In a new year, Vietnam Veterans of San Diego will gather to commence the “New Resolve” program. This program will emphasize on substance abuse and alcoholism treatment options for veterans in the San Diego area. The group is made up of local Vietnam veterans that have received drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment while in the field. Each week they will meet in the La Jolla community to discuss the different programs available for veterans in the area. The goal of this program is to provide these veterans with the tools to live successful lives, so they are able to assist other veterans with finding the help they need as well.
This program will also serve to educate the veteran community on the different options out there, along with recovery resources. The program’s focus is to emphasize on the use of drug rehab in conjunction with alcoholism treatment centers, so the various issues can be addressed simultaneously. The group will work closely with the Department of Defense, as well as local law enforcement, to distribute educational literature on the dangers of substance abuse. These pieces of literature will go directly into the hands of these troubled veterans, so they can learn from them, instead of being ignored by the general public. This program is designed to keep these troubled individuals off the streets and back in the arms of family and friends, so they can start a new life free from the problems caused by substance abuse and alcoholism.
Each meeting of this group will consist of speakers from local military bases, law enforcement agencies, and government officials. These individuals will talk about the different resources available for those struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism. They will also talk about how the different treatment options are offered to the public, so they can choose the one that suits their individual needs best. They hope that through the implementation of a comprehensive substance abuse program, more citizens will become aware of the different resources available in their area. More importantly, though, they hope that other people will realize that they have an advantage over those suffering from substance abuse and alcoholism because they are from the armed forces.