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. 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. Are residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs covered by insurance?
Q. What is a sliding fee scale?
Q. Does Vitality Unlimited Treatment Facilities also treat families?
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?
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.