Serenity House Detox in Houston, TX

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(5 of 5)
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9714 South Gessner Road
Houston TX 77071

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

  • Medical Detoxification
    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.

  • Holistic Therapy
    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.

Facility Highlights

Individualized treatment plans and medical tapers

One on one counseling

Cozy and welcoming atmosphere

Meet the Staff

Ben Carrettin, MA, NCC, LPC, LCDC

Clinical Director

Photo of 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

Primary Clinician

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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. 360 Guide

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Founded 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. Serenity House Detox is a private for-profit facility, which make up about 44 percent of Texas treatment facilities; it is one of the 36 (8.4 percent) of treatment facilities in Texas that offers detoxification.

Along with medically-supervised detoxification services, Serenity House Detox also provides programming to promote sustained, long-term recovery.

The Houston location is one of three facilities operated by Serenity House, which also offers detoxification facilities in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Fla.


According to Serenity House Detox's website, at the start of treatment clients undergo an initial substance abuse assessment, which is used to determine an individualized treatment plan.
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 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. While individuals are encouraged to learn the tenets of 12-Step, clients are free to explore alternative peer-led support fellowships, such as SMART Recovery or the faith-based fellowship, Celebrate Recovery.

Serenity House also provides chiropractic services and meditation therapy. According to its website, realigning the spine promotes healthy neurotransmitter function, which contributes to mood and emotions.

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's website notes it employs a multidisciplinary team of physicians experienced in addiction medicine, nurses, licensed substance abuse counselors, mental health technicians, and a support staff.


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.


The two alumni surveyed by at the time of this writing provided positive opinions of Serenity House Detox, and gave five out of five star ratings for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, as well as meals and nutrition.

People who left reviews on secondary sites to date also provided positive feedback for the treatment center. All eight individuals who left Google Reviews for Serenity House Detox at the time of this writing provided five out of five stars, and three reviewers provided positive commentary. "Better experience than I could've ever imagined," an alum wrote in a representative review. "They do whatever they can to make sure you're comfortable and the entire staff was very helpful and knowledgeable."[1]

The 11 people who left reviews on the facility's Facebook page, which they have the ability to manage, gave perfect five out of five star reviews. The four individuals who left commentary praised the staff and wrote about a warm environment.[2]


According to its website, Serenity House Detox accepts most major insurance providers, making it one of the 271 (62.9 percent) of all Texas treatment facilities to accept private insurance.


Published on January 2018

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Thank you for the way each and every member of your team treated me. My experience at SH Houston was just what I needed.

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Serenity House is an amazing environment focused on positive support to encourage long term recovery.

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