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Bluff Plantation

963 Bennock Mill Rd, Augusta, Georgia, 30906
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.

Facility Highlights

  • Partnership with Medical College of Georgia
  • Individualized treatment plans based on one's unique needs
  • Five-star residential setting on 178 wooded and secluded acres.


  • Co-Occurring Disorders

    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.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Shawn Williams, DO
    Shawn Williams, DOMedical Director
    Shawn Williams, DO was hired in July 2019 as Bluff Plantation’s Medical Director. Dr. Williams brings well-rounded medical experience, and is an expert in the specialties of Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. He has seven years of experience in the field of addiction medicine, five of which he served as a medical director. As a member of the Bulloch County opiate task force, he worked with law enforcement and health care professionals to help curtail the regional opiate epidemic. As a White House invitee, he was also consulted to help shape federal drug policy. Dr. Williams has also made two guest appearances on the A&E television show Intervention. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.
  • John Martin, LMSW, MAC, CAC I
    John Martin, LMSW, MAC, CAC IClinical Director
    John Martin, LMSW, MAC, CAC I is the Clinical Director of Bluff Plantation. He began his training at Willingway Hospital in Statesboro, GA in 2009 and has worked since that time in addiction and mental health services. John moved to Boston, MA in 2013 and worked at a detox and men’s residential program providing clinical addiction services. Upon returning to Georgia, John worked for Bradford Health and Recovery Houses Services in areas of family counseling and marketing. After completing his graduate education, John began working as the Clinical Director at The Hale Foundation, a private non-profit organization specializing in addiction treatment services at outpatient and men’s residential levels of care. John also worked as a psychiatric therapist at Aurora Pavilion, behavioral health services program in Aiken, SC after completing his MSW program. John graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and organizational communication. John graduated with honors from the MSW program at the University of South Carolina. John is a licensed social worker in Georgia and South Carolina. John specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and utilizes contextual-based behavioral and cognitive approaches to bring about change in clients and connect them with the spiritual approach of the twelve steps.

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

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Rehabs 360 Guide


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 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 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.


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.


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.”


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.

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