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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Should an Addict Use Opiate Painkillers?

Consider this: you are in long-term recovery for addiction and you have been progressing quite well. Suddenly, you are involved in an accident—a car wreck, a fall at work, or a sports injury—and you are in dire need of pain management. Your doctor prescribes you opiates to ease your suffering, but you and your family members have some concerns. Should you be taking opiate painkillers?

To thoroughly answer that question, we must first distinguish opiates from any other type of prescribed medication.

What Are Opiates?

Procured from the dried “milk” of the opium poppy plant, natural opiates are a group of narcotics that alleviate pain symptoms. On the contrary, synthetic opiates are developed in laboratories but with a similar chemical makeup. The collective group of both natural and synthetic opiates are called opiods.

Functioning as an analgesic (i.e. painkiller), opiods bind to receptors throughout the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract. Once attached, the narcotic blocks pain signals being transmitted to the brain and thereby depresses the central nervous system.

Common opiates include:

  • heroin
  • opium
  • codeine
  • morphine
  • hydrocodone
  • oxycodone

After the drug begins working, the user typically feels euphoric. Opiates also may induce drowsiness, warmth, decreased heart rate, and a general feeling of calm. Their additional tendency to ease stress is one of the reasons opiates are frequently abused.

Do Opiates Cause Addiction?

The euphoria that accompanies opiate ingestion may bring with it dependency. While these narcotics are legitimately prescribed to treat pain, in some cases, users can become tolerant causing them to take more and more of the drug to get the same effect. Plus, taking more than the prescribed dose of this medication can result in respiratory arrest or, even worse, death.

All opiates come with this risk of dependency. Therefore, in a scenario like that mentioned above, the concern of an addict being prescriped painkillers is very much warranted. A person who is susceptible to addiction, such as one in 12-Step, long-term recovery, is taking a great risk when using opiates. Similar to whatever substance the person was previously addicted to, long-term opiate use can train the mind to believe that this “high” or euphoria is as necessary to survival as food and water. Then, if the person were to stop taking opiates, he or she would experience withdrawal symptoms.

Signs of Opiate Addiction

Long-term overuse of opiates includes the following signs:

  • constipation
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • drowsiness
  • slow breathing rate
  • collapsed veins or clogged blood vessels
  • compromised immune system
  • increased risk of infectious diseases
  • coma

The best way to prevent mental and physical dependency of opiate painkillers is to avoid their use completely. However, if you must take these drugs, do so under the close observation of a doctor and, then, only take them as prescribed. These narcotics change the chemical structure of the brain over long-term use, so be mindful that they should only be used for short-term relief of pain.

Pain Management Alternatives

If you are in doubt about taking prescription opiates for fear of dependency, there are other options for you. The following are alternative ways to treat pain that are ideal for individuals in a 12-Step, long-term recovery program.

Biofeedback: These chairs enable you to learn how to stabilize your own stress and anxiety by educating yourself on your body’s response to pain. You can visit a medical provider who can train you on its use or you can purchase a machine for your home.

Acupuncture: Effective at treating various types of pain such as headaches or chronic back pain, acupuncture is an ages-old technique in which a licensed practitioner inserts needles into precise acupoints around the body.

Diet; Migraine headaches and joint pain are often exacerbated by certain culprits in the diet. Speaking with a nutritionist may help you catch problematic foods and remove them from your diet to alleviate pain.

Herbs and Supplements: There are numerous natural remedies that reduce one’s perception of pain. For example, valerian alleviates pain and increases relaxation. Yerba mate tea has been shown to help with pain associated with chemotherapy.

As to the central question of whether an addict should use painkillers, the answer lies within you. Remmber, to always equip yourself with all viable information before making a decision. Talk to your doctor and be sure to share your history. As you can see, opiate painkillers pose a risk of dependency for all users. So, if you are intent on staying free from dependency, you may want to choose an alternative method of relieving your pain. As they say: better safe than sorry.

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