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

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What I Learned about Listening from AA

“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” –Charlie Kaufman

We communicate in many ways. We use touch to say unspoken words. Our eyes are the “windows to the world” and our bodies turn and gesture in an intricate dance of conveyance.

Addiction found me sorely wrapped up in myself and my conversation topics followed suit—I talked about me! “I need, I want, give me,” seemed to be all that was on my inebriated mind.

A Lesson on Communication

I learned many things in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotic Anonymous. One huge lesson was on how to communicate effectively. Learning that my words could sting or that they could soothe was paramount to obtaining my sobriety.

“Take the cotton out of your ears and stick it in your mouth,” was told to me in the beginning. Listening and not just hearing was difficult.“

My initial take on the meetings was to reject what I was hearing. After all, I was a competent, fairly bright woman who had been around for four decades. What did these strangers know?

But as they shared their experiences, strengths and hopes, I miraculously began attending to their words. These folks were letting me into a place that was certainly familiar. Of course, some were what I would label obnoxious, but the majority of the members were making a concerted effort to get well and used language as a way of doing so.

How I Listen Now

I began to realize that my listening skills were poor. After more AA meetings than I can count and a bit of research, I realized that in order to listen, a few things need to happen:

  • I have to stop talking.
  • I need to prepare myself to listen and pay attention.
  • I need to remove distractions and show that I was listening.
  • I need to defer judgement.
  • And finally, I need to empathise and respond appropriately.

Over time, using these guidelines, I became less me-oriented and welcomed the words of my fellows. Again another miracle occurred… I realized that these words, these contacts, could save me from myself.

All that I had to do was not drink or drug, be attentive, not be afraid to let my feelings show, and know that most of the advice that came my way was well-meaning and accurate.

Author: Katie H. is a writer, recovering addict, and mother based in Connecticut.