Residential Mental Health Treatment in Port St. Lucie, FL

What is Residential Mental Health Treatment?

The residential level of care is the most intensive type of treatment for mental health. In a residential mental health rehab, patients attend a full day of mental health treatment at least 5 days a week, sleeping at the clinical facility every night as well. It is considered the best and most effective option for mental health care, especially for those who need 24-hour care and supervision while in treatment or would benefit from it. 

Our Residential Mental Health Treatment Program

GET TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR CONDITION – WE AIM FOR COMPLETE HEALING.

Our highly trained clinical team develops an individualized Master Treatment Plan for every person we treat. Don’t settle for programs that don’t offer true primary mental health treatment.

Evidence-based mental health care is our focus.

Mental health treatment here includes:

You or your loved one deserve complete mental health treatment from professionals fully invested in their success. Effective treatment clears the road ahead for continued wellness and further progress.

Mental Health Conditions We Treat

At NP Addiction Clinic, we take a holistic approach to recovery, providing trial-tested treatment for many mental health conditions. Grounded in compassion and care, we have shared an overview of some of the mental health conditions we treat in our primary mental health residential treatment services below.

Depression

Depression affects people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Causing intense feelings of sadness or numbness to arise, depression can leave people struggling to find joy or meaning in life, leading to suicide or suicidal thoughts. Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol can become a crutch to evade these depressive episodes.

Personality Disorders

Emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), otherwise known as a borderline personality disorder (BPD), causes people to experience intense, fluctuating emotions. These intense highs and lows can last anywhere between a few hours up to a week at a time.

Many people living with EUPD are survivors of trauma. As a result, it is common to have a dual diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Trauma

PTSD is a condition that can occur after experiencing a traumatic event. Anything that puts someone under extreme or prolonged stress can cause trauma. Triggered when traumatic memories are incorrectly processed, according to research, around 50% of people seeking substance abuse treatment meet the criteria for PTSD.

The Benefits of Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is not easy to achieve. With the additional challenge of substance addiction, it can take a significant amount of work to maintain. However, the benefits of consciously working to improve your mental health are extensive, especially in this time of global chronic stress.

In addition to increasing susceptibility for addiction, stress leads to decreased focus, cognitive impairment, anger, irrationality, irritability, physical ailments, and fear. However, by working holistically on our mental wellness, the risk of stress is reduced.

Some other benefits of mental wellness include:

Reduced anxiety
Improved concentration
Clearer thoughts
A sense of inner peace
Increased self-work
Reduced risk of depression
Healthier relationships

What To Expect During Residential Mental Health Treatment

At NP Addiction Clinic, we are proud to offer our patients the comprehensive and supportive care they need to master their mental health.. We want everyone who attends our center to leave treatment with a full understanding of their mental health condition and the tools they need to manage it and continue their progress for life.

When undiagnosed or untreated mental health symptoms are alleviated, life gets better. It also greatly reduces the chance of turning to substance use to change the way you feel (AKA ‘self-medicating’). We are committed to helping you find healthy coping skills to manage your emotional difficulties without resorting to the use of substances.

We combine various techniques and therapies to find the most effective way to improve each person’s wellbeing. Working with a specialist to ease the symptoms of mental health conditions, many of our clients can work towards greater happiness and prosperity relying on healthy tools and techniques.

What Is the Connection Between Mental Health and Addiction?

Mental health and substance abuse are closely related. Research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that approximately one in four people with a severe mental health condition also suffer from a substance use disorder.

A 2019 National survey by SAMHSA on drug use and mental health additionally found that 9.5 million people in the United States live with a co-existing mental health and substance abuse disorder (SUD).

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

The link between addiction and mental health cannot be overlooked. In fact, they are often closely intertwined. For instance, if someone is suffering from an undiagnosed mental health condition, it can drive them towards substance abuse as a way to cope with the challenging symptoms they experience. Additionally, drugs and alcohol tend to exacerbate the symptoms of pre-existing mental health disorders.

Thus, it is vital to approach both addiction and mental health issues together, especially in cases where they co-occur. This is where dual-diagnosis treatment comes in. As the name suggests, it is a program that addresses both addiction and mental health in a balanced and holistic approach. It can greatly benefit people who struggle with a combination of mental health disorders and addiction.

At NP Addiction Clinic, we take a personalized approach to treat co-occurring illnesses. Our dual-diagnosis treatment program is tailored to each individual’s unique needs and circumstances. For more information about our dual-diagnosis treatment program, please visit our website through this link here: dual-diagnosis treatment.

Why Choose NP Recovery?

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.
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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.

Find Out How We Can Help

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

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