Methadone Detox in Port St. Lucie, FL

Methadone Detox in Port St. Lucie

Commonly used to treat opioid addictions, methadone is also highly addictive substance. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that methadone made up nearly one in every three prescription painkiller deaths.

At NP Addiction Clinic, we provide treatment and detox for those using high doses of methadone up to 225mg. We additionally offer complete mental health support and medical assistance throughout each step of recovery, detox, and treatment.

What Is Methadone?

Methadone is a strong opioid painkiller, often used to replace opiates in addiction recovery. It is longer-lasting than other substances from the same family, such as heroin and fentanyl, so it only needs to be dosed once per day.

Although it’s a useful medication, methadone is extremely addictive and unmedicated detox can be very uncomfortable.

Unprescribed methadone use can be especially dangerous as it remains within the body for between two to thirteen days. As such, this makes the risk of overdose extremely high.

Symptoms of a methadone overdose include:

Slow breathing

Reduced heart rate

Cold skin

Changes in pupil size

Inability to wake up

Muscle weakness


If you think you or your loved one has experienced a methadone overdose, call emergency services immediately. Treatments such as naloxone can be administered to reverse an overdose if caught in time..

How Is Methadone Used?

When a client wants to stop using highly addictive opioids, methadone is often prescribed. This is known as medically-assisted treatment or MAT. Methadone bonds to the opioid receptors and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and alleviates cravings, offering a better chance of recovery from opioid addiction. It also keeps tolerance at a stable level, which reduces the risk of accidental overdose.

Occasionally, methadone is also used in pain management. Even if you have no history of substance use, using methadone long-term will result in physical addiction. It doesn’t matter to us where you get your supply from – if you need help we can provide it.

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.

Side Effects of Methadone

When methadone is used long-term, it can have some mild to moderate side effects.

These include:




Sexual problems


People can also experience serious methadone side effects, such as:

Chest pain

Hives or rash

Difficulty breathing

Shallow breathing



A rapid heartbeat

If individuals encounter any of these side effects upon taking methadone, they should immediately contact emergency services. If they are in treatment for opiate addiction, other medications are available to help safely detox them, including naltrexone and buprenorphine.

How a Methadone Detox Works

The detox process works differently depending on the amount of methadone a person uses. If they are using a higher dose, we will use a tapering process. This means decreasing the dosage of methadone a person receives, which helps reduce severe withdrawal symptoms.

This detox process can take weeks to complete, but it is the safest option. By slowly reducing methadone use, recovery rates are much more significant. For lower doses, we may switch clients over to buprenorphine and follow a tapering process.

At NP Addiction Clinic, we treat clients who have become dependent on high levels of methadone up to 225mg. Our medical detox process is supervised closely to limit health risks and treat severe side effects of withdrawal.

Understanding that substance abuse can stem from underlying mental health conditions, we are dedicated to identifying the root cause to reduce the risk of relapse. We also recognize how important mental health is during the detox process. As a result, we provide access to support groups and therapy in our state-of-the-art treatment facility.

Symptoms of Methadone Dependence

The signs of methadone dependence can be similar to those of opioid addictions. 

These include:



Impaired memory

Losing interest or motivation in activities and hobbies

Missing school or work

Isolation from friends and family

Indications of substance abuse look different from person to person. Recognizing this, we offer customized medical detox programs to suit each person. Our inpatient care provides care and support for those going through the detox process and helps to improve the chances of a successful recovery.

Symptoms of Methadone Withdrawal

When progressing through a methadone detox, many people will experience flu-like symptoms. 

These can include:



Muscle aches



Stomach cramps


Treatment programs and detox centers, such as our own, can treat these symptoms easily with standard medication.

Some people attempt to quit methadone by going ‘cold turkey’ without any medical assistance or help. However, as there is a high chance of relapse without supervision or medical assistance, doing so is not safe.

During detox, the risk of complications from withdrawal, such as severe dehydration or lung infections from aspiration, also increases. NP Addiction Clinic offers around-the-clock medical care and support to help reduce these risks and offer the highest chances of a successful recovery.

Timeline of Methadone Withdrawal

Symptoms of methadone withdrawal will arise at different times for everyone, but generally, they appear as follows:

Stage One – Twenty-four to thirty-six hours after withdrawal, the first symptoms emerge. These include anxiety, fatigue, trouble sleeping, and restlessness. Flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches and chills can also be expected..

Stage Two – Three days after withdrawal begins, symptoms peak. Here, symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and feelings of depression are present. Lasting for approximately one week, methadone cravings are additionally strong at this stage.

Stage Three – One week after methadone withdrawal begins, symptoms begin to alleviate. However, symptoms such as anxiety and irritability may persist, and cravings will likely still be present. Feelings of depression can also be intense during this time.

Medicated methadone withdrawal at NP Addiction Clinic is the safest way to detox, as each client is fully supported with medical aid and therapy as needed. The withdrawal process can be scary to go through alone, yet choosing a detox program at NP Addiction Clinic enables a safe and supervised detox.

Our Methadone Detox

Take control of your life and methadone use with a bespoke detox program from the NP Addiction Clinic. Unlike many other treatment centers, we provide comprehensive and complete care and support for each client.

Completing a detailed assessment process, NP Addiction Clinic considers each individual’s needs to create the most effective program to maximize recovery success.

Though methadone detox can seem intimidating, completing a treatment program at our center will see you well supported in taking the steps to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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