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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Causes & Effects of Ambien Abuse

Understanding Ambien Abuse

Learn about Ambien abuse

Ambien is a prescription medication that is used to treat insomnia. This sedative can be consumed safely under the care of your doctor. But if used outside of recommended guidelines or illicitly, Ambien can become habit-forming.

Taking Ambien in greater amounts or more frequently than intended can lead to tolerance and addiction. Over time, this can cause a chemical dependence that will require professional treatment to overcome.

Due to the addictive nature of Ambien, trying to limit your use on your own can result in painful withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately, with the help of a specialized Ambien addiction treatment program, you can gain the support you need to achieve lasting sobriety.


Ambien abuse statistics

  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), between 2005 and 2010, the number of emergency room visits that were related to the use of Ambien increased 220%.
  • According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), 0.2% of individuals age 18 and older suffer from sedative, hypnotic, or anxiolytic use disorder, which includes an addiction to Ambien.
Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for Ambien abuse

Several factors can influence your risk for becoming addicted to Ambien or another substance:

  • Associating with peers who abuse substances
  • Having a family history of substance abuse and addiction
  • Early exposure to substance abuse
  • Having an impulsive temperament
  • Having a novelty-seeking temperament
  • Beginning to use drugs recreationally at an early age
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Ambien abuse

The following signs and symptoms of Ambien abuse may indicate that you need professional help:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Taking larger doses of Ambien than prescribed
  • Continuing to take Ambien despite having the desire to stop
  • Isolating yourself from friends and family
  • No longer participating in activities that you once enjoyed
  • Spending a great deal of time participating in activities that revolve around obtaining, consuming, or recovering from the use of Ambien
  • No longer performing at the expected level at work
  • No longer adhering to daily tasks and responsibilities
  • Engaging in reckless behavior

Physical symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Dry mouth
  • Nose irritation
  • Throat irritation
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Muscle pain
  • No longer being able to fall asleep without taking Ambien

Mental symptoms:

  • Experiencing cravings for Ambien
  • Having a compulsive desire to acquire Ambien
  • Experiencing delusions and/or hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Suicidal ideation

Effects of Ambien abuse

If you become dependent upon Ambien, you may experience the following effects of Ambien abuse:

  • Demotion or job loss due to being unable to meet expectations
  • Familial conflict
  • Relationship disturbances
  • Financial strife
  • Onset of physical and cognitive ailments
Dual Diagnosis

Ambien abuse and dual diagnosis

People who abuse Ambien may have an increased risk for other mental or behavioral health disorders. Clinicians refer to the simultaneous presence of multiple disorders as dual diagnosis. Ambien abuse is associated with the following disorders:

  • Tobacco use disorder
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Other substance use disorders
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders

The risk of dual diagnosis is one of the reasons why it’s so important to get comprehensive help for Ambien abuse. Many people don’t realize they need care for dual diagnosis until they enter a program. Properly identifying and addressing dual diagnosis concerns will help you achieve successful long-term recovery.

Withdrawal and Overdose

Effects of Ambien withdrawal and overdose

Effects of withdrawal: Limiting or ceasing your use of Ambien can cause:

  • Worsened insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Panic attacks

Effects of overdose: A person who experiences the following symptoms after using Ambien may have overdosed, and should seek immediate medical attention:

  • Irregular breathing
  • Delayed and/or decreased response to stimuli
  • Noticeably altered mental status
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Extreme confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
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