ABOUT VITALITY ACTIONS
Founded in 1971 and partly funded by southern Nevada’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA), Vitality Unlimited is an addiction treatment nonprofit. Vitality ACTIONS – short for Adolescents Committed to Independence, Opportunity and a New Start – one of the organization’s facilities, started in 1989 in Elko, Nev. This highly structured program offers residential treatment for adolescent women ages 12 to 17 who are struggling with substance abuse and a. Pregnant women and intravenous drug users are given priority treatment. Medical detox does not appear to be offered on-site.
Residential treatment for adults as well as adolescent outpatient treatment is available at separate facilities.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to its website, Vitality ACTIONS “offers a safe haven where participants can recover from substance abuse and claim their future.” The holistic treatment program develops clients’ cognitive, behavioral, social, language, reading, vocational, and other skills to help them overcome their alcohol, drug, and related issues. The length of stay varies, based on clients’ diagnosis, severity, and response to treatment.
Treatment begins with an assessment; where appropriate, this is carried out by a mental health professional, who also can assess potential mental health disorders.
The backbone of the intensive treatment program is individual and group counseling. Working toward the goal of promoting responsibility, self-reliance, competency, and a sense of the importance of the family, among other values, treatment modalities are supplemented by life-skills training, peer assessment, experiential learning, goal setting, anger management classes, relapse prevention, and a focus on self-growth and respect for self and others. General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes and continued educational classes are provided on-site. Clients each receive a.
Vitality ACTIONS is staffed 24 hours a day. The treatment team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing staff, rehabilitation technicians, licensed clinical addiction counselors, a dietitian, and a credentialed school teacher. Of the two individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date, one was asked to assess the level of support received from staff and the level of training found in staff, and gave the facility four out of five stars in both categories. The other individual, however, was asked to assess the staff’s level of training and experience, and gave it just two stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Vitality ACTIONS provides a home-like atmosphere with dietitian-approved meals. Photos on the website depict a brightly painted facility with comfortable meeting rooms, modest sleeping quarters. and a large kitchen. Communication with loved ones is restricted during treatment, and smoking and smokeless tobacco use is prohibited for the duration of treatment.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Two alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing about Vitality ACTIONS submitted largely positive feedback. Both indicated that they would recommend treatment at this center and offered high/relatively high ratings for the major categories of the survey: an average of 4.5 out of five stars for overall effectiveness and for meals and nutrition, and 3.5 stars for accommodations and amenities.
Though each alum awarded the facility mostly four- or five-star ratings for the core elements of its treatment, such as its family program, quality of group counseling, and its basis in the 12-Steps, both gave lower ratings of three stars and one star for its holistic options.
One reviewer wanted Best-rehabs.com to know that the program was “very structured and kept us busy from wake-up until late in the evening.” This former client indicated that “there was High overturn with employees.” The other pointed out that the center “helped me refocus my priorities. and recall what moght have been responsible for me getting away from them” and added “My experience was a good one. But I more of less wanted it. You have to WANT a change in your life or it will never happen.”
According to the facility’s website, Vitality ACTIONS accepts most insurance policies, including Medicaid, and offers a sliding fee scale for qualifying clients. An alum polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it four out of five stars.