Substance Abuse Treatment in Port St. Lucie, FL


High-Quality Addiction Treatment

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At The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, we provide our clients with a wide range of substance use disorder treatments. We pride ourselves on providing unique addiction treatment plans that thoroughly meet the specific needs of every person we treat. 

We understand that trying to decide which treatment program will best suit you or your loved one can be overwhelming. Navigating the addiction treatment landscape can be a real burden, especially when you’re in crisis. 

Recover in Caring and Capable Hands


Rest assured that at NP Addiction Clinic, you are in caring and capable hands. We are professionals who are passionate about helping people overcome the disease of addiction so they can thrive in long-term recovery. 

This page will give you crucial information about the substance abuse treatment programs we offer, but if you have any questions you’d like answered personally please contact our friendly team who will be pleased to assist you.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction


Addiction can sometimes be tricky to spot, especially as the signs and symptoms associated vary from person to person. However, some indicators that a person is abusing drugs and alcohol include:

  • Losing interest in hobbies and other interests
  • Withdrawing from friends and family members
  • Missing school or work
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Financial and legal issues
  • Mental health problems
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Isolation from others

If you recognize any of these signs or symptoms in yourself or a loved one, addiction treatment may well be beneficial. Although it might seem scary, treatment will ultimately empower you to live the life you deserve.

What Are My Addiction Treatment Options?


The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic offers a wide range of treatment options to suit all concerns. Our rehab programs are personalized during our assessment process and include elements such as:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Holistic therapies (art, music, rec)
  • Trauma-focused therapy
  • Family counseling
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

Residential substance abuse treatment is a long-term program that combines several treatment options, such as a medical detox, counseling, and group therapy, to assist recovery.

Offering those in treatment the chance to take advantage of facilities such as comfortable bedrooms, lounge spaces, and private therapy rooms, residential care enables clients to overcome their addiction away from any stress or triggers that could otherwise hinder their recovery.

Going ‘cold turkey’ and attempting to quit drugs or alcohol without medication can be dangerous. At our center, you’ll be monitored closely to limit any health risks during your time in our center.

In addition to offering a plethora of facilities and treatments to maximize your recovery results, our facility is staffed around the clock. This means that help and support are always available at this critical juncture in your life.

Dual-Diagnosis Residential Treatment

Understanding that addictions often stem from underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, our dual-diagnosis treatment thoroughly addresses mental health while treating clients for addiction.

Our specialists will identify your mental health needs during our assessment process before creating a personalized treatment plan. In the instance that an addiction and mental health disorder coexist, dual diagnosis treatment will be provided.

Our residential dual diagnosis treatment allows clients to focus on recovery away from the distractions and triggers from the outside world. As a long-term form of treatment, clients have access to our state-of-the-art facilities at all times and receive constant support from our staff throughout.

Specialized Pregnancy Treatment

Pregnancy can be both a wonderful and incredibly stressful time. If you’re an expectant mother with a substance use disorder, you have more than your fair share of challenges. The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic wants to help relieve that burden for you. Unlike most alcohol and drug rehabs, we offer specialized treatment for addicted pregnant mothers. 

If addiction during pregnancy goes untreated, the unborn baby is at risk of experiencing congenital difficulties or disabilities. Addiction while pregnant can also increase the risk of stillbirth and miscarriage. However, medically assisted detox can improve birth outcomes for unborn infants and aid with withdrawal symptoms in mothers who are addicted. 

Alongside medication, NP Addiction Clinic has counseling, support groups, and even yoga to help support expecting mothers with addiction throughout their treatment. We constantly work to ensure that both mom and baby are happy and healthy throughout.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment or MAT consists of addressing addiction and mental health conditions with appropriate medication. This can also include a medically assisted detox and medication to replace substances, such as opioids.

However, we recognize that medication doesn’t fix everything. At The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, our clients have full access to mental health support and counseling during their time with us.

Using medication throughout recovery can help to reduce the chances of relapse. However, the greatest rate of success is when medicated treatment is combined with support groups and counseling.

Our Facilities

Many people worry that progressing through residential or inpatient care can be an impersonal, clinical process. However, we provide a comfortable, welcoming environment that you can call home as you begin recovery. As you complete treatment, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of facilities including:

A fully staffed kitchen

Fully furnished bedrooms

Private therapy rooms

A range of recreational equipment

Lovely gardens

Admission Process

The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic provides a thorough assessment process to determine the appropriate level of care that each individual requires. We recognize that each person has different needs, and one treatment plan will not fit all. By creating an entirely bespoke program, we can target your addiction and mental health needs to provide the best chance of long-term recovery.

Our clinical assessment aims to understand the sociological, behavioral, and psychological aspects of addiction. A psychiatric assessment will also be carried out to evaluate your mental health. To ensure you are fit to progress through a treatment program, we will also require you to participate in a physical assessment.

From here, you will be welcome to commence treatment and take the first step in your journey to sobriety.

Recovery is Just One Call Away

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