Category: Treatment

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

Tempted by your Dog’s Prescription?

Veterinary Dangers with Prescription Drugs When it comes to stealing prescription drugs in the workplace, most people immediately think of individuals who are employed at a pharmacy, hospital, or medical center partaking in this action. While illegally taking prescription drugs in these venues is an issue in itself, many individuals do not realize that their neighborhood veterinary office might also be experiencing the same problems. Yes, it might sound strange... Read More

Kratom: The New Opioid?

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), 1.5 billion people throughout the world struggle with a chronic pain condition. Within the United States alone, more prescriptions are written for painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin than in all other parts of the world combined. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared prescription painkiller abuse an epidemic, as more and more individuals grappling with... Read More

Fentanyl Overdoses in the Bay Area

Created in 1960 by a physician named Paul Janssen, fentanyl is a powerful opioid medication used to relieve pain. Opioids, which get their name from the opium plant, are a class of medications that are very effective at relieving pain but also present a high risk for addiction. Fentanyl is one of the most powerful of these medications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl is... Read More

Share Your Experience, Strength and Hope

Living out the 12th Step The twelfth step in Alcoholics Anonymous says, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” From the beginning, Gene Duffy, our founder, embraced this twelfth step, sharing his story of hope many times and placing the slogan, “Together they shared their experience, strength, and hope”... Read More

The Importance of Leaving the City for Treatment

Stepping away from one’s everyday life poses many advantages when taking on the endeavor of becoming sober. Residential treatment, an option for care that enables men and women to fully focus on recovery in a setting that is free from the temptation of using substances, is a level of care that has helped countless individuals win the war against addiction and chemical dependency. However, for the busy professional, residential treatment... Read More

Duffy’s Launching Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

In the coming weeks, Duffy’s will officially open its first intensive outpatient program (IOP). The program builds upon our 49-year heritage of comprehensive inpatient treatment, and gives our guests a treatment option that helps them balance their recovery with day-to-day life. The IOP facility, located in downtown Calistoga, includes space for both one-on-one and group counseling sessions. What We’re Excited About Back in 1967 Gene Duffy, a passionate recovering alcoholic,... Read More

Lessons From John Lennon and His Song, “Cold Turkey”

“Temperature’s rising Fever is high Can’t see no future Can’t see no sky My feet are so heavy So is my head I wish I was a baby I wish I was dead Cold turkey has got me on the run My body is aching Goose-pimple bone Can’t see no body Leave me alone My eyes are wide open Can’t get to sleep One thing I’m sure of I’m at... Read More

How to Give Back During Recovery

“Giving, rather than getting, will become the guiding principle.” –Page 128, the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous I have mentored four women during my 15 years of sobriety. There is nothing that makes me more content than to watch these women continue to grow in their sobriety. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to point them in the right direction. Being of Service There are many ways to serve.... Read More

What I Learned From My Sobriety in 2015

Here we are, already 8 days into the new year. Maybe you’ve kept your resolutions, or maybe you’ve already broken a few. Maybe you’ve already experienced tragedy, or perhaps you had a joy-filled start to 2016.  Reality is, we don’t have a lot of control over what happens in our lives over this next year. But we can do at least one thing—stay sober! Something I’ve found helpful each new... Read More

How to Prevent Addiction Relapse

You just finished up your treatment program. Your body is 100% drug/alcohol-free, and you feel ready to return home to start a new life of sobriety. You’re a little nervous, but excited, and ready to restore relationships, return to work, and sit around the dinner table with your family again. What you may not realize, though, is that you’re entering into the most challenging phase of your recovery journey. Think... Read More

Why I’m Thankful for Sobriety

As our time of thanks nears, I am recalling the many Thanksgiving meals I have attended. Generally, the group that I’m with will pause before indulging, and share the things they are grateful for. Health, having a job, and being with loved ones’ seem to prevail as standard statements. Everyone that I am close to knows I’m a sober alcoholic, and I always mention my sobriety when it’s my turn.... Read More

Is Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?

You’re a busy person—most of us are. You have a job, a family, a pet, a house to keep up with, and a long list of unchecked boxes on your bucket list. In short, you might not be able to take 30 or 60 days off from these responsibilities and pursuits to attend an inpatient rehabilitation program. If you’re in this boat, and you’re looking for addiction recovery help, outpatient... Read More

From Rock Bottom, to Stigmatized, to Accepted

When my life reached rock bottom, there was nowhere to go but up. Alcohol and prescription drug abuse had left me in a desolate, unhealthy place. Divorced and without custody of my son, I felt that only death could be worse. This was me, a true alcoholic and drug addict.  I can see in my mind’s eye the homeless person, tattered and dirty, clutching a brown paper bag with a... Read More

What Is the Cost of Addiction?

Addiction comes at a price. There’s no debate about it. But how much of a price? Addiction is really good at not telling us just how costly it really is. Addiction is costly in multiple areas: Financial People who may have a difficult time paying rent or buying groceries somehow find money to buy drugs. The true cost is variable and it often creeps into a person’s finances without notice.... Read More