Alcohol Detox in Port St. Lucie, FL

What Is Alcohol Detox?

As a depressant, alcohol relaxes the central nervous system (CNS), making people feel happy and euphoric. The CNS responds by sending more signals than usual to compensate for this to keep our body functioning. Prolonged use means the CNS gets used to sending this level of signals.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

If we abruptly stop drinking, our brain and CNS take time to adjust to regular functioning without alcohol. During this period, people experience a range of side effects including:

Irritability

Anxiety

Nausea

Tremors

Hallucinations

High body temperature

Delirium tremens (DT)

Seizures

Although these symptoms and side effects may seem alarming, it is important to remember that they are only temporary and a medical detox for alcohol addiction can help you largely avoid them.. Beginning addiction treatment for alcohol abuse is difficult but entirely worth it.

QUITTING ALCOHOL ‘COLD TURKEY’ IS VERY DANGEROUS

Anyone who is drinking alcohol regularly (more than 1-2 drinks daily) should never suddenly stop drinking without medical advice and support. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are not only unpleasant, they can actually be fatal. Alcohol withdrawal seizures can be deadly.

Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Symptoms of alcohol addiction can vary from person to person but can include some of the following:

Appearing intoxicated regularly

Drinking heavily in secret or alone

Changes in mood, including irritability and mood swings

Choosing to drink alcohol over other activities or hobbies

Being dependent on alcohol looks different for everyone. Alcohol abuse can also include binge drinking, where a person drinks to excess several nights a week. Binge drinking can also have adverse effects on physical and mental health.

Being addicted to alcohol for a long time can also lead to long term health and medical conditions, such as:

Cancer

Heart disease

Difficulty with memory

Anxiety and depression

High blood pressure

Alcoholic hepatitis

Cirrhosis 

How Does Alcohol Detox Work?

The best alcohol detox centers Port St Lucie at NP Addiction Clinic works by flushing out all alcohol from the body so that it can function normally while using medication to make sure that any side effects are treated and our patient’s health is never at risk.

Using medication alleviates many of the more extreme withdrawal symptoms and makes detox much easier to progress through.

As each person is different, there is no one fit for all when it comes to medication. However, the following medications are often prescribed:

Benzodiazepines – Administered to calm the central nervous system and minimize the effects of anxiety and insomnia, benzodiazepines, including Valium and Librium, are a common treatment during an alcohol detox. 

Campral – This treatment helps to limit some of the extended physical and emotional distress that people experience during detox.

Naltrexone – Naltrexone works by blocking the positive feelings that occur when people drink heavily. It has been marketed under several brand names, including Revia and Depade.

Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

When quitting alcohol, alcohol withdrawal stages typically include:

Stage One – Occurring six to twelve hours after withdrawal begins, stage one of withdrawal involves symptoms such as trembling hands, headaches, anxiety, and insomnia.

Stage Two – Twenty-four hours after withdrawal commences, mild symptoms continue. For those being treated for milder cases of AUD, this is when symptoms usually peak. They usually decrease in a matter of days.

Stage Three – Twenty-four to seventy-two hours after last consuming alcohol, those with a history of severe alcohol abuse could experience a severe health condition called delirium tremens, or DT. Here, symptoms including hallucinations, paranoia, and seizures may be experienced. This is when symptoms of withdrawal are usually the worst. However, this is relatively rare, with less than 5% of people in rehab programs developing DT.

Stage Four – After seventy-two hours, withdrawal symptoms should start to taper down. After a week, they usually begin to wear off. It should be noted that there is still a risk of developing delirium tremens in this period.

Although many people attempt to withdraw from alcohol alone, doing so can be extremely dangerous or even fatal. Completing a medically supervised detox is strongly recommended.

With inpatient detoxes, professional care, support, and medical help are at hand at all times. 

Other key benefits of inpatient alcohol detox include:

A break from triggers and everyday life stressors

Support for medical conditions and mental health

Community support from others in treatment

Reduction of serious health risks caused by alcohol withdrawal

At NP Addiction Clinic, we recognize the importance of a strong support network for rehab programs to be successful. As a result, we ensure that each client always has access to constant support and comprehensive care from staff.

Understanding that alcohol addiction can take a long time to recover from, at NP Addiction Clinic, we provide ongoing support for clients for as long as they need.

Polydrug Detox

Often, alcohol abuse can go hand in hand with drug abuse, leaving many people dependent on both drugs and alcohol.

To ensure those with co-existing addictions secure the treatment they need, we require all our patients to complete an in-depth assessment process here at NP Addiction Clinic. Working with each individual, we ensure the highest chances of a successful recovery by creating bespoke detox programs for both drugs and alcohol.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Drugs and alcohol can sometimes be a band-aid for serious mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. For this very reason, at NP Addiction Clinic, we also offer dual diagnosis treatment.

Dual diagnosis treatment simultaneously treats both addiction and mental health. Combining detox with psychological and well-being therapies, this particular treatment helps patients get back to a healthy, happy life.

How Do You Know You Need an Alcohol Detox?

Our alcohol detox Port St Lucie team knows alcohol abuse can be hard to spot. You might not think that you’re dependent on alcohol, but you may want to consider an alcohol detox if:

You can’t say no to a drink

Your drinking feels out of control

Drinking impacts your relationships

You can’t get through the day without a drink

You experience legal trouble because of your drinking

The above signs often indicate that an individual has become dependent on alcohol. As a result, if you experience any of these, you may benefit from alcohol addiction treatment.

If your drinking impacts your everyday life, contact NP Addiction Clinic to see what treatment is right for you.

Why Choose NP Addiction Clinic?

Why our St. Lucie County drug and alcohol 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.
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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.
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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. 

At NP Addiction Clinic, a safe and comfortable medical detox off of alcohol is available to you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. All it takes is a phone call. We are always open, and we accept most private insurance plans that can cover most of the costs of alcohol detox in Port St. Lucie, FL. If you’re ready to quit drinking, do it the safe, comfortable and sensible way. 

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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

Facilitator

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

Clinician

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