Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Virginia Alcohol Monitoring has compiled a list of commonly-asked questions that we receive from SCRAMx clients. If you experience any issues outside of these or have additional questions, please call Virginia Alcohol Monitoring at 240-498-4612.

  1. Do I have to be court ordered to participate in the SCRAMx program?
  2. How much does SCRAMx cost?
  3. Does the bracelet make noise?
  4. Can I go swimming while participating in the SCRAMx program?
  5. I have a digital phone line. Will that work with the SCRAMx system?
  6. What products should I refrain from using while participating in the SCRAMx program?
  7. How do I prepare for airport screening?
  8. I am scheduled to have an MRI. Is it safe to wear the SCRAMx bracelet during an MRI procedure?
  9. I am experiencing problems with my bracelet communicating with the base station. What should I do?
  10. How are alcohol alerts confirmed?

Do I have to be court ordered to participate in the SCRAMx program?

No. You may voluntarily participate in the SCRAMx program to prove sobriety or for other reasons. To get information on how to get enrolled in a voluntary SCRAMx program, call Virginia Alcohol Monitoring at 240-498-4612.

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How much does SCRAMx cost?

SCRAMx programs are flexible, diverse and can have a variety of pricing models. Please contact Virginia Alcohol Monitoring at 240-498-4612 for more information on specific costs.

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Does the bracelet make noise?

When the SCRAMx bracelet takes a reading every 30 minutes, a light buzzing sound can be heard but is discreet.

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Can I go swimming while participating in the SCRAMx program?

No. Do not submerge the SCRAMx bracelet in water. Showers are the only permitted bathing method. If you submerge the SCRAMx bracelet in water, it will be flagged as an ‘attempt to defeat’ the bracelet and will be handled in the same manner as a tamper or obstruction. You will also be held financially liable for any damages caused by submerging or damaging the SCRAMx bracelet.

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I have a digital phone line. Will that work with the SCRAMx system?

The SCRAMx system will work best with an analog phone line, but here is some information if your phone system is different:

  • DSL on an analog phone line must use a DSL filter (can be purchased at RadioShack) for the SCRAMx base station to function properly
  • Digital phone services − such as Comcast Digital Voice − that are wired directly into the client’s home typically work well
  • VOIP
    • T-Mobile @ Home is not compatible
    • Vonage may occasionally drop calls, but it is still usable if the quality setting is set to 50 Kbps or higher

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What products should I refrain from using while participating in the SCRAMx program?

Do not use or possess any product containing alcohol, including (but not limited to): mouthwash, medicinal alcohol, household cleaners and disinfectants, lotions, body washes, perfumes, colognes, or other hygiene products that contain alcohol. No products other than soap and water should be used on the skin around the bracelet. For more information on specific products, please contact Virginia Alcohol Monitoring at 240-498-4612.

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How do I prepare for travel/airport screening?

Before traveling, always contact your supervising agent at Virginia Alcohol Monitoring. It’s a good idea to carry your court paperwork with you to indicate your participation in the SCRAMx program. When passing through security, inform TSA that you are wearing an electronic monitoring device you cannot take off. The TSA agent may “swab” the bracelet and test it. However, you should be permitted to pass through security with the SCRAMx bracelet.

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I am scheduled to have an MRI. Is it safe to wear the SCRAMx bracelet during an MRI procedure?

If you are scheduled for an MRI, please contact your supervising agent at Virginia Alcohol Monitoring prior to the appointment and make arrangements to have the SCRAMx bracelet removed prior to the MRI procedure. Your agent may require an alternate method of alcohol monitoring during the time SCRAMx is removed.

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I am experiencing problems with my bracelet communicating with the base station. What should I do?

If you experience communication issues between your SCRAMx bracelet and the base station, please contact Virginia Alcohol Monitoring at 240-498-4612 immediately.

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How are alcohol alerts confirmed?

When data is received from the SCRAMx base station, it is stored in SCRAMNET, the web-based application managed by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. where data is collected, analyzed, and maintained in a secure, central location. When the system generates an alcohol alert, a team of trained data analysts may also conduct a thorough and strict review process to further examine the data before confirming the event. If an alert is confirmed, your supervising agent will be notified immediately and will hold you accountable with swift and certain consequences.

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