Ambrosia Port St. Lucie

By The Fix staff 08/31/17

At Ambrosia Port St. Lucie, young adults are given both guidance and the necessary space and life skills for success following treatment. 

Ambrosia Port St. Lucie
Location : 546 Northwest University Blvd #103 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986
Phone : (888) 492-5288
Price : $21,000 - $25,000 (30 days)
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Introduction and Basic Services

Located in Port St. Lucie, Florida, a 50-mile drive from West Palm Beach, Ambrosia Port St. Lucie is a luxury residential substance abuse and co-occurring diagnosis rehab. It is situated within the Ambrosia Treatment Center network, which has five facilities covering the United States. Registered Nurse Jerry Haffey founded the organization in 2007 after years of experience in the field of substance abuse. Ambrosia Port St. Lucie is largely a young adult facility treating clients between the ages of 18 and 25 and almost entirely houses those with opioid addictions.

Facility and Meals

The treatment center is set in a two-story robin’s egg blue building with sloping roofs and a third-floor turret. It sits adjacent to a large lake, allowing clients to experience a relaxing atmosphere as they receive treatment. The outdoor area of the suburban, Spanish-style residence truly takes advantage of its Floridian setting with its landscaped grounds. The lagoon-style pool is set next to a shaded patio area. Rooms overlooking the pool have large windows to let in light and allow clients to take in the tree-lined, grassy backyard. There is a fitness center on-site.

Beach-adjacent residences have condo-like layouts, with two double bedrooms to a unit. Bathrooms have spa tubs and double granite countertops, with marble floors and showers. Each condo has a dining room, kitchen and comfortable communal area as well as flat screen TVs.

Clients are expected to cook meals for themselves in the condo kitchens and are taken on weekly shopping trips to reinforce life skills.

Treatment Protocol and Team

After initial assessments of health standing and any co-occurring disorders, clients may enter into a three-to-10-day detox. Residents in detox are monitored around-the-clock and prescribed medication as necessary.

Treatment is individualized and holistic and typically lasts 30 days. Client care includes one-on-one therapy sessions once a week, weekly meetings with a psychiatrist, weekly meetings with a medical doctor and 24/7 RN care. Additional mental care includes small group therapy four times a week, psychoeducational groups once daily, sober fellowship four times per week and daily 12-step meetings.

Modalities employed include weekly EMDR, music and art therapy and CBT. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) may also be used for those with dual diagnoses.

Treatment incorporates a physical component alongside medical and mental ones, including fitness training two to three times per week and adjunctive therapies like massage and chiropractic appointments twice a week. Schedules also cover grief and loss processing, nutritional counseling and trauma resolution.

On staff are an LCSW, life coaches, spiritual leaders, Master’s- and Bachelor’s-level therapists, CACs, RNs, a psychiatrist, a physician and residence technicians. This includes clinicians trained in the 12 steps.

Aftercare involves relapse prevention education and referrals to continuing step-down programs. In addition to monthly alumni meetups and bi-weekly support groups/lecture sessions, clients who have completed the program and their families are given access to ongoing support via phone, text or e-mail counseling. Discharge counselors may also help clients connect to local support networks or therapy. An educational newsletter containing personalized informational articles is sent out regularly.

Bonus Amenities

Ambrosia Port St. Lucie offers massage, acupuncture, fitness training, ropes courses, meditation, yoga and creative therapies. Recreational outings such as nature walks or beach excursions are incorporated into treatment.


Holistic and individualized care ensures that clients can get access to the exact sort of treatment appropriate for their particular recovery. At Ambrosia Port St. Lucie, young adults are given both guidance and the necessary space and life skills for success following treatment. The fact that treatment is composed almost entirely of those recovering from opiate addiction means that residents are able to find camaraderie with those who have had similar struggles and continue to maintain this support through the alumni network.

Ambrosia Port St. Lucie

546 Northwest University Blvd #103

Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986

(888) 492-1633

Ambrosia Port St. Lucie Cost: $21,000 - $25,000 (30 days); accepts insurance. Find Ambrosia Port St. Lucie onFacebook,Twitter,YouTube andLinkedIn

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