Inpatient Medical Detox in Port St. Lucie, FL


A Safe and Comfortable Medical Detox is Essential


You deserve your first steps into sobriety to be as easy as possible. Recovery is enough of a challenge as it is. A safe and comfortable medical alcohol or drug detox At The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic is the right way to begin recovery.

Drug and alcohol addictions are severe disorders that can be difficult for anyone to cope with. In addition to the physical harm they cause, drugs and alcohol impair our mental health. Taking the first step towards recovery can seem overwhelming, but anything is possible with the right support. Our inpatient detox programs make the transition to sobriety as easy as possible and set the groundwork for the rest of your successful recovery.

What Is Inpatient Medical Detoxification?

Inpatient medical detoxification relieves the body of harmful toxins and safely breaks the physical hold that substances have on the body and brain.

The purpose of a medical detox off of drugs or alcohol is to minimize withdrawal symptoms. This is for both comfort and safety. Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant to say the least. We don’t want you to have to endure any more of them than is absolutely unavoidable.

What Happens During Inpatient Medical Detox?

During inpatient medical detoxification, our experts tailor treatment based upon the substance(s) the client is dependent upon, the duration of use, and their average dosage. General health is also reviewed to ensure that clients are fit to progress through treatment and to bring awareness to any special health concerns. 

The length of stay in inpatient detox varies depending on the substance used, amount and the patients age and physical health. Each person’s detox may be a bit different.

Here are some approximate time frames for detox treatment for different substances:

  • Alcohol:  From 3-5 days
  • Heroin:  From 4-7 days 
  • Most opioids: From 4-7 days
  • Benzodiazepines: From 1-4 weeks (depending on dosage, age, health, duration of use)
  • Methadone: From 1-4 weeks (depending on dosage, age, health, duration of use)
  • Amphetamines: From 3-5 days  (if necessary) 
  • Cocaine: From 3-5 days (if necessary) 
  • Synthetic drugs: Varies
  • Marijuana: Medical detox not necessary 

An Inpatient Detox is Both Safer and More Comfortable

In terms of safety, a medical alcohol or drug detox is often a necessity. Particularly in the case of alcohol, benzodiazepines or barbiturates. These three substances are somewhat unique in that unmedicated withdrawal can lead to fatal seizures. It is VERY important that a person who uses any of these substances regularly not attempt to stop abruptly or quit “cold turkey” 

A medical detox is necessary for safety in that case, and in every other case it’s going to be the most comfortable and sound way to quit drinking or using drugs and begin your recovery right. Here at The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic you will receive a state-of-the-art medicated detox at our inpatient facility with 24/7 medical supervision for your safety and comfort. 

Inpatient Medical Detox Offered by NP Addiction Clinic

At NP Addiction Clinic, we consider numerous factors before administering treatment including the substances you use, severity of dependency, and your overall health. Reviewing these ensures that our clients receive the most comfortable and effective care possible. The detox process is an important part of an overall addiction treatment plan that usually includes residential treatment after detox as well as aftercare. 

Some of the medical detox options offered at NP Addiction Clinic include:

Opioid Detox

Without a medical detox, physical withdrawal symptoms from opioids usually begin twelve hours after the last consumption of the substance. Typically peaking after three days, symptoms often last up to seven days but rarely exceed that timeline. They may include:







At NP Addiction Clinic, we use medications such as methadone and buprenorphine to ease your body through the withdrawal process and to help keep you comfortable.  We can also use other medications such as clonidine and anti-emetics to combat side effects.

Alcohol Detox

Despite being legal and socially acceptable, alcohol is highly physically addictive. Unmedicated alcohol detox can be difficult and life-threatening in some circumstances due to risk of seizures. Withdrawal symptoms include:






These symptoms typically begin eight hours after the individual’s last drink and last up to seven days.

We administer FDA-approved medications during the detox process to help your body safely and comfortably return to its natural state. During this process, our staff closely monitor your condition and to make sure that your health isn’t at risk.

Methadone Detox

Methadone is used to treat opioid addiction – these are substances such as heroin, fentanyl, and oxycodone. Although it’s a useful medication, it is still a controlled substance and withdrawal can be very uncomfortable.

At NCAP, we are one of the few centers that can support those reliant on doses of up to 225mg.

Withdrawal symptoms usually begin after 24 hours of the last-used dose and often resemble flu-like symptoms with users experiencing:





Lasting for three to six weeks, we use graduated amounts of medication to slowly wean our clients down to stop them going into acute withdrawal.

Benzodiazepine Detox

These popular sedative drugs are still widely prescribed for a variety of conditions. However, they’re seriously physically addictive and withdrawal without medical intervention can be fatal. 

Withdrawal symptoms often include:

Heart palpitations

Panic attacks




We utilize a tapered dose of benzodiazepines to stabilize our clients and gradually reduce their dependency comfortably and with minimal risk to health.

Other Drug Detox

In addition to overseeing alcohol, opioid, and methadone detox, we provide medical detox from other substances, including:

Synthetic drugs





Why Choose NP Addiction Clinic?

Why our St. Lucie County rehab and mental health center is right for you and your loved ones.

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24-Hour Support

We are dedicated to helping people heal, recover and live better lives, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Count on us to be there when you need us most. 

On-Site Detox

Unlike most facilities, we provide a complete, in-house safe and comfortable medical detox.We care for you from start to finish.

Mental Health Treatment Pros

We are experts in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction and much more. Our mental health expertise is above and beyond the norm.

Aftercare and Alumni Support

Our aftercare, alumni support and MAT programs are second to none. We’re invested in your recovery and wellness for the long haul. 

Relief is Just a Call Away

The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic NP Addiction Clinic is committed to delivering a safe and comfortable medical detox on-site at our location. We also offer residential addiction treatment after detox to help ensure successful, lasting recovery. Call us now at (888) 574-3506 or send us a message using our form. 

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