Albany, NY (PressExposure) February 11, 2009 -- One thousand students have sought help with overwhelming drug or alcohol dependencies and, after successfully completing the drug treatment program at Vista Bay, most have gone on to lead happy and productive lives. In recognition of the significance of this accomplishment and Vista Bayâs contributions to surrounding communities, a wide range of civic leaders attended the graduation ceremony. Among the dignitaries present were: Gustavo Gonzales (representing Fourth District Supervisor of Santa Cruz County, Tony Campos), Aimee Mangon (Prevention Program Member for the City of Santa Cruz) and Mariaelena Tantalo (Neighborhood Services Manager for the City of Watsonville).
The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors honored Vista Bay with an official Proclamation. Notable among the points in the Proclamation was recognition for Vista Bayâs community involvement is its âcrucial role in educating youth and eradicating drug use by participating in local events and activities.â Other examples of leadership in the fight against substance abuse were cited including: support and assistance provided to the Santa Cruz County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, delivering drug education lectures to over 2,500 children in the Central Coast and Northern California regions, participation in the Watsonville High School Sober Graduation Night, and a series of testimonials by program graduates to the Santa Cruz Meth Project.
The students of the graduating class were understandably excited to be the focus of the gala ceremony. Completing the program means they have the opportunity to turn their lives around, and one of the students would boast that milestone number one thousand on their certificate.
For further information about Vista Bay and the recent graduation of the one-thousandth student from its alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, or for additional information about Vista Bayâs Santa Cruz area community involvement projects, please contact: 1-800-556-8885.
About Vista Bay: Vista Bay launched its drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in 1992, in Bonny Doon, California. Established to help people suffering from chemical dependencies, with the goal of freeing them and their families from the devastation of drug or alcohol abuse, the program has proven to be extremely effective. Launching with âword of mouthâ access, ongoing success necessitated the relocation of the residential treatment program to a larger campus above Watsonville. Vista Bayâs program now graduates 150 clients yearly and has grown to include a center in Placerville with a new center planned for South Lake Tahoe.