Vitality Unlimited Carson is a rehab in Carson City, Nevada that opened in December 2013, but Vitality Unlimited has been treating addiction since 1971. They serve mostly the Nevada area and proudly accommodate lower income residents as well as pregnant mothers.
Accommodations and Food
Vitality Unlimited is more of a hospital-type setting where residents stay three or sometimes four to a room for a total capacity of 30. There is no TV access other than to watch educational films or on the occasional Sunday to watch movies.
Staff prepares breakfast for clients, but lunch and dinner are actually the responsibility of the residents themselves in an attempt to encourage learning practical life skills. Lunch is often sandwiches or salads, while dinner is heartier, and can include steak dinners or pasta. There are also snacks throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
The average stay at Vitality Unlimited lasts 30 days and includes detox when necessary. After that, there’s 12-step meetings, individual therapy, group therapy, life skills (mostly cooking and cleaning), employment assistance counseling, addiction education and daily physical activity (generally either light stretching or walking).
A typical day at Vitality Unlimited begins with a 6 am wake-up followed by a morning chore, breakfast at 7 am, morning affirmations, meditation and reading from the Big Book at 8 am. Next comes an hour-long group at 9 am followed by a snack, and another group from 10:15-11:15 am. Clients then complete written work until lunch at noon. Following that, they either walk or engage in light physical activity from 1 pm until another group at 3 pm. More written assignments come at 4 pm followed by dinner at 5 pm. After dinner, residents attend an on-site AA or NA group. Next comes nightly affirmations and goal-sheet work (clients can also make phone calls at this time), and finally free time from 8 to 10 pm, where residents can write letters to family or just relax.
Staff consists of licensed counselors, administrative staff, a cook and a physician who stops by once a week to check on clients’ medicine dosages and general well-being. The staff-to-resident ratio is about two-to-one or three-to-one on any given day.
Upon arrival, everyone is subject to a 15-day black out period, during which they may not use the phone or have visitors. After this, family and friends can come to Vitality Unlimited on Sundays for a maximum of four hours with staff approval; no electronics are allowed on-site.
Vitality Unlimited Carson can refer clients to nearby counseling and AA and NA meetings upon completion of the program. It can also refer alumni to local educational resources such as community colleges, or to employment agencies.
Overall, Vitality Unlimited Carson offers medically supervised, basic treatment. It’s worth noting as well that they are a relatively new facility, and are bound to grow into a more advanced program like its sister facility in Elko, Nevada.
Vitality Unlimited Carson
900 E. Long St
Carson City, NV 89701
Vitality Unlimited Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Vitality Unlimited by phone at (775) 461-0999. Find Vitality Unlimited on Facebook
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