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
Bluff Plantation is a comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment program for adults ages 18 and older struggling with drugs, alcohol, and co-occurring mental health disorders in Augusta, Ga. Stretching across 178 acres of land along the Savannah River, Bluff Plantation is one of only 51 (17.5 percent) facilities in the state of Georgia to offer long term residential treatment in addition to outpatient care for those focused on making the transition back into their communities.
Bluff Plantation is located just 15 minutes from Augusta Regional Airport and runs medical detoxification services on-site through its affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia, making it just one of 15 (5.1 percent) facilities statewide that offer such services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Bluff Plantation is guided by the perspective that a one fits all approach is ineffective. “By matching treatment settings, medications, and services to each person’s particular needs,” the facility maintains, clients are afforded the greatest prospects for long-term recovery.
Programs held across the 178-acre property are also designed to provide privacy and comfort, as well as a physical distance between clients and their negative relationships and environments. Still, clients’ families are invited to attend a family program and/or schedule a private family session when needed.
Treatment begins with a comprehensive assessment that factors in a client’s psychological, social, biological, and other influences. This information is then gathered to create an individualized plan that may include evidence-based counseling, behavioral group therapy, neuroscience-driven medical care, 12-step work, and nutritional counseling. Residents are also encouraged to spend time in nature: they can hike campus trails, practice meditation and yoga on the outdoor patio, or get their hands dirty in the campus gardens.
While some individuals may be able to temporarily leave behind their commitments to work or school, others may not. As such, Bluff Plantation caters to a wider audience under its partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and standard outpatient levels of care. The PHP runs five full days a week and the IOP can be arranged for either three or five days a week, three to four hours each day. To help clients adjust back to work and home life, aftercare coordinators help set up continuing care plans.
A RiverMend Health recovery program, Bluff Plantation enjoys a close affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia. The program is led by a team of highly experienced pain and addiction experts, including a triple board-certified medical director and a master’s level executive director. Other staff include equine and art therapists, registered nurses, licensed counselors, case managers, and nutritionists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Accommodations at Bluff Plantation are private and comfortable. The center can accommodate 19 residential clients at a time in private cottages set within a natural environment that encourages hiking, meditation and yoga, and equine therapy. Residents eat gourmet, chef-prepared meals.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The majority of the alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date had positive experiences to report. Collectively, alumni told of a deeply caring staff and a “peaceful and secluded” program that works by incorporating diet and exercise. “Lots of one on one counseling and application of spiritual principles was key,” wrote one anonymous reviewer. “Recommend highly!”
Others, much in contrast, felt that staff, wonderful as they are, were “not really equipped for methadone detox,at least not as painless as they promise.” Another claimed that the billing department “leaves much to be desired” and that only certain tests are covered by insurance.
Still, most were proud of the work they did. “Bluff changed my life!” wrote Sarah in one such sentiment. “I never thought life could be this good,” added K.G.L.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The majority of loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date held Bluff Plantation in high regard. M.T., for example, cited “daily interaction with the Medical Director,” while grateful mother Reba thanked the facility’s “truly caring and skilled people” for saving her daughter’s life. A third reviewer described the program as “perfect sized” and great for dual diagnoses. “Very homey but expensive,” another noted.
One reviewer warned others to avoid attending treatment here, making claim of the facility’s “doing nothing but preying on individuals struggling with substance abuse.” Another reviewer complained that the program was “disorganized.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The two employees surveyed by Rehabs.com to date recommended treatment at Bluff Plantation, although one left only one out of five stars for affordability, exercise & leisure, and family participation.
Bluff Plantation is one of just 154 (52.7 percent) of facilities in the state of Georgia to accept private health insurance. Prospective clients are encouraged to call the center’s financial specialists to verify their insurance coverage and discuss possible payment options.
Published on November 2018
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