Veterans Village of San Diego

Rehabilitation Program

VETERANS REHABILITATION CENTER is a 224 bed state-licensed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, with funding from the Veterans Administration (VA) and San Diego County, Drug-MediCal (DMC) program.

Our Grant Per Diem (GPD) residential Clinical Treatment Program provides services to veterans with a specific diagnosis related to a substance use disorder and/or a mental health diagnosis who are experiencing homelessness. Homeless veterans in our Clinical Treatment model participate in a wide variety of services and take part in one of four tracks: 1) Combat PTSD; 2) Co-Occurring Issues; 3) Chronic Relapse; and 4) Recovery Stabilization.

Our DMC Program is a 24-hour non-medical, residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, recovery and ancillary service program for homeless adults aged 18 years and above, with substance use issues, including co-occurring mental health disorders. The DMC program provides American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) care at level 3.1 and 3.5. 

The Veterans Rehabilitation Center is an intensive, residential rehabilitation program treating substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other behavioral health issues.

Areas of Specialty

  • Combat
  • PTS
  • Chronic relapse

Integrated Services

  • Comprehensive Clinical Assessments
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Couples and Family Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Alcohol and other Drug Education and Counseling
  • Complementary Alternative Therapies (noted in Behavioral Health and Wellness)

Both treatment programs utilize evidenced-based practices (EBPs) for all clients.

Behavioral Health and Wellness

VVSD was one of the first programs in the United States to recognize the need to treat both substance use disorders and the underlying emotional and behavioral issues that contribute to substance use. Veterans accepted into our rehabilitation program are assigned their own licensed therapist or mental health intern. Together they complete an individualized Comprehensive Clinical Assessment to identify specific rehabilitation needs and individual concerns. Ongoing counseling after the initial assessment is available to address these individual treatment concerns.

Supportive counseling includes individual, and group sessions with couple and family sessions available once the veteran has stabilized in rehabilitation.

The Evidenced Based Practices we provide includes:

✓ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

✓ EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

✓ Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

✓ Prolonged Exposure (PE)

✓ Motivational Interviewing

✓ Solution Focused interventions

VVSD also provides continued supportive aftercare counseling once the veteran completes the program to assist with making the transition into the community.

VVSD’s rehabilitation program is proud to offer a wide variety of additional complimentary alternative therapies to ensure that every veteran is served.

These options include:

✓ Equine and Pet Assisted Therapy

✓ Expressive Arts

✓ Organic Gardening

✓ Outdoor activities (Running, Hiking, Surfing, etc.)

✓ VVSD Music Recovery Program

✓ Yoga