What Are Signs You Need Residential Mental Health Treatment?


When Do You Need Residential Mental Health Treatment? 

Deciding to enter residential mental health treatment can be a difficult personal decision to make. Whether you are the one with a mental health condition or it’s someone you love, this isn’t a choice most people make lightly. However, it can be one of the best decisions you ever make to improve quality of life and even ensure a person’s safety. But what are the signs that it’s time to consider inpatient treatment for mental health? 

Here are a few signs that residential mental health treatment may be called for:

  • Going through more than one crisis or episode of suicidality in a short amount of time.
  • Intense feelings of hopelessness or sadness that do not improve with outpatient care.
  • Hitting a “wall” or impasse in progress after long-term outpatient therapy or counseling.
  • Disordered eating that hasn’t responded well enough to counseling and lifestyle change. 
  • Intense anxiety, panic attacks or PTSD that significantly interfere with everyday life. 

Why Go For Residential Mental Health Care?

Living with depression, anxiety or another mental health disorder can be really tough, even when you have outside support and counseling. Medication can help control symptoms and outpatient therapy can help too, but they aren’t always enough. This is especially true if the person with a mental illness does not have an accurate diagnosis of their condition or just isn’t receiving enough of the right kind of care. 

Good mental health is everyone’s right. No one should be forced to settle for being less than the best they can be. This does not mean that the right mental health treatment can erase every sign and symptom of a disorder of course. Mental health disorders aren’t magically cured with a pill or someone saying just the right words, unfortunately. 

Accurate Diagnosis and Quality Mental Health Treatment Matter! 

Getting the right diagnosis and the most complete care possible can make a dramatic difference in how well a person’s symptoms are managed and how much progress they are able to make. The quality and quantity of mental health care a person gets really matters!  When it comes down to it, the most intensive mental health treatment available happens in a residential/inpatient setting. The good news is that residential mental health treatment options are more diverse and easier to access than ever before. 

Residential treatment offers a more immersive environment for healing. Clients get mental health care around the clock. That includes monitoring, medication management, and intensive therapies. Yes, deciding to get inpatient mental health treatment can be a tough choice. But receiving that level of mental health help transforms lives, especially when outpatient treatment isn’t enough. Some of the biggest benefits are increased safety, security, structure and the ability to make progress instead of settling for the status quo. 

Inpatient Mental Health Treatment Has Evolved 

A lot of people have an inaccurate or outdated idea of what residential mental health treatment is like. They imagine scenes from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Nurse Ratched doling out medications. You can erase that picture from your mind right now because the new generation of mental health treatment centers like the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic offer a much more attractive option than the traditional psychiatric hospitals of old. 

Residential mental health treatment programs in Florida, like NP Addiction Clinic, also offer a much higher standard of care and far more treatment and support than you can get from outpatient treatment for depression, anxiety or any other mental health condition. A treatment stay with us means living in bright, sunny rooms, getting compassionate care throughout the day and a curriculum that’s filled with hope and positivity. 

Our mission at NP Addiction Clinic is more than simply stabilizing a condition on the right medicines. We work hard to see that you or the person you love can achieve the best quality of life possible. We ensure clients get a complete understanding of their condition and how we are treating it. We also work to put everyone on a path to success for the long-term. We want our clients to continue to progress and heal long after they complete their treatment with us and we make sure to give them the tools they need to do exactly that. 

The Advantages of Residental Mental Health Treatment

Residential treatment for mental illnesses like depression and anxiety remains the gold standard of care. While not every person with a mental health disorder requires inpatient psychiatric care, there is simply no substitute for it for the people who do. The fact is that you really cannot get “too much help” for a problem, can you? 

But it’s certainly possible to get too little. We think far too many people are undertreated for mental health and residential care can truly change their lives. For people with untreated or misdiagnosed conditions, this can mean gaining control over managing and understanding their condition much sooner, which leads to a better quality of life for them and their families.

Advantages of Residential Mental Health Treatment:

  • Much safety from self-harm or falling into despair with 24-hour care.
  • Residential care leads to breakthroughs for people who are “stuck” in their progress.
  • Careful, correct diagnosis is much more likely to happen under 24-hour observation. 
  • The effectiveness of treatment can be followed up on much more efficiently inpatient. 
  • Clients feel safer, more secure and are more likely to open up and make more progress.

Residential Mental Health Treatment at NP Addiction Clinic

Residential mental health treatment here at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic is one of the most thorough ways for people to address their mental health concerns. The unique benefits and therapeutic approaches offered in this setting, coupled with our many decades of combined experience mean more accurate diagnosis and more complete treatment. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength. No one should ever avoid getting the treatment they need and deserve because of fears about stigma or what others may think. 

The Mental Health Care You Deserve

At NP Addiction Clinic, better mental health is only a phone call away. We are always open, ready to help and we accept most private insurance plans. That means they help you or your loved one needs and deserves is within reach and closer than you probably imagine. We welcome the opportunity to help you live a better life. Call us anytime at (772) 281-5051

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Samantha Kelly​

Director of National Business Development & Admissions Coordinator

I am a dedicated and passionate professional with extensive experience in business development Admissions and marketing. I have an incredible passion for showing others that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel if someone truly wants it.
Being in recovery myself I understand the struggles of addiction and alcoholism. I Started this Career path in 2009. With multiple years of experience, I bring a multi-faceted approach and am always seeking new ways to make a difference in the lives of those I work with.

Kim L. Buckner


As a Substance Abuse Motivational Speaker, Pastor, Peer Advocate, and Facilitator. Kim helps clients avoid relapse by understanding their triggers. Those people, places and things that can cause craving, as well as internal triggers like feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Kim also clients with identifying and building healthy relationships now that they’re clean and sober.

Kim’s background includes extensive experience as a motivational speaker and work in faith-based organizations helping youth and adults alike. He says he is motivated by giving back to the community, understanding, and not judging who she comes into contact with. Kim’s favorite quote is by Dr. Raymond Johnson: “The respect given to others rebounds to the giver to deny the scared in the Other is to deny it in oneself.”

Caty Burns


Caty graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Counseling and History. Throughout her undergrad, she worked at the local CASA program, supporting volunteers advocating for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. Caty worked for seven years at a community mental health center (CMHC), partnering with children, adults, and families.

During those seven years, she taught life and coping skills as well as behavior management, provided case management and peer recovery services, and facilitated treatment teams that included the client, family, providers, and community members. I have also worked at an IOP providing group therapy services. She is currently working towards my Master of Social Work.

In her free time, Caty enjoys reading, especially historical fiction, spending time outdoors and having movie nights with her family. Disney World is her happy place, and she dreams of living among the elephants.

Madison Knowles

Mental Health Therapist

My name is Madison Knowles, I am a Mental health therapist at NPAC. I am a single-mother of two and I have a daughter who is globally delayed and has been diagnosed with autism. I have been in this industry since I was 16 years old, as I was fascinated with human behavior. I obtained my masters in applied behavioral analysis and started off working with people with disabilities. I then found my love for counseling when I worked with juveniles who had mental health and substance use issues. I then decided to go back for my mental health therapy license after that and working in a forensic treatment center. I went on to obtain my therapy credentials and since 2017, I have also been working on my PhD in forensic psychology in which I am currently working on my dissertation. I am inspired by change and how resilient people can be. My favorite inspirational quote is “Some will, Some won’t, So what, NEXT!!!” This quote has inspired me to try, try, and try again no matter how hard life gets, someone will give you a chance eventually. As a therapist at NPAC, I have been given the opportunity to work with diverse populations such as in substance use and mental health and I am known for my work with people on the schizophrenic spectrum as well as with other clients with other severe conditions including personality disorders.

Megan Carmona, LMHC

Lead Therapist

Our Lead Therapist, Megan, is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with adults who struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. As Lead Therapist, she provides individual, family, and group therapy sessions to our clients.  Megan says “I am very passionate about therapy, especially about supporting my clients in exploring their strengths and identity. My goal is to provide individuals with the tools that can help them achieve independence in coping with their challenges and facilitating personal development.” In her free time, Megan enjoys watching docu-series and playing video games with her family. Her dream is to own acres of land so she can care for vulnerable animals, especially old dogs, cats, and horses. 

Kristen Bensley

Primary Clinician

As Primary Clinician, Kristen works with all aspects of our clinical team, from case management to primary therapy.  She has broad experience working in the mental health field. Prior to joining our team at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, Kristen was part of the team awarded the Evernorth Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Designation by Cigna. She says her motivation is to help people rediscover who they are and become excited about the future and all the possibilities life offers. Kristen’s favorite quote is: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Ronn Daigle, MSW

Therapist, Utilization Review Clinician

Ronn Daigle services as a Therapist and Utilization Review Clinician at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has been working in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 2011, with experience in all facility-based levels of care. Ronn earned, both an Associate of Arts in Psychology (2013) and Bachelor of Science in Human Services, with an Addiction Studies Concentration (2015) from Indian River State College. 

Ronn additionally earned a Master of Social Work degree in 2021 and is a current Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working toward licensure (LCSW). He describes himself as detail oriented, and solution focused.

Ronn says: “There is nothing more fulfilling than working with someone who doesn’t believe in himself or herself, and being there in the moment with them when the belief begins. We work with individuals who come to us at a point and time in their respective lives where they do not believe that change for others is possible; let alone for themselves…throughout the process they eventually come to a point where they realize that change is not only possible, but achievable.”

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI

Assistant Clinical Director

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI is the Assistant Clinical Director at Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic who specializes in the treatment of LGBTQ, addiction, as well as mental health disorders ranging from depression and anxiety, to Bipolar Disorder, trauma, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. Erika utilizes a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness amongst others. Erika has been in practice for close to a decade and has earned her license in Mental Health Counseling, as well as being a Master’s Certified Addiction Professional. Erika has worked with many individuals including couples counseling and family therapy, and is fluent in Spanish.
Throughout my years of practice, one of the things I enjoy helping people find is inner peace. Whether you are in the deepest parts of depression, overrun by your anxiety, controlled by your addiction, or there are certain issues in your life that are negatively impacting your ability to function, and have a happy, healthy life, maybe now is the time to talk about it. I am a big believer in empowerment, working hard in therapy, and utilizing different techniques to help you regain that inner peace that may have been lost along the way. I want to work with you as a team because with two people, absolutely everything is possible. I want to be there as a therapist, to help build you up, support you, but also help you be honest with yourself and accountable. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, my biggest goal for you is going to be simple….for you to no longer need my services. Why? Because if you no longer need my services, it means that you have regained your peace, you have regained your strength, you have regained your confidence. It means that you now have the tools to address any issues that try to derail you, and best of all, you will have the insight to overcome and thrive. So let’s begin this journey together, and get you to the place you want to be, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and in your sobriety.

Aurelio Ayuso, MSW, LCSW, CAP, ICADC

Clinical Director

Aurelio has worked with those that suffer from the disease of addiction in adults and juveniles alike for over 10 years, beginning in the United States Navy where he proudly served for 20 years, working with those that were succumbed by addiction due to trauma and continuing his passion for helping those in need locally in Central Florida.

He specializes in both Addictions and Trauma, he has worked first as a therapist then as the clinical supervisor to both the Juvenile and Adult Drug Court programs in Brevard County. Aurelio has been instrumental in developing substance abuse treatment programs directly tailored to help those that also suffer from complex trauma due to their addiction. He has been recognized by several organizations for his forward thinking and ability to tailor treatment to individuals in the most restrictive environments.

Mr. Ayuso received his Graduate Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida, and Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Aurelio specializes in the treatment of Addiction, Trauma, and Abandonment using strength based strategies deeply rooted in Solution Focused, and Mindfulness Therapies. At the Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic he passionately develops holistic curriculums that foster the belief that through addressing the mind, body, and spirit together, the Disease of Addiction can be addressed successfully.

Robert Lehmann, MHSA

Chief Operating Officer

Bob Lehmann is the Chief Operating Officer at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration with a concentration in Mental Health Administration and over twenty-five years of experience as a senior executive at addiction and mental health treatment facilities.

One of the reasons for his commitment to excellence in addiction treatment was his experience related to family members who suffered from the disease of addiction. Bob has been actively involved in community organizations throughout his career. Recently he was one of the founders of the Florida Addiction Treatment Coalition (FATC) and is its present Vice President. FATC was designed to bring together treatment executives in Florida to advocate on behalf of treatment facilities and the clients they serve adhering to a foundation of integrity and service excellence.

Jose R. Toledo, M.D.

Medical Director

A well-rounded and accomplished individual, Jose R. Toledo, M.D., is the Medical Director of Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a neurologist with 25 years of experience and has been in private practice since 1991 on the Treasure Coast of Florida. He completed his neurology training at the State University of New York and his Fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

He also completed 24 months of acute inpatient psychiatry at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center, University of Missouri in Kansas City. In 2008, Dr. Toledo participated in and was certified in the continuing medical education activity entitled “Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence” from The Medical University of South Carolina during which began his quest to found and head Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a brain specialist with particular competence in addiction medicine and out-patient detoxification treatment and integrates the fields seamlessly. He is certified to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone). He incorporates his background in neurology into the addiction field. Dr. Toledo is member/fellow of The American Medical Association, The Florida Medical Association and The American Society of Addiction Medicine