Comprehensive Assessment

Our expert team of psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians and therapists diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems in men and women ages 18 and older.

Our comprehensive assessment includes a full medical history, psychological and personality testing, a psychiatric evaluation, a physical exam with a family practice physician, toxicology tests and lab work, and consultations with family members.

By looking at all of the psychological, social and biological factors influencing a person’s behaviour, our multidisciplinary team develops an individualized recovery plan.

Drug & Alcohol Inpatient Detox

Detox clears toxic substances such as alcohol and drugs from the body. Bluff offers medically supervised inpatient detox onsite at our residential treatment center outside Augusta, GA. Detoxing patients are monitored and supported 24/7 by our team of expert medical professionals to ensure safety and comfort.

Though we can detox most patients safely and comfortably at Bluff, patients at risk of severe withdrawal complications can receive inpatient care at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

There is no benefit associated with suffering through detox. In fact, the opposite is true. By keeping the worst withdrawal symptoms at bay, the healing and recovery process starts sooner. We use a variety of proven and non-habit forming medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. At the conclusion of detox, patients feel stronger, healthier and ready to begin the therapy that will help them sustain sobriety.

Residential Addiction Treatment

Our premier residential addiction treatment center is one of the finest in the nation. Set on 178 beautiful acres of rolling green hills and nature trails winding through a live oak forest, Bluff relaxes the mind, provides an escape from negative environmental factors, and creates an opportunity to reconnect with the healing properties of the natural world.

Our expert team includes experienced addiction psychiatrists, family practice physicians, registered nurses, and licensed marriage and family therapists with many years of experience providing compassionate, evidence-based care for patients with addiction and dual disorders.

In addition to our clinical team, Bluff’s residential program is enhanced by the holistic and experiential therapies provided by our equine therapist, chefs, yoga teacher and other practitioners. These therapies introduce patients to new experiences, new perspectives and build life skills, while helping them overcome trauma and other emotional and behavioral issues that led to psychological pain or problems in the past.

Outpatient Addiction Treatement Programs

After residential treatment, individuals in recovery need a strong system of support and ongoing outpatient addiction treatment to assist with developing healthy routines, managing behavioral or mental health problems and overcoming the challenges that people face as they rebuild their lives. Studies show that the longer people are in treatment, the more likely their sobriety will last for the long-term.

To help with the transition, Bluff offers two levels of outpatient treatment: partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.

Partial Hospitalization

Offered in partnership with RiverMend Health Centers of Augusta and Atlanta, our partial hospitalization program (PHP) offers a full day of therapy and programs five days a week. Goals include helping men and women cope with cravings, putting the skills learned in residential treatment into practice and strengthening healthy habits and coping strategies to prevent relapse.

In PHP, patients participate in meditation/mindfulness training, individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy, while continuing to receive psychiatric care and medication management as appropriate. Regular medical check-ups from a nurse practitioner or registered nurse are also included. Our recovery coaches play an important role during the PHP phase of treatment, providing support, understanding and advice.

Patients also maintain a connection with the residential treatment center at Bluff, returning for equine therapy and other experiential and holistic programs, as well as to provide encouragement and support to others just beginning their recovery journey. Seeing how far “graduates” of the residential program have come is an important source of inspiration for those still in residential treatment, while the chance to give back to others lifts the spirits and provides a well-deserved sense of accomplishment for our graduates.

Intensive Outpatient

Also offered through RiverMend Health Centers of Augusta and Atlanta, the intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers many of the same therapies and programs as PHP. IOP is offered as a 5-day a week program or a 3-day a week program, with 3 to 4 hours of therapy, programs and other services daily.

Patients often start in the 5-day a week IOP program and transition to the 3-day a week program as their recovery progresses. In IOP, patients continue to build on their recovery through the development of routines that best serve their sobriety, become integrated into local support communities, and start to resume family and work responsibilities.

Consistency of the Treatment Team

It takes time for patients to trust their addiction treatment team, and understandably so. In treatment, we ask patients to look deeply into themselves and to make profound changes to their behavior and thought processes. Patients need to feel confident in their treatment team’s expertise and compassion. Our continuum of care means patients maintain their connection with their care team throughout recovery, from detox to residential, outpatient and aftercare.