Treatment Center Setting
Serenity House Detox Philosophy
Serenity House Detox offers a small cozy environment as the first right step towards recovery. We believe a comfortable and supportive environment to start your journey will be the best chance for you to succeed in your recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
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.
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.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Meet the Staff
Ben Carrettin, MA, NCC, LPC, LCDC
Benjamin Carrettin has been working in the mental health field since 1992. He has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, private and grant-funded intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs and full inpatient hospitalization. Benjamin earned his undergraduate from the University of St Thomas and attended Texas Southern University under a full scholarship for his Masters in Clinical Psychology. He is a fully and independently Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), in the State of Texas. Ben is Nationally Board Certified by the NBCC. He is also a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist (CART) and has received intensive professional training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISM). In 2012, Benjamin completed a sixteen week Lay Chaplaincy training program in pastoral care with a specialized focus on addressing traumatic grief with the hospitalized, infirm, terminally ill and their loved ones. Benjamin is an active volunteer with the Texas Society of Addiction Medicine (TSAM); the state chapter of the well-known national organization and has served on several other community boards, service groups and task forces within Harris County, Ft Bend County and the greater Houston area. He has completed advanced training in stress and pain management for medical patients as well as over seventy-two hours of direct training in Positive Recovery (a specialized program blending best practice addiction recovery with neurologically-supported principles of Positive Psychology).
Rita Blake, LCDC, NCACI
Born in Illinois and raised in the Houston area Rita has a variety of hometown values mixed with city life knowledge. After struggling for 19 years with her own personal addiction Rita was able to gain sobriety and went to college to be able to help others. Rita currently holds an Associates in Drug and Alcohol Counseling with current sights set on acquiring a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and 4 1/2 years of experience in the field of addiction. Rita works to meet clients where they are in their recovery. Understanding that everyone's journey is different even in similar ways and individual paces helps connect the client to the goal they are seeking to achieve.
Dr. Eugene A. Degner, Board Certified Addiction Medicine, Board Certified Family Medicine
Dr. Eugene A. Degner was born and grew up in rural Illinois. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from Millikin University with a BS in Biology. He attended Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. During his medical school program, Dr. Degner completed his graduate work in Research Physiology. He was awarded his Medical Degree. Dr. Degner completed his Rotating Internship Program at Jefferson Davis Hospital, Houston, Texas. He continued his interest research while he served as a Captain in the Air Force at the School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. While in the Air Force, Dr. Degner and his colleagues made significant contributions to the Mercury Space Program.Dr Degner began his career in medical practice in family medicine in December of 1964.He developed a large and successful practice and was one of five owners of Rockglen Hospital.Dr. Degner is Board Certified in Family medicine and Addiction Medicine .He was the first M.D. in Houston to become certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Eugene A. Degner, M.D., is not only Board Certified in Family Medicine, but is also certified by The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).Dr. Degner is the medical monitor for the Physician Counseling Committee of the Harris County Medical Society. He performs evaluations for the Texas Board of Medical Examiners and the Texas Pharmacy and Dental Boards. He has been helping addicted patients, their families and, often, their employers since 1983.He is the Medical Director of the Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center. .He has served as the Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Unit at West Oaks Hospital, Inc. and the Regional Medical Director for Parkside Medical Services, Parkside Lodge of Katy and the outpatient programs in Houston. Parkside Medical Services was owned and operated by the Lutheran General Healthcare System Dr. Degner enjoys an excellent reputation for his ethical and humane treatment of people who suffer from the chronic and costly disease of addiction. He is the President and owner of Contemporary Medicine Associates, PLLC. Located in Bellaire, Texas.
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ABOUT SERENITY HOUSE DETOX - HOUSTON
Recently opened in March of 2017, Serenity House Detox of Houston, Texas provides comprehensive, short-term stabilization services and inpatient treatment for adults struggling with chemical dependency. The Houston location is one of three facilities operated by Serenity House, who also offers detoxification facilities in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Fla. Along with medically-supervised detoxification services, Serenity House Detox also provides programming to promote sustained, long-term recovery.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission into the detox facility, clients undergo an initial substance abuse assessment to help clinicians individualize treatment. The facility provides ongoing assessments throughout treatment to continually evaluate the client’s physical and emotional health during the detoxification process.
To ensure clients undergo detoxification as safely and comfortably as possible, the facility utilizes medication-assisted treatment to help alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal and help curb cravings. According to the facility’s website, the average length of treatment is seven days, although the length of treatment is determined by the specific needs of the client.
Along with treating the physical effects of chemical dependency, Serenity House Detox also addresses the emotional and mental issues associated with addiction and early recovery. When stable enough to participate, clients attend individual counseling sessions with a primary therapist to identify any underlying issues that may contribute to addictive behavior, including any mental health difficulties.
In addition, clients are introduced to the principles and practices of 12-Step. Clients may be invited to attend on-site meetings, study fellowship literature, and participate in workshops that guide clients through the initial steps. While individuals are encouraged to learn the tenets of 12-Step, clients are free to explore alternative peer-led support fellowships, such SMART Recovery or the faith-based fellowship, Celebrate Recovery.
In addition to evidence-based programming and MAT, Serenity House also provides chiropractic services. According to its website, realigning the spine promotes healthy neurotransmitter function, which contributes to mood and emotions. Chiropractic services also helps to alleviate the pain that may have led to an opioid addiction. In addition, Serenity House incorporates guided meditation into treatment to introduce clients to new coping techniques and help clients relax during the detoxification process.
Once a client is physically stable, clinicians may provide aftercare planning assistance to help clients locate support and treatment to continue their recovery. Aftercare planning may include linkages and referrals to sober housing, long-term treatment programs, outpatient-based services, and community-based resources.
Serenity House Detox employs a multidisciplinary team of physicians experienced in addiction medicine, nurses, licensed substance abuse counselors, mental health technicians, and a support staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
While specific information is limited concerning the facility’s accommodations and amenities, the facility’s website states that the Serenity House offers a homelike atmosphere that’s “welcoming” and “familiar.” Images sourced from the facility’s website revealed private and double-occupancy bedrooms, well-furnished lounging areas, outdoor patios, and landscaped lawns. An on-site chef prepares nutritious meals daily.
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According to its website, Serenity House Detox accepts most major insurance providers.
Published April 2017
Published on May 2017
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