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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Why Methadone Doesn’t Cure Addiction

Methadone maintenance treatment, often used for treating addiction to heroin and other opiates, is often criticized as an ineffective therapy that just replaces one addiction with another.

Methadone is certainly a safer alternative to heroin or other street drugs, but using it without understanding its intended purpose can acutally perpetuate a cycle of abuse and addiction.

What Methadone is not

Methadone is not a cure for addiction. Methadone maintenance treatment itself is not recovery, though it can be a key part in achieving long-term sobriety.

“Used properly, [Methadone] is an appropriate, imperfect, in many cases inadequate, but sometimes very helpful method of harm reduction.” –Dr. Gabor Mate, at the Recovery 2.0 Conference

We often misunderstand the role of methadone because we forget that the addiction itself is not the fundamental problem. Addiction is really the user’s attempt to solve their problem.

True recovery happens as the addict begins to adress the underlying issues that led them to become addicted in the first place. When used properly, methadone stabilizes the person, interrupting the addiction and creating an opportunity for the process of recovery to begin.

How Methadone Works

By decreasing the painful withdrawal symptoms and harmful consequences of a powerful opioid addiction, methadone helps the addict heal physically so they can begin the process of healing emotionally. There are three reasons why methadone works:

  • Methadone is ingested orally, which decreases the risk of disease transmission and other physical consequences associated with IV injections
  • Methadone is legal, which means users are not breaking the law to obtain it
  • Methadone is long-acting, which means users only need to take it once a day to prevent withdrawal

Research has shown that Methadone therapy improves social health and productivity and increases the retention rate in treatment.

Why Methadone is important

What research does not specify—and what many physicians fail to realize—is the greater purpose of methadone therapy: to aid rehabilitation and treatmentMethadone’s real power lies in its ability to take the addict’s sole focus off of seeking their next hit so they can begin to seek a real, lasting solution to their problems.

Losing sight of real purpose of methadone thwarts the effectiveness of the drug and only fosters a cycle of dependence.