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Medical Management For Addiction

Addiction is a chronic, complex and progressive disease that
requires multidisciplinary treatment by a highly-skilled team of
medical professionals including board-certified physicians,
psychiatrists and other credentialed clinicians. Bluff Plantation
provides expert, individualized medical care to accurately
diagnosis and treat addiction and co-occurring disorders, 
while building the skills for a sustained recovery.

Doctors at Bluff Plantation discussing addiction treatment for one of their patients

Treatment by Expert Medical Team

Our team includes psychiatrist, physician assistant, registered nurse and other clinicians who can treat most illnesses and co-occurring disorders.

It’s important to have an integrated, onsite medical team, because people who suffer from addiction frequently have one or more accompanying medical issues which may include cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and mental health disorders. Respiratory illnesses, skin infections and other conditions are also common when people first enter residential rehab. Our skilled team of medical professionals is equipped to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, ensuring that patients are well taken care of and that all their healthcare needs are addressed.

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Medical College of Georgia Facilities

Partnership with Medical College of Georgia

Sometimes a patient has health conditions that require additional specialty care. In these cases, we arrange for them to quickly get in to see specialists – including cardiologists, hepatologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists and neurologists – from the top-ranked Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. This high level of medical care available both at Bluff Plantation and through the university allows us treat patients with very complex health needs.

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Pain Management Experts

Chronic pain is also common in people with substance use disorders. Many people can look back at their use of prescription opioid pain medication as a major contributor to the development of their addiction.

While opioid pain medications may have been initially effective at reducing pain, over time the body adapts to these drugs and it takes more to achieve a similar effect. Many also find that as their pain condition progresses, the opioids no longer provide relief.

Our medicine specialist works individually with each patient to treat pain while protecting their sobriety. Many of our patients are fearful that their pain will be unmanageable without drugs and alcohol. We have found the opposite – through treatments specifically targeting pain, as well as through the changes that occur in the body and brain when an individual resolves to get sober and make healthy life changes, pain conditions improve dramatically.


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Neuroscience-Driven Care

Addiction interferes with the delicate chemical balance of the brain, hijacking thought processes and behaviors and robbing people of the ability to feel pleasure from food, love, and activities they previously enjoyed.

Research has shown that alcohol and drugs target the brain’s reward system by flooding the brain with excessive amounts of dopamine. Over time, the brain adapts to the substances and it takes more and more of the drug to achieve a similar effect. Feeding the addiction becomes difficult, costly and dangerous, even as the dysfunction in the brain’s circuitry compels the addict to continue

pursuing that feeling at the expense of everything else in their life. Eventually, the addicted person feels physically ill and unable to feel pleasure, joy or contentment without drugs and alcohol.

Our treatments are designed to repair this disruption in brain chemistry by helping individuals first achieve abstinence and then restore balance in the brain through proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and medications if needed. Medical treatments and counseling are complemented by holistic therapies such as yoga, mindfulness, art therapy, animal-assisted therapy and others to improve well being.

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Evidence-Based Medicine

Bluff Plantation’s treatments are anchored in evidence-based medicine, meaning scientific research has proven that every treatment and therapy we offer helps men and women with recovery. This includes restoring brain chemistry, recognizing triggers, overcoming past trauma, mental health or pain conditions, building motivation for change and putting into practice tools and techniques that support sobriety and lead to a happier, healthier life.

Individualized Recovery Plan

While evidence-based medicine is at the core of what we do, what works for one individual may not work best for another. Everyone brings a unique set of experiences, challenges and perspectives to alcohol and drug rehab.

In creating each patient’s recovery plan, we take into account everything that has led them to this point – past medical history, co-occurring disorders, life circumstances, personal goals and individual preferences in determining what combination of treatments will work best. Throughout the treatment and recovery process, our multidisciplinary team works closely with patients and their families when appropriate to readjust the recovery plan as needed.

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