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Helping 'At-Risk' Veterans Since 2019

The Veterans Navigation Center Team has been assisting San Diego County Veterans since 2019, and is a pivotal member of the San Diego Veterans’ community.

The genesis of The Veterans Navigation Center comes from the work that Veteran-in-Recovery Jay Wylie (pictured, right) and addiction expert Scott H. Silverman (pictured, left) has done at Confidential Recovery. Confidential Recovery is an intensive outpatient treatment program for substance use disorders in San Diego that has been in operation since 2014.

Our journey with Veterans began in 2019 when we connected with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program (VA ADTP). There was a huge unmet need for substance use counseling and treatment in the San Diego Veteran community. And because Confidential Recovery was certified by the California Department of Health  Care Services (CA DHCS)and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Confidential Recovery was able to rapidly meet the  needs of the VA ADTP, who had a waitlist of over 13 Veterans  seeking treatment for substance abuse issues.

Since that time, has provided treatment and mental health support to up to 40 Veterans a week, working hand in glove with the VA to ensure the seamless integration of recovery and support services to help Veterans overcome their substance abuse issues and embark on a successful recovery and reintegration into civilian society. 

Helping Vets with More than Substance Use Disorders

However, the Confidential Recovery team rapidly realized that our Veterans were not facing only issues related to substance abuse. Most of our veterans were experiencing concurrent challenges, such as co-occurring behavioral health issues (PTSD, Anxiety,  depression, etc.), or life challenges such as legal, family,  housing, employment, or other issues.

Confidential Recovery Staff began to work  with our partners to help our Veterans to overcome these  challenges, but we realized that a more formal process was  needed to meet these disparate needs, and out of this need the  Veterans Navigation Center (VNC) was born. 

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  • After having my driving privileges suspended, Confidential Recovery allowed me to continue with in-person therapy groups using Zoom to reconnect with the daily meetings.


    U.S. Veteran
  • Through the personal attention I received from the caring, experienced, therapists, and interactive group sessions, the sources of my addictive behavior were brought to light.

    John D.

    U.S. Naval Veteran
  • The terrific staff cares about their clients and have broad backgrounds to meet the specialized and nuanced needs of their Veteran and First Responder clients.


    U.S. Veteran
Disclaimer: The Veterans Navigation Center is not affiliated with any government agency. If you or a Veteran you know is in crisis, call The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 24/7 crisis line by dialing 988 and press 1, or text (838255) to speak with a crisis counselor.

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