Addiction Treatment for the Mind, Body and Soul

Getting sober is a key goal of any addiction treatment program. But the full toll of addiction goes beyond the impact of the substance itself. Addiction ruins relationships, causes long-lasting changes in the brain, harms physical health, interferes with personal development, exacerbates mental health conditions, leads people to compromise their values, and steals their sense of who they are.

Dual Diagnosis

People with alcohol and drug addiction often have co-occurring mental health 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 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-Informed Care

People who have suffered traumatic experiences may self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to relieve distressing emotions or temporarily forget painful memories. The use of substances or having judgment clouded due to being under the influence may also lead people to put themselves into dangerous situations, in which traumatizing experiences are more likely to occur.

Our therapists specialize in trauma-informed care, which avoids re-traumatizing the individual. By creating a compassionate and healing environment and through the use of specific techniques such as EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), we help patients feel safe and empowered, so that they can process traumatic experiences and heal.

Relief from Chronic Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, 25 million Americans – 11 percent – suffer from pain every day, for at least three months. Chronic pain negatively affects quality of life, causing harm to relationships, mental health, and the ability to work and get a good night’s sleep.

Many people who come to Bluff were initially prescribed an opioid after a surgery or for chronic pain management. The drug triggered a cycle of dependency that spiraled out of control into addiction, leading to higher and higher doses of prescription pain pills such as hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodon), oxycodone (OxyContin, Roxicodone/Roxicet, Perocet), fentanyl or eventually, heroin. Yet over time, even high doses of opioids aren’t enough to keep pain under control. Research shows that the changes in the brain chemistry caused by opioid misuse can actually make pain worse.

Our clinical team conducts a thorough evaluation of the cause of the pain to determine if it’s potentially correctable through physical therapy or other medical treatments. When indicated, we also consult with medical specialists in a wide range of disciplines from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Then we work with each patient on a multidisciplinary approach to alleviate pain. Components of the plan may include medication, holistic therapies and other medical and clinical treatments. By treating the whole person – physical, psychological and emotional health – we have found that in the vast majority of patients, pain can be successfully treated without the use of opioids.

Partnership with Medical College of Georgia

People with addiction often have complex medical conditions. Some of these health problems predate the substance use, and may have contributed to alcohol and drug use as a way to cope with or alleviate symptoms. In other cases, substance use led people to neglect their health, causing chronic health conditions to get far worse than they would have if properly managed.

Bluff is staffed by physicians, psychiatrists and nurses who have the clinical expertise to assess and treat most health problems. When a condition requires additional specialist care, our partnership with the Medical College of Georgia gives patients rapid access to an array of specialists – cardiologists, hepatologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists and pulmonologists, to name a few.

Nutrition and Physical Wellness

When people are in active addiction, preparing and eating healthy meals often gets ignored. Alcohol and substance use can also interfere with the absorption of important nutrients. Using ingredients grown in our gardens, our chefs prepare satisfying meals that provide essential vitamins and minerals and naturally boost dopamine levels in the brain. We also incorporate exercise into daily activities, including yoga customized to each individual’s ability level, and nature hikes that restore physical vitality and allow people to experience the pleasures of the great outdoors.

At Bluff, 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.

Family Involvement

There is one other essential component of recovery that should not be overlooked – family. Families are important sources of support, love and motivation for individuals in recovery. Families also often have important insights into their loved one’s background and behavior. Our treatment teams value their input. We involve families in the recovery process, keeping them updated on their loved one’s progress. Keeping families connected not only helps the individual in treatment, but helps families to heal as well. Drug and alcohol addiction fractures relationships, leading to anger and a loss of trust. Families struggle immeasurably with worry about their loved one’s safety and confusion about how to help. Through our Family Program, we provide families with the tools to understand the disease, to support their loved one’s recovery while reducing their own stress and anxiety, and start to repair the bonds that have been strained by addiction.

Our Family Program