VIP FAQ

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

Q. Are residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs covered by insurance?
A. 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 now accepts Medicare, Nevada Medicaid and is contracted with a variety of insurance carriers. Vitality Unlimited accepts all clients regardless of their ability to pay.
Q. What is a sliding fee scale?
A. 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.
Q. 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 use disorders, but do not suffer from medical issues, are ready to change, and have a stable living environment. Our Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) provide a wide range of outpatient services for those with substance use disorders and their families. For a list of services see Outpatient Services under the (Treatments) tab above.
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment: Designed for individuals who have substance use disorders and other complicating factors, or co-occurring, mental, emotional or behavioral health issues, 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.
Q. Does Vitality Unlimited Treatment Facilities also treat families?
A. Family sessions or counseling is included in almost all substance use disorder treatment programs. Our Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) provide a wide range of outpatient services for those with substance use disorders and their families. For a list of services see Outpatient Services under the (Treatments) tab above.
Q. Where do I get an application to Vitality Unlimited treatment facilities?

A. You will find our applications here.

Q. Do I need to continue treatment after I complete residential?
A. 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 an additional two to six months.
Q. What is recovery (being clean and sober)?

A. 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.

Q. What happens in treatment?
A. Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health Problems are chronic relapsing diseases. Treatment is unique to each individual. It is a process of beginning self-discovery, utilizing skills learned to enhance one’s future life and remain emotionally stable, sober and drug free.
Q. What level of treatment is appropriate for me?
A. Each person seeking treatment is assessed and diagnosed by a qualified clinician. The screening process includes multiple interviews and use of national and state established assessment instruments. The level of service needed is related to each individual’s specific signs and symptoms. The DSM-V, LOCUS and the ASAM PPC II are used as guides in determining appropriate level of treatment.

Still Have a question? Contact us at Help@vitalityunlimited.org.

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