Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Duffy's Napa Valley Rehab to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, visitation is no longer allowed at Duffy's Napa Valley Rehab.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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How I Survived My First Sober Christmas

“So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear…”

Christmas is upon us once again and the above is my favorite song at this time of year. John Lennon certainly had a talent for finding lyrics that make us consider his point of view.

Christmas however, can be a rough time for the newly sober. Wine with the main meal and eggnog liqueurs to keep the party going are bountiful. I found that I was able to discuss my concerns prior to the big day with family members. Having others support my commitment to sobriety was extremely helpful, but alcohol was never far from my thoughts.

My First Sober Christmas

I recall my first Christmas as a sober lady. I looked around at the people celebrating, drink in hand, and assumed that their merriment was out of reach for me.

As the day progressed, something incredible took place, though. The spirit of the holiday, the birth of my savior, overtook the “poor me’ doldrums that I had been experiencing. I focused on the crèche and relived the amazing story. Mother Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the holy star brought me to tears as I felt the power of the event.

Our Lord was born that day and brought solace to all. I repeatedly thought about “Peace on earth, good will toward men” and found that my cravings slowly lessened. I began to realize that I was truly blessed and that I had received the best gift of all; a clear head and an ability to interact with my loved ones in a manner that did not include drinking drama.

I allowed myself to join in the carols, the feast, and the opening of gifts. I looked at this day as a celebration of my love for my Higher Power and thanked him for my precious gift.

5 Tips for a Sober Holiday

Enjoy your holidays by planning ahead. It may take a bit of time, but recall the consequences of your drinking or drugging. Here are 5 things I’ve found helpful over the years in maintaining my sobriety over the holidays;

  1. Bring a sober friend to the Christmas party if you can.
  2. Have a list of your sober fellows’ phone numbers. Excuse yourself to use the bathroom or to get some fresh air and call on your cell phone if need be.
  3. Speak with your sponsor before you leave.
  4. Get to a meeting prior to your departure and share your concerns.
  5. Remember that your sobriety comes first. If you feel that it is in jeopardy, don’t go to the event!’

…And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
And a new one just begun.”
~ John Lennon

Embrace your sobriety and see it as the blessed gift that it is.

Merry, merry Christmas to all!

Author: Katie H. is a writer, recovering addict, and mother based in Connecticut.