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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The Connection Between Tobacco, Drugs & Marijuana

The drug landscape is changing in many ways today. Legislation is shifting around marijuana use, and awareness on the dangers of tobacco use has become an ingrained part of the cultural consciousness. Given these factors, new research has begun with the hopes of exploring the ways that combined drug use impacts one’s motivation to quit using tobacco or cannabis either jointly or independently, given the different ways that these substances impact the body and the mind.

Men and women who report marijuana use also typically report using tobacco with some frequency, so the relationship between these two drugs is certainly worth exploring. From an addictions perspective, marijuana is less habit-forming than tobacco, and its habit-forming properties are more in the realm of the behavioral as opposed to the physiological. Still, users who regularly combine both cannabis and tobacco together may find that quitting their use of either drug is more difficult than if they were using only one of these substances. This finding is but one data point that has been revealed from what is being touted as the largest online survey of current drug users to date.

Researchers from Frontiers in Psychiatry combed through the responses of over 30,000 drug users across the globe, and cite several trends that indicate that for users who regularly consume tobacco and marijuana together, quitting tobacco will be a much tougher endeavor. These findings raise several interesting questions about the nature of addiction, and the ways that drug combinations affect the brain. Further, this research may be useful in encouraging discussions on expanding legislation from a harm reduction perspective. Some suggest that efforts resources should be focused on encouraging methods of marijuana use that do not include the use of tobacco, and efforts could be helpful in limiting polysubstance abuse, and in turn, might make quitting one’s drug of choice a bit easier in the long run. For example, vaporizers have become popular in recent years, and offer less harmful means of inhaling than other routes that can increase damage to the respiratory system.

There are no simple routes to take when it comes to ending cycles of addictive behavior. But by gaining a deeper understanding of the ways various substances affect the body and the brain, addictions professionals will be better equipped to support the men and women who seek their support to end their chemical dependence. As countless individuals continue to grapple with issues of substance abuse, more research is certainly needed in the realm of the science of addiction, and in particular, the effects of multiple types of drug use on the brain.

For now, the recovery community must make an effort to create pathways to healing that reflect the unique challenges that someone experiencing the effects of polysubstance abuse is enduring. At Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, we know that addiction is a multifaceted issue, and our programming reflects the individual needs of the men and women who come to recover from chemical dependence and mental health concerns of all kinds.