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Drug and alcohol addiction negatively impacts the lives of more people and their loved ones every day. At our rehab in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Ambrosia Treatment Center offers comprehensive treatment for those struggling with a substance use disorder. We also help family members affected by addiction through our family programming. 

We are proudly backed by:

  • The highest accreditation in healthcare
  • Partnerships with university researchers
  • A 10+ year track record

Port St. Lucie and South Florida Addiction Statistics

Much like the rest of the United States, Port St. Lucie and the rest of South Florida are facing concerns over rising rates of addiction. Therefore, residents of Port St. Lucie, like other cities throughout the country, have been impacted by the national opioid epidemic and pandemic-related substance abuse.

The Florida Department of Health shares the following addiction statistics:

  • In 2020, 15.5% of adults in St. Lucie County engaged in heavy or binge drinking
  • The age-adjusted death rate (AADR) of all drug overdoses in 2020 was 29.2 per 100,000 residents of St. Lucie county
  • Opioids alone accounted for an AADR of 25.4 per 100,000 residents of St. Lucie county in 2020
  • Heroin and other opioids contribute to a majority of drug-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and overdose deaths in St. Lucie

In addition, stimulant drugs, like crystal meth, bath salts, and cocaine, contribute to drug-related overdoses. However, opioids overall account for a majority of these issues. We commonly provide drug addiction treatment in Port St. Lucie and advocate for our clients to understand they are not alone. 

Why is Addiction on the Rise?

It is often reported that increasing societal stressors paired with economic hardships and residual effects of the pandemic have contributed to the rise in addiction. With nearly half of the population experiencing barriers to mental health care, more Americans have attempted to numb their psychological pain with substances. This can make those susceptible to addiction more likely to develop a substance use disorder.

Once addiction takes hold, many people are afraid to ask for help. Of the individuals that do seek help, finding the right physician may prove difficult. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 21 million Americans suffer from addiction, while only 3,000 physicians are specially trained to treat them. However, treatment centers like Ambrosia have a highly trained team to provide drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Port St. Lucie. 

What is Dual Diagnosis?

When someone experiences both a mental health condition and a substance use disorder at the same time, this is defined as dual diagnosis. Since each of these disorders can often lead to one another, dual diagnosis is widespread in those struggling with addiction. At Ambrosia, we understand that treating one problem while ignoring the other would create barriers to recovery. Therefore, we treat dual diagnosis during alcohol and drug addiction treatment. 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis treatment is designed to manage the concurrent existence of a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. This broad-spectrum approach deals with both issues at once, given their frequent co-occurrence. The treatment may include a variety of therapies and strategies for managing medications. It’s essential due to the intricate dynamics of these coexisting disorders.

What Happens at Rehab in Port St. Lucie?

Rehabilitation in Port St. Lucie focuses on client-centric treatment strategies, providing a range of options for comprehensive care. With this objective, Ambrosia Treatment Center offers structured programs across all stages of care, geared towards individuals requiring initial stabilization and continued recovery support.

Port St. Lucie rehab includes:

  • Inpatient treatment for residential rehab of about 30 to 90 days, which involves:
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) continue your treatment after you leave a residential facility and transition back to everyday life.
  • Outpatient treatment gives you the option to continue with therapy and other services via appointments, usually once a week.

As you advance through each level of care, you will gradually build the skills necessary for long-term recovery from addiction.

Benefits of Rehab in Port St. Lucie

Rehab in Port St. Lucie offers several benefits, including:

  • Reduced risk of relapse in early recovery
  • Connections to peers who also struggle with addiction
  • Understand underlying causes of addiction, like stress and mental illness
  • Begin treating an underlying mental health disorder during rehab
  • Identify treatment goals for continued recovery
  • Safe and secure environment for recovery
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) if needed for alcohol and opioid use disorders
  • Inpatient rehab offers 24/7 support and supervision
  • Comprehensive care that includes holistic treatments like yoga, mindfulness, and exercise

Rehab in Port St. Lucie can help you or your loved one identify the causes of addiction while finding solutions for these issues. Ambrosia Treatment Center provides a multitude of treatment options to help you find the best pathway to your recovery from addiction.


Our Port St. Lucie Drug and Alcohol Rehab Amenities

It’s normal to not “want” to go to rehab. However, attending rehab is far better than feeling sick and depressed. Activities like art therapy, massage, and CrossFit keep you engaged while you get to the core of your addiction.

Without even realizing it, you form healthy habits and friendships that help you stay sober long after you leave. Building a new life stops triggers like anxiety, boredom, and self-doubt from taking over.

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Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Port St. Lucie, FL

Whether you’re a family member or struggling yourself, you deserve a safe, comfortable facility that looks out for your best interest. Ambrosia Treatment Center in Port St. Lucie is here for you and ready to help you begin your drug and alcohol rehab process. Since we accept all major insurances, we hope you can attend treatment here. But, the important thing is that you get help today, no matter which facility you choose. If you have questions about our Port St. Lucie location or treatment in general, contact us anytime.

Call or visit our admissions page today to start your recovery.

Meet Your Team

Coming together with the doctor, nurse, case manager, recovery mentor, peer guide, alumni advocate and Wellness family team, seasoned therapists will be with you every step of the way.

James English


Primary Therapist

James is a masters-level therapist with nearly 20 years of professional experience and 30 years of personal experience in recovery. He has a gift to leave even those most unreachable with a lasting, life-changing hope.

“If you’re trying to drown your sorrows in drugs and alcohol, know that sorrows know how to swim.”


Master’s in Psychology — Palm Beach Atlantic University
Bachelor’s in Psychology — Palm Beach Atlantic University
Florida Certified Addiction Specialist
Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Young Adults, Families

Years in the Field

18 Years

Personal Journey

I have been sober for nearly three decades. This is not my profession, this is my passion.

Glenn Sime


Primary Therapist

Glenn is a certified addiction therapist meeting both state and international standards. His enlightenment, patience and positivity are contagious.

“Getting sober isn’t about changing who you are. It’s about becoming the best version of yourself. It’s about progress, not perfection.”


  • Bachelor’s in Human Services— Indian River State College
  • Certified Addiction Professional — International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium
  • Certified Anger Management Specialist II — National Anger Management Association
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist Addiction — Trauma Institute International


Years in the Field
7 Years

Personal Journey
A life not lived for others is not a life. Every day I’m inspired by the transformation and healing that is happening here.

Andrew Hope


Chiropractic Therapist

Chiropractic care isn’t just about cracking backs. Studies show it can reduce muscle, joint, bone or connective tissue pain better than many medications. With over 30 years of experience, Andrew has mastered how to use the power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

“You don’t have to be injured benefit from chiropractic care. The preservation of health is always better than waiting to cure damage. Anyone is one chiropractic adjustment away from a good mood.”

Chiropractic Medicine — Lincoln Chiropractic College


Years in the Field
31 Years

Personal Journey
Chiropractic care is one of the few areas of medicine that can address the whole body, enhancing our ability to think, move and perform.

Benjamin Geigus

Alumni Advocate

An alumni himself, Ben is relatable and realistic. He understands the fears and challenges of never having lived as an adult without addiction. He’s passionate about building real friendships and helping build stable futures, leading by example.

“If you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.”


Diploma — Pottsgrove Senior High School

Years in the Field

1 Year

Personal Journey

I picked up my first drug at age 14 and didn’t stop until I was 24. I use my own story to show that if I can beat this, anyone can.


Fit Factory 772

Fitness Coaches

Working out provides much-needed structure and physical release. CrossFit, in particular, is known for its strong sense of community and belonging, which makes it an ideal fitness activity to easily incorporate into your new, healthy lifestyle outside of rehab.

“Like fitness, recovery is hard. But…regret is harder.”


Variety of fitness credentials — including L1 Crossfit Certification
*3 Person Team

Years in the Field

4-8 Years

Personal Journey

Exercise works the mind-body connection to burn off frustrated energy you’re constantly building up while in recovery and gives you something healthy to focus on. You get a mood-lifting boost of endorphins.

Brian Wood


Art Therapist

Brian is a masters-level counselor with 16 years of experience in mental health and a lifetime of experience creating art. Each session deals with a specific topic like anger, stress or goals. You visualize yourself successfully dealing with stress or achieving your goals. If you can visualize success, you can attain it.

“If you’re feeling blue, try painting yourself a different color.”


Master’s in Mental Health Counseling — Palm Beach Atlantic University
Bachelor’s in Psychology — Palm Beach Atlantic University
Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor



Years in the Field

8 Years

Personal Journey

Art therapy transforms pain into beauty. I make art when I can’t gather the words to say.

Career Source

Career Development

CareerSource hosts employment success workshops across South Florida. Through hands-on training with certified workforce professionals, job seekers learn real-world skills like how to prepare a resume, search for job opportunities and navigate the interview process.

“A career is more than an income. It’s about personal growth, planning ahead and seeing the bigger picture.”


Certified Workforce Professionals hold a variety of business and professional credentials

Years in the Field

17 Years

Personal Journey

An investment in yourself always pays off. Professional development helps people discover the best version of themselves.

Deborah Hessic

Primary Therapist

Deborah’s amazing counseling methods are backed by a degree in Human Services in Addiction from the University of Phoenix. Her upbeat, friendly, and engaging personality help her connect with each and every person that walks through the door.

“Recovery delivers everything addiction promises.”


  • Bachelor’s in human services in addiction –University of Phoenix
  • Associates in human services– University of Phoenix

Years in the Field

8 Years

Personal Journey

I feel blessed helping others battle addiction. It really feels like the calling and one of the reasons perhaps I was put on our earth to do.

I love my job and will continue to do it for many years to come.

Nicole Raithel

Case Manager

Cassandra Szuba

Primary Therapist


  • The staff here saved my life, and the therapists are nothing short of amazing. They truly cared and wanted to see me succeed in my recovery. I’ll be forever grateful for everything they’ve done to help me become the person I’m supposed to be. In my addiction, I never actually grew up. I grew more in a month at Ambrosia than I have in a long time.

    Frank B.
  • I was hesitant to send my daughter away again. She had been to several other rehabs, but she always went back to her old ways after a few weeks. But, something about Ambrosia stuck with her. The staff was wonderful, and constantly communicated with me from the start, and helped me to understand the disease. That means a lot for a scared Mom like me.

    Debra S.
  • I would suggest Ambrosia to any parent who doesn’t know what to do. The staff was very kind and helpful. Family weekend was an exhausting experience for my wife, my daughter and I, but so worth it. Thank you for helping my daughter start her journey to recovery.

    Marc W.
  • Ambrosia was exactly where I needed to be. Great staff, great facility, and I can’t thank my therapist enough for her help, especially in the beginning. I came here to get away from the temptations of my hometown and lay low for a while, but I walked away with so much more than that.

    Ryan M.
  • I have nothing but good things to say about Ambrosia Treatment Center. Wellness answered all our questions and really went out of their way to help us get through the anxiety. The staff and counselors went above and beyond expectations. I would highly recommend Ambrosia to anyone who needs help.

    Suzanne W.
  • After struggling for years, my son finally got some help. He didn’t want to go to treatment, so we had no choice but to kick him out of the house. Finally, he agreed to go. Ambrosia got him into a sober living program after treatment, and I couldn’t be prouder of the strides he is making in his life. I have no idea where our family would be without this place.

    Mary K.
  • When anyone I know reaches out for help, I tell them to call Ambrosia. I’ve been out of treatment for months, and I still talk to my therapist when I need support. Thank God for people that share the gift of sobriety. I don’t know where I would be without them. 

    Kelly M.
  • Addiction cannot be cured overnight; it’s a process that requires patience. Ambrosia’s Wellness team taught me so much about how to keep realistic expectations for my daughter’s recovery. Sometimes I think I got as much out of her treatment as she did. There is always hope!

    Deirdre S.
  • I’ve had the pleasure of working with dozens of youth who are very early on in their recovery. I am always overwhelmed by the response I get from Ambrosia alumni. It is a true testament to what you do so well, preparing your clients for life after treatment, and instilling in them the passion to give back what has been so graciously given to them. Bravo!

    Ted K.
  • Ambrosia not only helped my son get his life back, it gave him the opportunity to be treated like a respected young man. He grew up while he was in there. I witnessed an amazing change in him. The counselors give incredible support and continue to do so a year later. I have nothing but great things to say about this place.

    Karen C.
  • Overall, I had a positive experience during my stay at Ambrosia. I got out of it what I put into it.

    John W.
  • Ambrosia truly saved my life. My counselor was a huge part of my support while here at Ambrosia. I don’t know what I would have done without her. She is my biggest advocate in Florida.

    Shay N.
  • My experience with Ambrosia has been wonderful. They are very helpful in teaching clients about the disease, being there for mental and emotional support and spreading hope back into your heart. They take their job very professionally while maintaining personal care for each client. Its amazing to know that there is a place addicts can go to get the top level of care needed for a successful recovery.

    Lex S.
  • It was a great learning experience at Ambrosia. I feel confident the help and knowledge I received here will help me maintain sobriety.

    JD R.
  • My experience at Ambrosia was a gift. It allowed me to look at my disease honestly, while receiving excellent care and guidance. I would recommend it to any of my loved ones.

    Tina P.
  • I enjoyed my stay here. I appreciate all the staff here.

    Chelsea C.
  • I had an amazing counselor that has helped me with things I didn’t even knew existed. He reaches deep into my head and heart and finds things that affect the way I think and act. All the techs were helpful and I built a bond with the Ambrosia staff. I appreciate them all very much.

    Coraline D.
  • The facilities are top notch. The counselors are over qualified and are friendly and helpful.

    Johnny C.
  • Great experience to strengthen my spiritual consciousness and give me the tools to properly attack recovery with enthusiasm.

    Greg J.
  • Great facility, great people. I enjoyed my time here.

    Jared F.
  • They treat you with respect and care. The quality of life doesn’t get better than what is offered. It’s like our own little world that’s protected inside a safety bubble. I loved it, I didn’t want to leave.

    Frank T.
  • Zach M.

    It was great, I learned a ton, the staff was beyond helpful and caring. Everyone is willing to help you in any way they can.

    Zach M.

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