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FAQs
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

I'm worried that my child may have a substance abuse problem but how can I tell?

The following are common warning signs of a drug or alcohol problem: 
• Sudden personality changes that include abrupt changes in work or school attendance, quality of work,        work output, grades, discipline
• Unusual outbreaks of temper
• Withdrawal from responsibility
• General changes in overall attitude
• Loss of interest in what were once favorite hobbies and pursuits 
• Changes in friends and reluctance to have friends visit or talk about them
• Difficulty in concentration, paying attention 
• Sudden jitteriness, nervousness, or aggression 
• Increased secretiveness 
• Deterioration of physical appearance and grooming
• Wearing of sunglasses at inappropriate times
• Continual wearing of long-sleeved garments particularly in hot weather or reluctance to wear short-            sleeved attire when appropriate
• Association with known substance abusers
• Unusual borrowing of money from friends, co-workers or parents
• Stealing small items from employer, home or school
• Secretive behavior regarding actions and possessions; poorly concealed attempts to avoid attention and      suspicion such as frequent trips to storage rooms, restroom, basement, etc. 

Different substances lend themselves to different groups of symptoms. The most noticeable symptom in all cases is a change, sometimes a radical one, in behavior. 

Other physical signs of substance abuse are: slurred speech, memory impairment, lack of coordination, an inability to focus attention.

Are residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs covered by insurance?

Many insurance policies do cover residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, but there is a lot of variability between insurance companies regarding how much and which programs they cover. The best way to begin the search for a substance abuse treatment facility is to check with your insurance company to see what facilities they cover.  Vitality Unlimited accepts, and is contracted with, a variety of insurance carriers including Nevada Medicaid. Vitality Unlimited accepts all clients regardless of their ability to pay.  If you have questions please contact Barbara Caskey, our intake coordinator, at 775-738-6102.  

What is a sliding fee scale?

As a client of a treatment program receiving funds administered by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA) , you have the right to determination of fees according to a sliding schedule of fees that takes into account income and family size. Reduction of your fees according to this sliding schedule of fees is contingent upon providing verifying information. Ideally, such documentation should be provided at the intake session at which your share of costs is determined. If you are unable to provide such documentation at that time, you will be retroactively billed at the reduced rate determined by this worksheet only if you provide such documentation within two weeks of admission to a non-residential treatment program or within two weeks of discharge from a residential program. 

What Treatment Services does Vitality Unlimited offer? 

Vitality Unlimited offers the following range of services at our various facilities:

Outpatient treatment: Designed for individuals who have substance abuse problems but do not suffer from medical or mental health issues, are ready to change, and have a stable living environment. 
Intensive Outpatient treatment: Designed for individuals who have substance abuse problems and other complicating factors, but would do better in their own living environment. Individuals participate in about 9 hours of therapy weekly and receive individual/group therapy, case management services, medication management, family therapy, recreational therapy, and psychiatric support as needed.
Partial Day treatment: Provides more intensive services more frequently (about 20 hours per week), but still on an outpatient basis. Services are offered in a 4-hour time block each day and allow individuals to attend school or work and live at home. 
Detoxification: The first step for individuals with a severe, physical addiction. The 3 –7 day process halts substance use and stabilizes the individual medically.
Residential/Inpatient treatment: After detoxification, individuals enter 24-hour live-in facilities staffed full-time with addiction treatment and mental health personnel. 

Does Vitality Unlimited's treatment facilities also treat families?
 
Family treatment is included in almost all substance abuse treatment programs, including Vitality's.

Where do I get an application to Vitality Unlimited's treatment facilities?

A copy of our application packet may be downloaded from this site or you may contact Barbara Caskey, our intake coordinator, at 775-738-6102 and she will be happy to mail you an application.

What do I bring with me to treatment?

A copy of what you should and should not bring to treatment with you is included in the admissions packet.

Do I need to continue treatment after I complete residential?

The prescription for optimum success in early recovery is to remain actively engaged in treatment for a minimum period of ninety days.  It is important to remain in continuing care after residential treatment for from two to six months.

What is recovery (being clean and sober)?

Recovery is a journey not a destination.  Though you may hear the term recovered however, the more apt term is recovering because sobriety is a life-long process utilizing the skills learned in treatment.  Recovery is a process utilizing treatment, skills learned and healthy activities to return the person, and their body, to normal and productive functioning.  

What happens in treatment?

As with other chronic relapsing diseases residential treatment is unique to each individual.  It is a process of beginning self-actualization utilizing skills learned to enhance one's future life and remain sober and drug free.

What level of treatment is appropriate for me?

You will be assessed by a clinician through a very thorough screening process.  You will be diagnosed by your specific signs, symptoms and level of use according to the DSM-IV and assigned to the appropriate level of treatment according to the ASAM PPC II.