In 2008 the MEDD-X (Motivational Experiences/Education for Ex-Drug Dealers) was introduced as another resource for parents and an intervention for ex-drug dealers. MEDD-X has proven to be powerful, therapeutic, and unique to PEP. It is another program that supports parents and families with education and hope. In 2012, PEP hosted it’s first annual Love You Forever event. Parents and families who have lost loved ones to or in addiction gathered in one place to share their grief, begin their healing, and experience some hope. The attendance for the 2013 Love You Forever increased from the previous year and we are hoping to reach even more people this year.
In 2013 PEP launched its Parent Mentorship Program which connects parents with parents offering parents in crisis even more support complimenting the existing services. 2013 also provided PEP the opportunity to contribute to making the first Recovery Day Edmonton possible, participating in a national initiative to celebrate recovery and an attempt to overcome the stigma associated with addiction.
PEP has witnessed many parents and families grow and change. These highlights do not even begin to encompass the tears, sweat, laughter, and humility that have transpired, nor the endless volunteer hours from gracious parents and the ongoing commitment from the staff and Board of Directors.