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.
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- Medicare is not Accepted
- Medicaid is not Accepted
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.
Bluff Plantation Reviews and Ratings Details
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Reviews at a Glance
- 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.
- Medical Detoxification
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
- Relapse Prevention
Whether sobriety is brand new or has lasted for many years, the risk of relapse remains a threat to recovery. What separates those who relapse from those who don’t? Using evidence-based treatments and therapies, Bluff Plantation teaches strategies and provides the support that has been shown to help men and women in recovery stay healthy and sober.
- Equine Therapy
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
- Aftercare Support
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
- Nutrition and Physical Wellness
At Bluff Plantation, 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.
Shawn Williams, DO - Medical Director
John Martin, LMSW, MAC, CAC I - Clinical 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.
Rachel Ryan, MS, MBA, LPC - Executive Director
As Executive Director, Rachel Ryan, MS, MBA, LPC, manages all aspects of operations and clinical services at Bluff Plantation’s Augusta, Georgia residential addiction rehab center. Her responsibilities include oversight of admissions/intake, business development, recovery programming, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Rachel is a results-oriented healthcare executive with significant experience in complex hospital management systems. She was previously CEO and managing director of the Aurora Pavilion at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken, South Carolina. Rachel graduated Cum Laude from University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Psychology from University of South Carolina, graduating Summa Cum Laude. At University of South Carolina, she was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Psychology and was a Chancellor’s Medal recipient. She received her MBA from Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina. Rachel began her career as a psychiatric therapist and director of social services at Aiken Regional Medical Center, where she provided assessments, individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy. She later managed clinical services in the 50-bed inpatient behavioral health and substance abuse hospital, as well as for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). As CEO and managing director, Rachel implemented a 15-bed expansion, led quality improvement initiatives, and managed all clinical and non-clinical departments, including admissions, business development, clinical services, risk management, process improvement, finance and regulatory affairs. She also led the treatment center through several Joint Commission re-accreditation processes. In her most recent role, Rachel was site director for HopeHealth in Aiken, where she served as lead executive for the Aiken Ryan White Site. The facility is an assistance center for people with HIV/AIDS. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Rachel developed an evidence-based behavioral health program at the Aiken Ryan White Site. She also provided counseling services at the Aiken Ryan White Site and for Aiken Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Associates. Rachel is vice chair of the board of Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center. She was previously an associate professor at Aiken Technical College and University of South Carolina.
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