Treatment Center Setting
- Beach Community
Amethyst Recovery Center Philosophy
With over 75 years of combined experience, our staff is uniquely qualified to guide you through the recovery journey. Instead of transitioning from one treatment facility to a separate intensive outpatient treatment center, clients will stay with Amethyst for the duration of their treatment.
From the first day of treatment, clients will form bonds with staff and with each other that will last through sober living and beyond. This continuity of care allows for a deeper level of trust and understanding between clients and their therapy team.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
So grateful for the people at Amethyst. Grateful for their compassion for Moms, their professionalism, and their sincere willingness to serve in the trenches of addiction. Most grateful for the genuine love they have for the clients that come through their doors. Few people in this world will journey with those who are bound by addiction. Thank God they are doing their part to help set our sons and daughters free.
This place is amazing.... The staff taught me so much and really helped me gain a life worth living.... Without out them I can honestly say I probably wouldn't be sober today! So grateful to all that they offer because it's more than just getting away you get to work through the hard things you've been through and have the hand to lead you through the darker times into a beautiful outcome
Amethyst Recovery Center has changed my life. I never thought I would truly be looking forward to being involved in long term forever recovery or be able to "get it". Something was always missing. While I was in Amethyst I was able to find what I was missing when I participated in the Alpha Series Program, which is a spiritual not religious based class taught by awesome real people who really love and care about our recovery. My whole perspective on recovery is now so positive it is amazing!!! The entire staff at Amethyst are very accommodating and they genuinely care about every clients well being and recovery they bend over backwards to try to save lives. Thank you for saving my life everyone at Amethyst clients included!
Meet the Staff
Chief Financial Officer
Samuel Kesaris is originally from Gaithersburg Maryland. He attended college at the University Of Coastal Carolina. He specializes in communications and management. Samuel is a licensed health insurance agent. He has experience working in the fields of health insurance, business management, and drug and alcohol treatment. Sam has been an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 5 years and has helped many young people struggling with addiction issues throughout our community. He is thrilled to be a part of Amethyst Recovery Center and looks forward to assisting many addicts on their journey to recovery!
Chief Operating Officer
Pamela Springer has been in the Healthcare field in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in physician management and recruitment as well as mental health administration and marketing. Pamela has served on the Board of Directors for the Treasure Coast Advocates for Seniors, is a past President on the Board of the Council of Social Agencies in St. Lucie County, is a graduate of St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2011 and served on the Advisory Board of the Area Agency on Aging.
Tom A. Edwards D.C., M.S., C.A.P., ICADC
The first part of Tom’s journey started by becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.). He practiced as a Chiropractic Physician for about 14 years. The next phase of life took him through his own personal struggle with addiction. He soon realized his true passion in life was to help those struggling with the disease of addiction. His passion motivated him to become a Certified Addiction Professional (C.A.P.). Shortly thereafter, he returned to college obtaining his Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Mental Health Counseling. Currently, Tom is studying for his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Specialty in Addictions. Tom has been active within the addictions and mental health field as a therapist since 2007. He is trained in multiple therapeutic interventions, including EMDR.
Pamela Stierwalt, LMHC
Pamela is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and received her Master’s degree from Webster University in 2001. She has worked in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field for the last 18 years. Pamela’s experience includes individual, group and family therapy, as well as crisis intervention. Pamela is well-versed in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has worked as a therapist, program manager and clinical director and volunteers with the local Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Pamela is a Qualified Supervisor for mental health counseling licensure in the state of Florida as well as an adjunct professor at the local state college. Pamela has a passion for assisting others in working through co-occurring disorders while teaching family members and loved ones how to help in the recovery process.
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ABOUT AMETHYST RECOVERY CENTER
Located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Amethyst Recovery Center offers adult men and women a full continuum of care for the treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, including 24-hour-monitored detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient (IOP), and general outpatient programs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients in the day/night care program receive at least 40 hours of individual and group therapy per week, which includes modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma-focused eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). The program also offers education on the nature of addiction and recovery, life-skills training, and support in the pursuit of education and employment with job placement assistance, resume-building services, GED help, and referrals to local 12-step meetings.
The IOP involves at least nine hours a week of individual and group therapy, along with the option to stay in an Amethyst sober living facility during treatment.
The least restrictive and final phase of treatment is the general outpatient program, which includes an hour and a half of individual therapy per week, plus referrals to local resources that can help with any medical, mental health, financial, or other problems clients face as they continue their recovery.
Family members are encouraged to participate in treatment, and family therapy sessions are held twice per week.
Experiential and holistic activities include daily yoga and gym sessions, and clients are treated to weekend recreation at the beach, the movies, or the bowling alley.
The treatment team includes two board-certified psychiatrists (one of which is also the facility’s medical director), a registered nurse, a licensed mental health counselor, as well as a registered mental health counselor intern.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Images on Amethyst’s website show the 54-bed facility to be modern and well-appointed with new and simple décor such as laminated flooring and leather couches. Private rooms are available. The 22 reviewers (which consisted of alumni, loved ones, and staff) surveyed about accommodations and meals by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, gave nearly perfect averages of 4.95 and 4.86 out of five stars, respectively.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews for Amethyst Recovery are overwhelmingly positive. The facility received nearly perfect five-star ratings from the nine alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. All wrote heartfelt, gratitude-filled comments about the rehab, praising the facility for its compassionate staff, individualized care, and solid treatment program. “They went above and beyond for their clients,” Brandon wrote in a representative review. “I would recommend Amethyst for anybody with a an addiction problem.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The 11 friends and family members polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also gave Amethyst Recovery Center near-perfect ratings. Numerous parents credited the facility with saving their children’s lives, including Maria who wrote: “I can't say enough for Amethyst & the entire staff who gave my son the support, guidance & tools to help pull him out of his addiction. My son is back!”
Friends and family also stressed that Amethyst offered solid opportunities for family involvement. The three friends and family who were asked to rate the facility’s family participation all awarded it five out of five stars, and Tina noted: “Amethyst is a wonderful and trust worthy facility…They also believe the family should be involved… My son went there and is in recovery.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The six staffers surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing agreed with alumni and loved ones. They gave Amethyst five out of five stars for its counseling options and its staff’s level of experience, while 4.8 stars were given for its holistic offerings and its exercise and leisure activities. “I have worked all over the world and have never experienced such a wonderful staff who are dedicated to the clients,” Denise wrote in a representative review.
The rehab accepts private insurance and offers financing to clients who qualify. Private pay options are also available.
Updated April 2017
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