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, on-site 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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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.
  • 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


How Science Proves Addiction is a Brain Disease

Technology is Moving Quickly

We are all aware of the explosion in social networking opportunities since the world rang in the 21st century just 13 years ago—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Smartphone, Instagram, Pinterest, to name the most obvious. I ask, “Who could have imagined?” But then it is obvious a lot of people had to have done just that, for without it, we would not have had the advances in technology, funding sources and, of course, the brilliant minds, that made this explosion in social networking opportunities possible.

Well, the same is true in a different realm—the realm of the science, and specifically, the science of the brain disease of addiction. Thanks to advances in imaging technologies, such as SPECT, PET and fMRI, scientists and medical professionals are now able to study the live human brain in action, under development, during substance abuse, with mental illness, with medications and after treatment.

Some of the key outcomes of these 21st century findings with regards to addiction are a clear understanding of the disease itself.

What We Now Know

  1. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease. By its simplest definition, disease is something that changes cells in a negative way. Addiction changes cells in the brain. Given that the brain controls everything a person thinks, feels, says and does, the nature of the cell changes caused by addiction changes a person’s behaviors, explaining why an addict|alcoholic will lie, steal and break promises made to those they love.  Understanding the science behind these cell changes is helping treatment professionals develop more effective methods for treating this disease.
  2. Addiction is a developmental disease. People are not born addicts|alcoholics. Addiction starts with substance abuse. When a person abuses a substance, the substance interrupts the brain’s communication system—a system comprised of cells (neurons), neurotransmitters, receptors, synapses, to name a few of the key components of what are called neural networks. Drugs and alcohol contain chemicals that tap into this communication system and when abused disrupt how cells normally send, receive and process information.  Repeated substance abuse chemically and structurally changes the brain making a person’s brain more susceptible to his or her key risk factors for developing the disease.
  3. Relapse can be part of the disease for some people. This is due to addiction’s effect on the brain’s pleasure or reward neural networks. Relapse does not mean treatment has failed, nor that brain healing has not occurred. But it does mean treatment should be reinstated or adjusted, as necessary.

More about Addiction

To learn more about the brain disease of addiction, including risk factors, relapse, how a person develops the disease, how drugs or alcohol hijack the brain, what works to help get a loved one into treatment and more, check out The Addiction Project. It is produced by HBO in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

We’d like to thank Lisa Frederiksen for writing this guest post for our site. Lisa Frederiksen is a consultant, national speaker and author of nine books, including If You Loved Me, You’d Stop! and Loved One In Treatment? Now What! She is the founder of and writes a blog of the same name.