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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Meet the Staff
Chief Executive 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 8 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!
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ABOUT AMETHYST RECOVERY CENTER
Located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Amethyst Recovery Center is a residential treatment facility offering adult men and women a full spectrum of care for the treatment of substance misuse and co-occurring disorders. In addition to their residential program, the facility offers general outpatient programs and is one of 315 (44 percent) of Florida treatment facilities to offer intensive outpatient (IOP).
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Amethyst Recovery Center offers a broad range of treatment options, including both traditional and holistic programs. According to their website, treatment typically starts with 24-hour-monitored detox then transitions to residential care, followed by day/night treatment, and finishes with IOP. The facility also employs medical detox treatment which relies on Subutex (buprenorphine), a treatment used by only 3.1 percent of facilities in Florida. Additionally, Amethyst Recovery Center also offers Vivitrol to supplement the use of Subutex.
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 IOP phase involves at least nine hours per week of individual and group therapy, along with the option to stay in an Amethyst sober living facility during treatment. The facility also offers a 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.
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.
Amethyst Recovery Center is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and is one of 192 treatment centers (26.8 percent) in Florida to be accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO). The facility also holds the Gold Seal accreditation.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Amethyst Recovery Center is a modern 54-bed facility with new and simple décor such as laminated flooring and leather couches. All rooms are semi-private.
The facility is located minutes from the ocean in Port St. Lucie. Clients are treated to weekend recreational activities at the beach, the movies, or the bowling alley.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Amethyst Recovery Center received overwhelmingly positive reviews from the 21 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. The facility earned nearly perfect five-star ratings across most metrics reviewed by alumni.
Holistic offerings: 4.9/5 Stars
Staff experience and training: 5/5 Stars
Would recommend: 5/5 Stars
“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.”
Feedback on secondary review sites was mostly positive. On Google, 68 reviewers gave an average of 4.9 out of five star rating to the facility. Reviews from 17 alumni on Yelp were split, with 10 individuals leaving five-star ratings and six offering one-star ratings. Negative reviews focused on problems with communication and staff members. 
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The 13 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also gave Amethyst Recovery Center near-perfect ratings. Numerous loved ones 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!”
Would recommend: 5/5 Stars
Loved ones 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. However, loved ones left mixed reviews on Yelp, with some noting poor communication with staff. 
WHAT STAFF SAY
The six staffers surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing agreed with the positive assessment from alumni and loved ones. “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.
Counseling Options: 5/5 Stars
Connectivity: 4.6/5 Stars
Cleanliness: 5/5 Stars
Amethyst Recovery Center accepts private insurance and offers financing to clients who qualify. Private pay options are also available.
Published on December 2018
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