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
People with drug and alcohol addiction often have co-occurring disorders – mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Drinking and drug use may be an attempt to relieve the symptoms of mental health disorders. Bluff Plantation has psychiatrists on staff who assess, diagnose and treat dual disorders. Effectively treating mental health conditions improves well-being and brings the individual a greater sense of peace – necessary for sustained sobriety.
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.
Whether sobriety is brand new or has lasted for many years, the risk of relapse remains a threat to recovery. What separates those who relapse from those who don’t? Using evidence-based treatments and therapies, Bluff Plantation teaches strategies and provides the support that has been shown to help men and women in recovery stay healthy and sober.
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.
Nutrition and Physical Wellness
At Bluff Plantation, our goal is to make sure that all of our patients’ healthcare needs are addressed. This is crucial to maintaining long-term sobriety. When people feel healthy physically and mentally, they sleep better. They have the energy to exercise and to participate in activities that are good for the body, mind and soul. They can enjoy their time with family and friends. Each one adds another brick in a strong foundation for recovery.
Meet the Staff
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 offers comprehensive therapy and dual diagnosis treatment for adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. According to its website, the facility provides holistic services with the amenities of a comfortable resort. Detox is available through the center’s affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Bluff Plantation follows a treatment philosophy combining holistic, neuroscience-driven, and physician-backed care.
The process begins with a comprehensive evaluation and plan of treatment. Services include detoxification (up to Level IV for severe cases), residential treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP), and intensive outpatient programming (IOP). Personal therapy, 12-step work, meditation, and nutritional counseling** may be incorporated at all stages.
Bluff Plantation focuses on continued care. To ease the transition following treatment, aftercare coordinators help clients readjust to life at home and work.
Part of the RiverMend Health Family of Treatment Centers and affiliated with the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, 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 includes therapists, nurses, nutrition counselors, and physicians.
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 information gathered by Rehabs.com, former clients have mainly positive experiences to report. Those who responded to survey questions about the facility offered the following ratings in these major categories: an average of four stars out of five for treatment effectiveness, 4.4 stars for accommodations and amenities, and 4.6 stars for meals and nutrition.
One consistent five-star reviewer told Rehabs.com: "Bluff changed my life! The staff cares deeply about everyone that walks through the doors. They were up front about what to expect, all costs, and provided everything they said they would. I would recommend this place to anyone I care about." Another five-star reviewer shared: "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. Recommend highly!"
On the other end of the spectrum, a former client wrote: "Wonderful staff,but not really equipped for methadone detox,at least not as painless as they promise. It\'s very painful & you are surrounded by other people in different stages of rehab." In a mixed review, an alum warned: "The doctors and technicians were very supportive and caring. The billing department leaves much to be desired. For example, not every test they give you while in treatment is covered by insurance. 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."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Most of the loved ones polled by Rehabs.com regarded Bluff Plantation favorably with high ratings for cleanliness. M.T. 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."
Most of the variables in the Rehabs.com survey received ratings of four stars or more out of five with the exception of affordability, which received an average of 3.67 stars. “Very homey but expensive,” one alum noted.
One negative reviewer wrote: "DO NOT GO TO OR SEND a love one to this facility!!! This facility is doing nothing but preying on individuals struggling with substance abuse."
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.
According to its website, the facility evaluates clients' insurance coverage and discusses a range of payment options.
Published on October 2017
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