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VNC Featured in San Diego's Ranch & Coast Magazine

In a recent article entitled TheVeterans Navigation Center: Help Starts Here, San Diego's Ranch & Coast Magazine did a thorough write up on The Veterans Navigation Center.

“The VA is critical for these people,” says Silverman. “But if you talk to veterans, many of their experiences with the VA are negative. The goal with the VNC is to create something where we can give people a safe harbor for longer periods of time and help them navigate the system.”

Another staggering statistic is that those recovering from a substance use disorder (SUD) who do not
receive a continuum of care reportedly have a 95 percent chance of relapsing, and stunningly, by some measures, half the 370,000 veterans in San Diego either do not have medical insurance or their nonmilitary medical benefits have run out.

“Every day in the service you know when to wake up, what uniform to wear, what the schedule is for the day,” says Wylie. “When you get out, it’s like a switch is flipped. You’re on your own. You’re no longer supported.” The VNC is working to change that here in San Diego, and its services are in-network with TriWest, the insurance underwriter for Veterans’ behavioral health services.

“When a veteran or a veteran’s family member calls, we embrace that veteran as [their] advocate,” says Silverman. “Veterans who need support around substance abuse disorder — we bring them in as a client. If they need a higher level of care, we get them over to the VA and work with them there. And if it’s something else entirely, we refer them to our partners in the coalition.

Click here to read the entire article from Ranch & Coast magazine.



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Scott H. Silverman
Scott H. Silverman brings decades of experience working in the addiction treatment and recovery field to his role at Veterans Navigation Center. He is the founder of Confidential Recovery, a leading drug rehabilitation center, as well as the author of "The Opioid Epidemic," a book exploring the causes and potential solutions to the ongoing crisis.


  • 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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