Paths to Health: The Amazing Power of Inpatient Mental Health Treatment

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What is Inpatient Mental Health treatment

Inpatient mental health treatment refers to a form of intensive care provided in a specialized facility or hospital setting where individuals stay for a designated period of time to receive comprehensive medical or mental health treatment. It is designed to support individuals experiencing acute psychiatric crises. Or severe mental health symptoms that may pose a risk to their safety. Or disrupt their ability to function in their daily lives. Inpatient mental health treatment offers a structured and supervised environment, providing round-the-clock care and support from a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals.

At the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, the inpatient mental health treatment level of care is reserved solely for those who genuinely need it. In our inpatient mental health treatment center, patients attend a full day of mental health treatment at least five days a week. They sleep at the clinical facility every night as well. It is considered the best and most effective option for critical mental health care. Especially for those who need 24-hour care and supervision while in treatment.

Why Inpatient Mental Health Treatment

The ultimate goal of inpatient mental health treatment, whether it is for medical detox and addiction care or to improve mental health, is to address immediate concerns. This means stabilizing. the patient’s condition. And providing a foundation for ongoing recovery on an outpatient basis. At NP Addiction, we believe there are eight crucial steps to effective inpatient mental health treatment. 

Recognizing the Need for Inpatient Treatment:  Inpatient residential treatment is never the first care option. This decision is always made after consulting with mental health professionals. Mental health professionals can assess how severe the symptoms are and what type of help is needed.

Some potential signs that inpatient mental health treatment is the bet care option includes thoughts of self-harm, severe depression or anxiety, psychosis, suicidal thoughts. Or an other inability to manage the responsibilities of daily life. Our experts at NP Addiction will work with patients to figure out the best plan to get our patients the help they need.

Assessment Protocols

Seeking Help and Assessment:  For those experiencing a mental health crisis, the first step is to seek support from a qualified care provider. Making the call for help can be the most challenging part of your wellness journey. But it’s also the essential first step. And every step after is easier for making the choice to improve your life.

Entering an inpatient mental health treatment center, such as NP Addiction, can offer the support you or your loved one needs to grow as a person, overcome addiction or mental health conditions, and live a fulfilling and productive life.

Our healthcare professionals are trained to help individuals in crisis and to provide a thorough evaluation process. Our team of professionals will recommend the best path forward, whether that means outpatient services or a more intensive level of temporary, inpatient support.

Admission Process

Admission Process: At The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, we try to make taking that first step as easy as possible. Our compassionate team is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our treatment programs or admissions process.

We offer you a confidential preliminary evaluation of your situation and explain how our center can meet your unique needs. We can also contact your insurance provider to confirm they cover our services and let you know about any expenses prior to billing. Upon arrival at our center, you will begin our comprehensive admissions procedure.

We conduct a series of assessments to gain an in-depth insight into the nature of your addiction or mental wellness concerns. Our expert team then applies their extensive medical knowledge and experience to design an individual treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Treatment Plans

Treatment Planning: Individualized Treatment Plans At the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, once you have completed our admissions assessments, we work with you to develop a personalized treatment program that provides you with the best chance of recovery and improved emotional well-being.

We combine numerous evidence-based treatment approaches into a comprehensive recovery plan that meets your individual needs. Our expert and experienced team stay by your side throughout your experience, offering exceptional care and support.

Our inpatient treatment options include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Educational Groups
  • Trauma-focused Therapy
  • Art, Music, and Recreational Therapy
  • Nutritional Assessments and Groups
  • AA & NA Meetings and Big Book Studies
  • Family Counseling and Family Weekend Activities

Support Process

Structured Environment and Support: At NP Addiction, many of our team members have personal experience with addiction, recovery, and mental health crises, which gives us unique insight into the patient experience. We extend compassion, acceptance and respect built on our shared understanding.

Our lived experience fuels our passion for patient success. Having navigated struggles ourselves, we are committed to supporting our patient’s healing journeys so they can achieve fulfilling, healthy lives.

We prioritize patient comfort. Nutritious meals are provided in our fully staffed kitchen. Group activities offer recreation balanced with downtime for self-reflection. Personal development continues informally through community experience.

Outside of formal counseling sessions, patients gain from interactions during meals and events. Our accommodating environment aims to enhance each stage of the treatment process. With empathetic guidance from those who understand life’s challenges firsthand, patients receive holistic support for sustainable lifestyle changes.

Therapeutic Interventions: Therapeutic interventions play an important role during the duration of inpatient treatment. These are clinical techniques and strategies used by mental health professionals to help patients effectively work through their substance use issues. At NPAC, we address the underlying thoughts, behaviors, and relationships that contribute to serious mental health conditions.

Treatment options

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a form of therapy that helps people identify and manage unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is often used in combination with other interventions such as mindfulness-based therapies or exposure therapy.  
  • Exposure Therapy: Exposure therapy is an evidence-based technique used in cognitive behavioral therapy to treat anxiety disorders effectively. At its core, exposure therapy aims to help patients consciously face and learn to feel comfortable with the triggers and circumstances that provoke their fear. This gradual and controlled process helps alleviate worry and unease in patients.
  • Specifically, therapists will carefully and sequentially expose the patient to the source of their anxiety. Things like such as heights, crowded places, or specific phobias – or situational contexts related to their anxiety without posing any genuine threat or harm.
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Mindfulness-based interventions help individuals become aware of their thoughts and feelings without judgment. This allows them to gain insight into their reactions to difficult events. 
  • Support Groups: Connecting with others who have gone through similar experiences can be helpful in managing and processing traumatic events. Joining a support group provides an opportunity to share stories, gain insight and offer mutual support. 

After Inpatient Mental Health Treatment

Follow-Up Care and Self-Care: The healing process is a continuous journey that extends beyond the duration of inpatient treatment. Follow-up care, such as regular therapy sessions or check-ins with healthcare professionals, helps former patients preserve their progress. This helps patients address ongoing challenges, and prevent relapse. Follow-up care provides ongoing support and guidance, ensuring that individuals can build upon the foundation established during inpatient treatment to enhance self-care routines and better coping skills. 

Get help now!

No matter what approach is taken, it is important to remember that healing takes time, patience, compassion and effort. With the right treatment plan and support network, it is possible to work through difficult life experiences and ultimately reclaim your life from the pain and mental health conditions that have marred it.
The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic is committed to delivering the very best treatment programs for addiction and mental health. Contact us to find out how we can help you. Start your journey to wellness today at one of the leading addiction and mental health treatment facilities in the nation. Benefit from recovery in style with great people in a pleasant South Florida location. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions regarding our treatment programs. Give us  a call (888) 574-3506

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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