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    • 05 MAR 15

    National Expert, William S. “Bill” Jacobs, MD, To Present At The Prestigious 7th Annual Mississippi Addiction Conference

    Titled “Pain and Addiction,” Dr. William S. Jacobs addresses abuse, overdose and need for detox resulting from prescription pain medications

    JACKSON, Miss. (March 5, 2015) – At the 7th Annual Mississippi Addiction Conference “The Basics and Beyond,” leaders in addiction treatment met today in Jackson, Mississippi to listen to keynote speeches and updates in best clinical practices. Among the numerous respected William S. Jacobs, Jr. M.D., addressed the role that pain medications have had in today’s opiate overdose and addiction epidemic and new evidence-based treatment options.

    “It is hard to believe that much of the current opiate addiction epidemic has come about by overprescribing and by flooding our cities with narcotic medications,” said Dr. Jacobs, Chief of Addiction Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University (GRU) and Medical Director at the Bluff Plantation in Augusta, Georgia.

    As a GRU Chief and triple board certified expert in addiction medicine, anesthesiology, and pain medicine, Dr. Jacobs shared best practices for evaluating and treating pain, detoxifying those addicted and monitoring patients to prevent abuse or addiction.

    “Once a person is abusing their medications, mixing them with other drugs or alcohol, not taking them as prescribed, a complete evaluation by an expert in addiction medicine is needed. Many times patients know that they have developed a problem but other times they only know that the medications are not working well or at all,” added Dr. Jacobs.

    Dr. David Smith, who is the former president of the American Society of Addition Medicine (ASAM), was among the many audience members today listening to Dr. Jacobs’ relevant speech. “This is such an important topic, pain medications-pain-and addiction we cannot ever spend too much time discussing it at national meetings like this and bringing what we learn to treatment providers, our colleagues and patients.”

    “While drug and alcohol addictions are major problems for our state and region, we’re all grateful to have an expert like William Jacobs leading our teaching and treatment programs here at MCG at GRU,” said Vaughn McCall M.D., Chairman of Psychiatry at GRU.

    Dr. Jacobs’s audience today included leaders, clinicians and dozens of national experts involved in the Professionals Health Programs Network (PHP).

    For more information about the 7th Annual Mississippi Conference visit http://www.professionalshealthnetwork.com/ and for more information about Dr. Jacobs visit www.bluffplantation.com. Dr. Jacobs is available for interviews.


    About Bluff Plantation

    The Bluff Plantation, the premier luxury inpatient addiction recovery facility on the East Coast, is the newest member of the Rivermend Health Family of Treatment Centers. Each Center was founded on the belief that addiction and obesity are two of the nation’s most urgent and unmet health care challenges. Centers bring preeminent experts together through a nationwide network of facilities to deliver cutting-edge treatment that reflects the latest medical and scientific research and education. These facilities include: RiverMend Health Centers (formerly called Georgia Detox and Recovery Centers, Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, Wellspring Camps, Positive Sobriety Institute, A New Journey Eating Disorder Center and Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders.

    Seeking help for addiction is a brave and difficult decision. Recovery is not far from reach at Bluff Plantation. We are here to help. Visit http://www.bluffplantation.com, call us at 844-242-0806, or email at info@bluffplantation.com.


    About RiverMend Health

    RiverMend Health is a provider of scientifically driven, specialty behavioral health services to those suffering from alcoholand drug dependency, dual disorders, eating disordersobesity and chronic pain. Founded on the belief that addiction and obesity are the nation’s most pressing healthcare challenges, the company brings together the world’s preeminent experts and a network of rehabilitation facilities to provide neuroscience-driven treatment and holistic care, research and education. Learn more about RiverMend Health at www.rivermendhealth.com or call 877-879-3312.