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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Understand Enabling: When Helping Isn’t Helping

It is easy to unknowingly enable your loved one in their addiction. You obviously aren’t trying to encourage their dangerous habits, but sometimes our actions feed rather than discourage an addiction.

In this article, we want to explore the concept of enabling and discuss how you might be unknowingly hindering your loved one from having a better life in recovery.

What Is Enabling?

Enabling is facilitating the progression of a problem by protecting others from the consequences of their own actions. If you’ve ever made an excuse for your loved one’s behavior, or loaned money, or shouldered responsibilities for your loved one struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, you’ve probably unknowingly enabled your loved one’s addiction.

Unfortunately, enabling is a natural instinct, and many of us do it without realizing what we’re doing. There are two stages of enabling:

The First Stage: Innocent Ignorance

In the first stage, your loved one does not realize that addiction is the problem–they do not consider alcohol or drugs to be the problem–rather they view those as the solution or escape to their problems (read Jeff’s story). A loved one struggling with addiction will blame negative circumstances and trouble on anything but addiction–stress, lack of self-discipline, bad luck, or just a normal part of growing up.

But if you continually rescue your loved one from natural scrapes and messes that come as a result of addiction, you are in essence condoning behavior and allowing alcohol and drugs to escape unnoticed. At this point, any likelihood of your loved one grasping the true reality of his or her situation highly unimaginable.

The Second Stage: Desperate Denial

The second stage is one of awareness and desperation. Not everyone goes through the second stage, but many do. This is when your loved one begins to realize the truth: addiction is the problem after all. And chances are, you too are in the same boat. Maybe you didn’t realize at first how much of a problem your loved one’s alcohol or drink use was, but now, you’re beginning to.

Many family members and friends of loved ones struggling with addiction also go through a period of denial. Instead of seeking help for their loved one, they often work overtime to preserve their loved one’s dignity and the family’s reputation, instead of working to help the loved one get treatment.

You might find yourself making excuses for work absenteeism, or bargaining with your loved one, or doing everything you can to prevent your loved one from suffering the consequences. But by reacting out of fear and desperation, you are inadvertently opening the doors for unintended consequences. Often loved ones at this point in their addiction begin doing things they would never have thought possible several years ago.

Enabling Is Destructive

“Fixing” the circumstances aren’t always good, and consequences aren’t always bad. In fact, pain could be your loved one’s reality check; it is one of the most effective tools to break through the delusion and denial of addiction.

When you try to ”fix” the current situation to shield your loved one from facing the consequences of their actions, you’re actually helping the addiction, not your loved one. Enabling prolongs the addiction cycle, producing more unnecessary pain and frustration for you and the family while preventing the addict from coming to grips wit reality. Enabling prolongs the problem and prevents the solution.

This “tough love” approach is one of the most difficult steps a family has to take to help the addict or alcoholic on their journey towards recovery.  However, it is necessary because if the enabling behavior doesn’t stop, families will love the addict/alcoholic to death.

But what can you do? Sometimes, instead of waiting for them to hit “rock bottom” you can help motivate them to seek help through loving confrontation and firmness, a process called intervention.

The Intervention Guide

We have compiled a FREE intervention guide to help you stage a successful intervention and help your loved one. Download the Intervention Guide now.

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