency. With the
way that I was living my life, I am almost positive in saying
that I would have died. But what I no know is that I am capable
of being a wonderful mother today, a wonderful wife today,
and a beautiful person today, DRUG FREE. I am a responsible
person today with future goals for my family and myself. Like
I have already said, “My possibilities are endless!” I
owe all that my life has already become, and all that my life
will be in the future, to DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION CENTER, and
their commitment to me and all others like me!
though Drug Abuse Prevention Center’s (DAPC’s)
Long Term Residential Treatment in 1997. I came into treatment
with no hope. While in treatment I found hope, happiness and
willingness to do everything it took to change myself. What
I got out of DAPC, you cannot put a price on. I found that
I did not need to get “High” to be ok. I have ADHD
and was unable to read or write when I got to DAPC. I had a
counselor that showed me that it was ok to do the best I could
do. I love the people at DAPC, they saved my life. I can now
read and write. I have been clean for 7 years and my life is
filled with good stuff. I give my time to DAPC to help out
when they need me to do things like drive the patients to church,
to ball games and so on. I don’t think that my life would
be what it is if I had not come to DAPC. DAPC is my family
now and will be for as long as they are here. I thank each
and every one of the people that made it happen.
let you know where I came from, I had lost everything and
in an old train station with 4 feet of snow
on the ground. Well, God saw fit to send me one of his angels.
He was dressed as a sheriff. He asked me my name, I told him.
He ran it and came back to tell me I had 11 warrants. He told
me that they were not going to take me to jail – there
went “3 hots and a cot”. He told me that I could
get help and told me where to go. I went there and 15 days
later I was in DAPC. I went back 2 years later to find that
old man, they told me that no one like that worked for them.
I get goose bumps every time I think about it. So by my own
testimony you can tell that I am grateful that I found DAPC.