Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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.

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How to Keep the Coronavirus from Affecting Your Recovery

The fast-moving spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, has left little room to pause and take stock of your emotions. This is leading many to turn to whatever means necessary to handle the stress and anxiety they may be experiencing, even if those methods might not be the most beneficial. Despite the intensity of the current situation, it is possible to manage those overwhelming emotions in healthy ways.

Mounting Coronavirus Fears

The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are changing daily, with many areas across the United States trying to slow the spread of illness by mandating that people stay home and most businesses close. Without the option to maintain daily routines and visit the people closest to you, it doesn’t take long to start feeling a sense of isolation and emotional heaviness.

If you already struggle with a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression, a global crisis can intensify the symptoms you are experiencing. And those who have never had any mental health concerns may find themselves suddenly battling feelings of worry, anxiety, and stress that just won’t seem to go away.

Not everyone reacts to stressful situations the same way, so there’s no “normal” response to a global pandemic. However, some general signs of stress during a crisis like the spread of COVID-19 might include:

  • Having difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Worsening chronic health concerns
  • Increased alcohol, tobacco, or drug use

For those who are in recovery from a substance use disorder, these heightened emotions and physical discomforts can bring about the urge to self-soothe with drugs, alcohol, or other substances. Although the coronavirus situation can feel incredibly overwhelming, there are healthier ways to get through these difficult times.

Managing Stress from the Coronavirus

Because information about COVID-19 is changing so quickly, you may feel like you’ve lost control of your life, and that can be scary. With social distancing restrictions currently in place, standard coping tools are mostly off limits. But with some ingenuity, there are many ways to manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic while in recovery from a substance use disorder:

  • Get accurate information: There’s so much information to wade through, especially on social media, and that makes it hard to know what to believe. It’s best to follow official health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for updates on the coronavirus.
  • Step away from the updates: While it’s important to stay updated on how COVID-19 might affect our lives and local areas, following minute-by-minute updates can be overwhelming and may even contribute to worsening stress and anxiety. Taking a break from the news cycle can help you find a more balanced approach to the current chaos.
  • Stay active: Continuing to stay active is still possible even though gyms are closed and social distancing guidelines are in effect. When the weather allows, get outside for a walk, run, hike, or bike ride. There are also many physical activities you can do indoors, such as stretching, yoga, walking up and down stairs, or following free exercise videos posted online.
  • Eat healthy foods: The foods you eat can help you maintain a healthy immune system, so keeping your body nourished is more important than ever. Be mindful of what you are eating and plan your meals ahead of time so that you can make choices that are right for your body. If you are prone to emotional eating, try to keep healthier snacks in the house so that you are prepared if you experience a stress trigger.
  • Find ways to rest: Stress can make it difficult to get the rest you need right now, but lack of sleep actually makes stress worse. If you’re stuck in this vicious loop, avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine before bed. You can also try creating a relaxing routine before you go to sleep, like taking a bath, listening to soft music, meditating, or drinking a hot beverage.
  • Stay connected: Social distancing doesn’t mean completely isolating ourselves from those we care about. When facing frightening or unknown situations, it’s important to stay connected with your support system. Regular phone calls or video chats can help you feel less alone while following safe social distancing.

Recovery Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic

No matter how long you have been in recovery, the stress and uncertainty of a global pandemic is an immense weight that may trigger the urge to use again. If stress reduction tools aren’t minimizing that compulsion, there are many online recovery resources you can utilize, including a variety of virtual support groups that allow you to maintain safe social distancing while getting the help you need to stay sober.

Many addiction treatment centers are also offering telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic so that individuals can continue to get substance use treatment. However, if you need treatment right now, don’t let social distancing guidelines stop you from reaching out for help. Addiction treatment facilities across the country are updating their precautions daily so that the people who turn to them for care stay safe and protected while in treatment.

Feeling stressed and anxious from the spread of the coronavirus is a completely natural reaction. But by using healthy stress management techniques and reaching out for help when you need it, you can stay on the path to lasting sobriety.