Spanning 178 lush acres on the Savannah River in the heart of Augusta, Georgia, Bluff Plantation provides evidence-based pain and addiction evaluations and multi-disciplinary treatment therapies in a secluded, five star residential setting.
Located in Augusta, Georgia, home of the Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament, Bluff Plantation offers those seeking addiction recovery a discrete and private setting nestled among 178 sweeping acres on the Savannah River.
Patients seeking residential treatment for alcohol and drug dependency, dual disorders and chronic pain receive multi-dimensional, evidence-based therapeutic modalities from some the world’s preeminent experts in pain and addiction medicine, led by our Medical Director, William S. Jacobs, M.D., a nationally recognized pain and addiction medicine expert, triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol abuse or dependency, you are not alone. In fact, alcohol abuse and addiction are medical conditions that affect an estimated 18 million people each year. Seeking help and facing your addiction is a brave decision, and recovery is not far from reach at RiverMend Health. Our multi-dimensional, evidence-based therapeutic modalities and nationwide network of treatment centers provides you or your loved one with all the tools and support necessary to manage your chronic illness and achieve a sustained, lifelong recovery.
Overcoming drug abuse and dependency begins with the decision to ask for help. Whether you are addicted to prescription pills, heroin, methamphetamines, opioids, or another physically and/or emotionally addictive substance, RiverMend Health’s multi-dimensional, evidence-based therapeutic modalities can help you stop the destructive cycle of addiction turn your life around. Our comprehensive, multi-disciplinary treatment program provides you with all of the tools necessary to achieve a sustained lifelong recovery and live a healthy, and fulfilled life.
Each year, more than 76 million people suffer from chronic pain — pain that lasts longer than 24 hours — and millions more suffer from acute pain. Learning to manage chronic pain can be a stressful, debilitating experience, leading many down a road where they find themselves dependent upon pain medication to get through the day. Just when you find that your pain is manageable, you become at risk of becoming addicted to the pain medication that has brought you relief. Over time, physical dependence can snowball into addiction.
The impact of addiction is far reaching for anyone. But for physicians and white collar professionals it can be particularly difficult. Concerns about permanently damaging your career and earning potential as well as your personal reputation can make it especially difficult to seek assistance. Highly skilled and accomplished professionals are accustomed to exceling at what they do and as a result, are not always comfortable asking for help. Don’t put your career at risk. Call our Impaired Professionals hotline to start your recovery.
Bluff Plantation will offer equine therapy also known as Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), a form of treatment that promotes healing to those suffering from addiction or dual disorders, by facilitating physical and emotional healing and development.
Mindfulness, a meditative practice, is an important component of the addiction rehabilitation process taught at Bluff Plantation. During a patient’s residential treatment, our clinical and therapeutic experts teach and share best practices for developing meditation skills which are proven and effective methods for achieving better self-awareness, enabling the management of anxiety, depression, stress, addiction and rejuvenating one’s mind, body and spirit.
While we recognize addiction as a chronic brain disease, we also believe that one’s recovery is significantly improved by Yoga, a system of exercise that improves one’s physical well being and state of mind. At Bluff Plantation, our therapeutic treatment experts teach the art and science of recovery so that you manage your long-term management of your chronic illness.
Nestled in the midst of 178 lush acres on the Savannah River, Bluff Plantation offers patients and clients a beautiful, natural environment perfect for therapeutic walks or runs along the property’s many serene nature trails.
William S. Jacobs, M.D. is Chief of Addiction Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer for RiverMend Health Centers and Medical Director of Bluff Plantation.
Dr. Jacobs is a national clinical expert, triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine physician. A Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude University of Georgia undergraduate and graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Jacobs did his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he won the Dripps Award for the Best Anesthesiology Resident. He had a 13-year career as a private practitioner in anesthesiology and pain management before matriculating to UF for his Addiction Medicine Fellowship.
Dr. Jacobs has been a national expert, testifying on Capitol Hill on MDMA and prescription misuse and abuse. He has also served the State of Florida and its Drug Czars. He was a medical and scientific Consultant to the US Senate Crime and Drugs Subcommittee as well as the Department of Labor. Dr. Jacobs has also testified and consulted for the DEA on safe prescribing of narcotic drugs and the model of ideal treatment programs. Dr. Jacobs, a gifted clinician and addiction medical director has been the Medical Director of non-profit, profit, and academic chemical dependency detoxification, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and hospital programs. Over his career, he has served as Chief Medical Officer or Medical Director at Gateway Community & Rehabilitation Services (Jacksonville), Wekiva Springs Psychiatric Hospital (Jacksonville), Stewart Marchman (Daytona), Lakeview (Jacksonville), Stepping Stone (Jacksonville), Nancy Reagan TPC Village (Jacksonville), as well as serving as an Attending Physician at UF Health Vista West Dual Diagnosis unit (Gainesville) and River Region Methadone Maintenance Program (Jacksonville). He has been a monitoring physician for the Florida Board of Medicine and an evaluator and treatment provider for Florida Professionals Resource Network, Intervention Project for Nurses, and Lawyers Assistance programs. He has worked with the Duval County Adult and Adolescent Drug Courts. He is a member of the Drug Free America Foundation Board of Directors. After his promotion to Associate Professor, he left academia and started NexStep Integrated Pain Care Inc., a model program for the treatment of patients with both chronic pain and addiction disorders in Jacksonville. He returned to the University of Florida full time as Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine: Co-Chief of Pain Medicine in 2012. He also is a national forensic expert in iatrogenic addiction and accidental overdose, injury and death as well as tobacco.
Dr. Jacobs was a principal investigator or co-PI for the Florida site of the pivotal trials for bupropion vs placebo in smoking cessation as well as in pharmacological studies of naltrexone, depression, OCD, and anxiety. He is the author of peer reviewed scientific papers, abstracts, textbook chapters, and practice guidelines including highly cited studies on naltrexone, urine drug testing, and body mass index and alcohol use.
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.
Duke Vinson’s personal experience with addiction and recovery allows him to bring his own unique message of hope, help, commitment, enthusiasm and compassion to prospective clients and their families. Following his own successful treatment, Duke completed his educational and other requirements to become an addiction professional allowing him to give back to the community. Duke remains steadfast to his personal recovery to this very day.
Duke Vinson is currently pursuing a Doctor of Behavioral Health. He holds a Master of Science in Human Relations with an emphasis in Counseling and Helping Professions from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science in Professional Counseling and a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Marketing and Business Management from The University of Mobile in Alabama.
Duke Vinson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Co-Occurring Disorder Professional-Diplomate, and a Clinical Advanced Addiction Counselor.
Bluff Plantation will accept a wide variety of health insurance provider plans as well as fee for service cash payments for residential pain and addiction treatment and rehabilitation.
Because insurance plan coverage can change frequently and we are always adding new health insurers, we recommend calling the Bluff Plantation intake team at (844) 242-0806 to discuss insurance coverage, financial planning and payment arrangements for the treatment of alcohol and drug dependency, dual disorders, eating disorders, obesity and chronic pain delivered at Bluff Plantation.
Bluff Plantation is located in Augusta, Georgia just fifteen minutes from the Augusta Regional Airport, a two hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia or a one hour and twenty minute drive from Columbia, South Carolina.