Treatment Center Setting
Bluff Plantation Philosophy
Our clinical team will develop an individualized treatment plan to address your unique challenges. Because addiction can affect so many aspects of life, we focus on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—by incorporating a multidisciplinary blend of holistic and traditional therapies. Our program includes mindfulness meditation, spiritual care, exercise, and nutrition counseling. During your stay, we’ll help you discover the tools needed for better self-awareness and for sustaining long-term sobriety and wellness.
Areas of Specialization
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Meet the Staff
Duke Vinson, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, CCAADC, CCPD-D, CCS, SAP
As the Executive Director of Bluff Plantation, Duke Vinson leads all counseling, recovery and business administrative operations of this world class, recovery destination and treatment center. Duke brings a wealth of practical know how, personal and professional experiences which has made him a valued strategic leader to recovery programs from Georgia to Mississippi. Back home in Georgia, Duke has brought his vision, work ethic and dedication to treatment and recovery to the Bluff Plantation. He is translating his efforts into measurable strategies and concrete actions that advance Bluff Plantation’s mission to be one of the most comprehensive, luxurious residential addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers on the East Coast. Working alongside Dr. William Jacobs, Medical Director of Bluff Plantation and the partners at the Medical College of Georgia, Duke Vinson ensures that leading-edge programs and services are provided and are consistent with client needs to achieve census and clinical goals in accordance with Bluff Plantation’s policies and procedures. Prior to Bluff Plantation, Duke Vinson was the Executive Director at Oxford Centre, a comprehensive addiction treatment center in the academic, college town where Ole Miss is located. His experiences helped make the transition to the Bluff Plantation, Georgia Regents University and the Medical College of Georgia seamless. Duke led the center by integrating medical, clinical and experiential components of addiction recovery, providing comprehensive treatment models that were outcome and evidence-based. Prior to joining The Oxford Centre, he worked as a clinical expert and therapist at Talbott Recovery in Atlanta before being appointed Director of Business Development. A native of Columbus, Georgia, Duke Vinson held a career in marketing and management before entering the field of addiction treatment.
William S. Jacobs, M.D.
Dr. William S. Jacobs, is the Medical Director of Bluff Plantation. He also serves as Chief of Addiction Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. Dr. Jacobs is a national clinical expert, triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He has served as a consultant for the Florida Office of Drug Control, the United States Senate Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, and the U.S. Department of Labor. He has testified on Capitol Hill on MDMA – commonly known as ecstacy – and prescription misuse and abuse and has testified and consulted for the Drug Enforcement Agency on safe prescribing of narcotic drugs and the model of ideal treatment programs. Jacobs is also national forensic expert in addiction caused by medical treatment, accidental overdose, injury and death, as well as tobacco.
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ABOUT BLUFF PLANTATION
Stretching across 178 acres of land along the Savannah River in Augusta, Ga., Bluff Plantation is a luxury adult residential treatment facility offering comprehensive therapy and dual diagnosis treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. According to its website, the facility’s “discrete, luxurious setting” provides holistic services with all the amenities of a comfortable resort. There is specialized treatment for individuals struggling with alcohol abuse, drug abuse, pain medication abuse, or co-occurring disorders. Detox is available on-site.
Bluff Plantation is part of the RiverMend Health Family of Recovery Programs, and it is also affiliated with the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University (where detoxification services are offered).
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Bluff Plantation follows a treatment philosophy combining holistic, neuroscience-driven, and physician-backed care.
Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation and is available at several levels. There is detoxification (up to Level IV for severe cases), residential treatment, intensive outpatient programming, and partial hospitalization treatment. Regardless of the program, personal therapy, 12-step work, meditation, and nutritional counseling may be incorporated into treatment.
Bluff Plantation allows for continued care. According to the facility’s website, planning for post-graduation starts during the initial rehabilitation period. To ease the transition, aftercare coordinators help clients readjust to life at home or work.
Bluff Plantation is led by highly experienced pain and addiction experts, including a triple board certified medical director and a master’s level executive director. Other treatment staff consist of therapists, nurses, nutrition counselors, and physicians. The facility has a staff-to-client ratio of 3:1.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Accommodations at Bluff Plantation are secluded and comfortable. There are 19 beds, and residents live in several private cottages. The surrounding natural environment offers a peaceful backdrop for meditation, yoga, and equine therapy. Residents eat gourmet, chef-prepared meals inspired by the science of diet and brain function.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
According to reviews gathered by Rehabs.com, former residents have mixed to positive experiences at Bluff Plantation. Two of the three alumni polled on criteria such as treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, holistic options, family participation, and affordability each gave the center four- and five-star reviews in all categories. The third alum, Jeff, gave mostly one- and two-star ratings, with a favorable review of only the exercise and leisure options.
In another negative review, Beth complained about a lack of transparency in what treatments and tests are covered by insurance during her stay. “not every test they give you while in treatment is covered by insurance,” wrote Beth. “They do not communicate this to you when you take said test, and whatever credit card you have on file is then charged $1500.00 without your authorization.”
The facility’s Facebook page, which Bluff Plantation can manage, also has favorable reviews. Of the 10 user reviews to date, nine give the facility maximum ratings for an average 4.6 out of five stars. In a representative review, Debbie remarked: “The staff were wonderful and the fact that diet and exercise were incorporated into their program was a HUGE benefit. Lots of one on one counseling and application of spiritual principles was key.” Another reviewer, Fredj, wrote: This place gives you the tools to know God and get right with him.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones rated Bluff Plantation highly, with particularly high ratings for cleanliness. One reviewer praised the doctor-patient interaction. “Dr. Jacobs and the clinical staff are amazing!! It's rare to have daily interaction with the Medical Director, the doctors usually "stop by" a couple times a week at other programs,” M.T. wrote.
Though all the factors were given positive ratings, affordability received the lowest rating at an average 3.67 stars. “Very homey but expensive,” one alum noted.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Of the two staff members surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, both recommended the facility highly, although one qualified their positive recommendation with low ratings in affordability, exercise & leisure, and family participation.
The facility accepts private insurance providers, including Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, United Behavioral Health, and others.
Updated December 2016
Published on January 2017
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