Residential Substance Abuse Treatment in Port St. Lucie, FL

What is Residential Substance Abuse Treatment?

The residential level of care is the most intensive type of treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs). In a residential substance use disorder treatment program like ours, patients receive a full day of treatment at least 5 days a week, sleeping at the clinical facility every night as well. 

Residential rehab for addiction usually begins with an inpatient medical detox first, to get past the withdrawal period comfortably before regular residential treatment begins. Residential drug rehab is considered the best and most effective option for addiction treatment, especially for those who need detox and would benefit from 24-hour medical supervision.

Our Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program


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 real residential addiction treatment.
PHP with sober living is not the same as residential substance abuse treatment.

Substance abuse treatment here includes:

Safe and comfortable on-site medical detox
Dual-diagnosis care for co-occurring mental health issues
Holistic therapies (art, music, rec)
Individual psychotherapy
Group therapy
And much more…

You or your loved one deserve comprehensive substance abuse treatment that gets to the core issues at the heart of their addiction. Don’t settle for anything less. Effective addiction treatment lays the solid foundation you need to build lasting recovery. .

Straightforward Solutions to Complex Problems

At Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Center, our mission is to give our patients high-quality addiction treatment in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Our cozy tropical location in Port Saint Lucie, FL, has all the comforts you need to feel right at home while being staffed by an expert, highly experienced team.

We’re here to demystify the disease of addiction. We combine traditional, evidence-based talking therapies with cutting-edge approaches, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), to ensure the best possible chances of success. Our ethos is underpinned by the spiritual program of the 12-steps.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, NP Addiction Clinic is the only place you need. We provide inpatient detox, addiction treatment, mental health interventions, medication prescribing, and long-term support, all under one roof.

Although no one dreams of going to rehab, you don’t deserve to be punished. Combining world-class therapy with relaxing recreational activities, complete with a fully staffed kitchen serving delicious, healthy food, we ensure your time with us is as pleasant as possible.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction, also known as substance use disorder (SUD), is a condition in which people habitually abuse substances in spite of negative consequences. People with a SUD will fixate on using their substance of choice, to the point that they will prioritize it over every other element of their lives.

An SUD often affects the way we think and live our lives. Substances hijack the brain’s natural reward pathways. They cause physical changes in our neurological system, resulting in intense cravings that can feel almost impossible to resist.

Anything that changes the way we feel has the potential to be habit-forming. It’s a popular misconception that you have to be physically dependent on a substance to be addicted. The truth is that any unhealthy relationship with mind-altering substances such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, has the potential to decimate your life.

Symptoms of Addiction

The symptoms of addiction can vary from person to person and from substance to substance. However, the unifying symptom is being aware that a substance or behavior is harming you but being unable to stop it.

Other symptoms of addiction include:

Social Problems

This could involve continuing to use a substance despite not knowing the strength or driving while impaired. Also, acquiring illicit drugs means dealing with criminals, which can be extremely dangerous.


As our bodies adjust to the presence of substances, they become more effective at clearing them from our systems. Research shows the brain receptors targeted by substances also become desensitized over time, leading many to require increased amounts of the substance to feel an effect.


When the impact of substances wears off, withdrawal symptoms gradually arise. Different for every individual, common symptoms include feeling shaky, tired, angry, or depressed. You could also experience physical symptoms such as nausea, sweating, or seizures in extreme instances.

Trouble With Setting Limits

Being unable to set limits with substance consumption is a sign of addiction. For example, you might only set out to have one beer with dinner which results in a binge.

How Do We Treat Addiction?

At NP Addiction Clinic, we believe that getting to the root cause of the problem is always the best solution. We deliver customized treatment packages that focus on helping you heal holistically. During your time with us, we’ll fully support you. From your initial landing phase to long-term support, we’ve got the answers here.


The first phase of treatment usually involves a detox. This is where we allow your body to naturally remove all traces of substances in a controlled and safe environment. Certain substances, such as alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepines, can cause severe withdrawal symptoms if unmedicated. Our highly trained clinical team will be on hand to prescribe any medication you require to make your first few weeks of recovery as comfortable as possible.

Addiction Treatment

We specialize in bespoke treatment packages to help you get back in touch with the real you. You’ll receive a customized blend of one-to-one and group therapy delivered by our highly skilled and compassionate therapists. How long you stay with us is up to you. Some of our clients stay for thirty days, some for sixty, and some for ninety. We’re partnered with a range of sober living facilities we can recommend when you decide to leave.

Specialized Treatment Offered at NP Addiction Clinic

At NP Addiction Clinic, we realize that everyone has different life circumstances, and we respect your individuality. We offer a range of programs that are tailored to your precise needs. These include:

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis is a significant concern as it refers to a complex situation where an individual is suffering from both substance addiction and mental health issues. The causes of coexistence can be diverse and intricate, and it is crucial to determine if addiction triggers a mental health problem or it’s the other way around. The NP Addiction Clinic understands the severity of dual diagnosis and aims to provide impeccable and exhaustive treatment to assist individuals in battling both addiction and mental health issues simultaneously. Our approach involves a specialized blend of holistic therapy and medication to target the root cause of the problem. Our team of experts is committed to providing individuals struggling with dual diagnosis with the tools and resources they need to overcome their challenges and excel in their journey to recovery. With our exemplary services, you can rest assured that your mental health challenges and addiction are treated hand-in-hand to ensure a healthier you, both physically and mentally, in the long run.

Specialist Pregnancy Addiction Treatment

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting things that can happen to us. However, if it coincides with addiction, it can also be one of the most worrying.

Being addicted while pregnant comes with some unique health challenges. You must stay healthy to deliver a healthy baby. You’re not alone however – every year, thousands of women find themselves in this very same position.

The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic is one of the few private programs in the country which can treat addicted pregnant mothers. In our Forgotten Moms Program, we treat pregnant women with addiction up to the second trimester. We can provide specialist detox treatment combined with medical support, nutritional guidance, and education to help you excel in both motherhood and recovery.

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. 

Get the Help You Deserve

At NP Addiction Clinic, successful recovery is only a phone call away. We are always open, and we accept most private insurance plans that can cover your entire cost of treatment. The rest of your life is only around the corner.

Contact us today:

24/7 Help: (888) 574-3506

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