Substance Use Support
New Freedom Farm regularly hosts 12 step meetings in the natural setting of the farm environment. This holistic approach lends itself to peer-to-peer sharing and action-based results. These meetings empower veterans in their recovery from substance abuse (use?) issues. Attendance of all meetings is confidential and your anonymity is respected amongst veterans attending. There is no cost to attend these meetings.
Meetings are held two times per week:
Please note, this is a peer-to-peer support group. There are no counselors in attendance. If you feel in danger of hurting yourself or others, please call 911 or go to the local emergency room.
Why We Do It
There is currently an epidemic of suicide and PTSD/substance abuse among veterans. Latest statistics from the Veterans Administration estimate that 22 veterans a day take their own lives. For this reason, Lois Dawn Fritz, a Navy veteran, started New Freedom Farm; to create a safe place for veterans. The farm fosters spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. The greatest reward we receive for our efforts comes when we are able to serve a veteran in need. Veterans, having come to New Freedom Farm, give positive accounts of real live progress directly attributable to the equine and vet-to-vet interactions that they experience when spending time here.