Medical Drug Detox in Port St. Lucie, FL

Medical Drug Detox Port Saint Lucie

At Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, we specialize in delivering comprehensive treatment packages. We’ll safely detox you, help you uncover the root cause of your problems, and offer you the long-term support you need to maintain your recovery for the rest of your life.

We provide detox for various substances, including stimulants, synthetic cannabis, cannabis, and benzodiazepines. Our medical experts will monitor your mental and physical state to make sure your transition into recovery is as easy as possible.

If you’ve tried to stop before and failed, don’t give up. You’ll be amazed at the difference a medical drug detox in Port St. Lucie, FL clinic makes.

What Is a Detox?

All mind-altering substances affect our brain in some way. They might increase dopamine levels, bind to opioid receptors, or change gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels. This changes the way we feel and produces the substance’s desired effect.

Meanwhile, our bodies attempt to maintain their regular function and adapt to the substance in our bloodstream. In doing so, it might reduce dopamine receptors, lower our natural opioid production, or increase the strength of the signals it sends to our nervous systems.

It is a shock to the system if we suddenly stop taking drugs.

Our body takes time to adjust to normal functioning again. In the meantime, it is still compensating for a substance no longer in our bloodstream. This causes a range of uncomfortable effects to arise gradually.

For example, detoxing from cocaine makes people feel tired, antisocial, and depressed. In contrast, detoxing from benzodiazepines leads to anxiety and insomnia.

What Detoxes Are Available at NP Addiction Clinic?

At NP Addiction Clinic, we offer a range of different detoxes to our clients. Our thorough assessment process will determine exactly what treatment you get. Irrespective of the treatment you receive, it will be customized and suited precisely for your needs.

Research shows that people with depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at higher risk of stimulant addiction. If we find these during your assessment, we can treat both issues and significantly increase your chances of finding successful recovery. Likewise, if you have a previous diagnosis, we can provide appropriate treatment.

Methadone Detox At NP Addiction Clinic

At NP Addiction Clinic, we can prescribe methadone to our clients during detox. We gradually taper down the dose to prevent the body from going into acute withdrawals. This slow and steady approach means our clients are as comfortable as possible during their time with us.

Methadone is highly regulated, and only a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) approved treatment program can prescribe it to treat opioid addictions. Despite its addictive properties, it is safe and effective when taken as directed. Our treatment is tailored to each person to ensure the correct dosage is given, and when taken at the correct time, the chance of overdose minimizes.

We offer detoxes for:





Crack cocaine

Synthetic cannabis

NP Addiction Clinic is fully licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide detox treatment and residential care, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re in good hands during treatment.

Stimulant Detox

Stimulants aren’t physically addictive in the same way alcohol or opiates are. However, research shows that addiction produces physical changes in the brain’s structure. This means that stopping suddenly will induce intense psychological withdrawals.

This category of substances includes:





Bath salts

While each of the above has slightly different effects, they all work on the dopamine system. This causes users to feel alert, chatty, and confident. They suppress our appetite, make us feel more awake, and increase our sex drive. People addicted to stimulants can go days without feeling the need to sleep.

However, as the old adage goes, what goes up must come down. Stimulants are extremely hard on our bodies, and when their effects wear off, users typically experience:



Substance cravings



Slowed heart rate

Disrupted sleep


Changes to appetite

Treating Stimulant Dependence

Stimulant detox happens in two stages – acute and post-acute. Acute detox lasts between two to three weeks, and post-acute detox can occur for months following.

There are no FDA-approved substitutes for treating stimulant detox. Instead, we focus on making sure that you’re as comfortable as possible during your time here. If appropriate, we may prescribe:

Short-term tranquilizers to help you sleep and calm your jittery nerves in the first few days.

Mental health medication, such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication.

Our staff will also be on hand to talk you through any of the more difficult times. Developing healthy coping strategies is vital for long-term recovery and dealing with substance cravings.

During treatment at NP Addiction Clinic, we’ll help you develop your own recovery program and help you implement it in your life. You’ll have the decades of experience of our fully trained team and a supportive peer group to work towards your stimulant-free future.

Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are central nervous system depressants used by millions of Americans. They increase the effect of a neurotransmitter called GABA, which reduces brain activity, sedates us, and makes us feel more relaxed.

Commonly used benzos include:

Alprazolam (Xanax)

Diazepam (Valium)

Temazepam (Restoril)

Lorazepam (Ativan)

Clonazepam (Klonopin)

Triazolam (Halcion)

Benzos are also highly addictive and cause a range of physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, including:





Disrupted appetite


Dry mouth

Low blood pressure


Unmedicated benzo withdrawal is extremely dangerous and can lead to life-threatening seizures in extreme circumstances. If you experience any of the above symptoms when you stop taking benzos, it’s vital that you reach out for help rather than go it alone.

Benzo Detox at NP Addiction Clinic

At NP Addiction Clinic, we place patient comfort at the forefront of everything we do. In our assessment, we’ll review the level of your addiction so that we can plan the medication for your detox.

First, we’ll stabilize you on a longer-acting benzo, such as diazepam or chlordiazepoxide. Then, we’ll gradually lower your dosage down over a few weeks to two months, depending on how large your habit was. We can also prescribe mental health medication if necessary.

During this time, you’ll be held up by our understanding and compassionate team and your peers. Detoxing on your own can be miserable, yet doing it with the support of new friends and highly-trained staff under the Florida sun makes for a much more life-affirming experience.

Synthetic Cannabis Detox

Synthetic cannabis is a relatively new substance that has recently emerged in the United States, gaining popularity in Miami. Known as K2 or spice, it’s a blend of synthetic cannabinoids sprayed onto herbs and smoked.

Because the ingredients are ever-changing, the effects can be hard to predict. Some batches may have relatively mild effects, while some have been strong enough to cause fatal overdoses and hospitalizations. Withdrawal effects can also be hazardous and require medical assistance.

Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms of synthetic cannabis are:




Chest pain



Suicidal ideation


Synthetic cannabis detox symptoms can be extremely unpleasant. It typically begins within a few hours and can last up to two weeks. If appropriate support is unavailable, people can find the symptoms so overwhelming they feel they have no choice but to use it again.

There is no specific FDA-approved substitute for synthetic cannabis withdrawal. However, our clinical staff can prescribe certain medicines, including short-term sedatives and anti-psychotics, which counter the most extreme symptoms. They’ll constantly monitor you throughout the process to ensure your health is not at risk.

You’ll have full access to all of our programs and therapies on offer, led by our highly trained and caring staff. You’ll develop a new support group and get the chance to uncover healthy coping strategies that work for you.

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. 

Let’s Talk Today

The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic is committed to delivering the best mental health and addiction treatment available. We can help you or the one you love too, but you need to make the first move. Call us now at (888) 574-3506 or send us a message using this 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