Category: Research and Policies

Duffy’s Recent Guest Reviews

We are proud to announce the results of the most recent HealthStream survey filled out by Duffy’s guests who completed their treatment. HealthStream is a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, transforming insight into action by surveying clients and delivering outcomes-based results for healthcare organizations. Part of an Acadia-wide program, these surveys are handed to our guests during their last week in treatment. The sealed... Read More

Duffy’s Achieves 3-Year CARF Accreditation

As most of you know, Duffy’s Napa Valley has been in existence since 1967. Since then, Duffy’s has continually focused on advancing their quality of services to best meet the needs of their guests in pursuit of the best possible outcomes. In this effort, Duffy’s began working with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in 2014 and achieved their first CARF Accreditation with close to 200 recommendations. We... Read More

CARF Accreditation

On May 20, 2014, Duffy’s received a 3-Year accreditation from CARF (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). This accreditation is official recognition that Duffy’s is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practies and is a public statement that our organization strives to ensure our services are of the highest quality. About CARF CARF International provides a framework, then consults and advises health and human service organizations to help improve their... Read More

Duffy’s NAADAC certification

On February 21, 2014, Duffy’s became a Premier Organizational Member of NAADAC, a national organization that provides education, clinical training and certification for addiction professionals. This certification helps Duffy’s stay on the cutting edge of the addiction profession and ensures that the clinical care offered at Duffy’s is rated among the best in the world. Clinical excellence is a core element of our program, and we have always valued continual... Read More

How Do I Get Coverage through the Marketplace that Pays for Rehab

We’re only a few days away from the March 31 insurance marketplace open-enrollment deadline. And if you’re doing some last-minute shopping on Covered California and want substance abuse treatment, you might be asking: Q: What insurance plan should I sign up for through the marketplace to get coverage for treatment at Duffy’s? A: Any PPO plan or Anthem Blue Cross plan Explanation Some treatment centers do not accept insurance, others... Read More

How Genetics Influence Addiction

Substance abuse affects everyone differently, which is what makes addiction an unpredictable disease. One person may become addicted after using a drug only one time, while another occasionally uses the drug for years without developing a dependence. Environmental and social factors play a big role in whether or not a person will form an addiction, but research shows that genetics are a big part of the equation as well. Many... Read More

How Heroin and Alcohol Can Kill You in Five Minutes

When Cory Monteith, the Canadian lead actor on Glee, died this past weekend, we were brought face-to-face with the reality that an overdose is far too easy. How could this tragedy have happened? Is it really possible for heroin and alcohol to kill? Unfortunatley, this deadly mixture is far too common. Heroin and alcohol both depress the part of the brain that controls the basic functions of life—breathing, body temperature,... Read More

Top Facts You Want to Know about 2C-1 (Smiles)

There’s a new drug out there called Smiles, more technically known as 2C-1. Like Bath Salts, K2 or “fake weed,” Smiles is another illegal designer drug popular among young adults. Smiles, made sometime in the early 2000s by a drug guru called Alexander Shulgin, was first popular in Europe before it made its way to the US. Introduced as a hallucinogen in 2005, Smiles didn’t attract much attention until September... Read More

Physical vs. Psychological Addiction: What’s the Difference?

“Ecstasy not considered that addictive” ran a headline in the Calgary Herald, an online journal in Canada. This headline may catch people’s attention, but it is very misleading. In fact, one could argue that it’s a flat-out lie. Sure, it is true that ecstasy has a lower potential to cause physical dependency than some other drugs, but the article fails to mention the high psychological addiction of ecstasy. What is... Read More

What Are Biomarkers?

There are lots of different approaches to treat alcohol addiction, like using medications (Naltrexone) or the meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Or biomarkers. Biomarker testing have been used to monitor treatment outcomes for quite some time, and lately biomarkers have been linked with genetic testing to facilitate personalized treatment. A recent pilot study done by the Waukesha County of Wisconsin have shown the value of biomarkers in delaying relapse. With all... Read More

Top 10 Most Commonly Abused Drugs and Their Effects

Update: the content in this blog has been modified as of January 2014 to reflect the most recent national survey.* Although it is impossible to measure the extent of drug use, drug use is everywhere. From bathrooms and refrigerators to cars and street corners, alcohol and drug use touch every part of our culture. Recent national data* from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a reliable estimate of which... Read More