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Serenity House Detox Houston

9714 South Gessner Road, Houston, Texas, 77071
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.

Facility Highlights

  • Individualized treatment plans and medical tapers
  • One on one counseling
  • Cozy and welcoming atmosphere


  • 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 Settings

  • Executive

Meet the Staff

  • Ben Carrettin, MA, NCC, LPC, LCDC
    Ben Carrettin, MA, NCC, LPC, LCDCClinical Director
    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
    Rita Blake, LCDC, NCACIPrimary Clinician
    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.

Financial Details

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Founded in March of 2017, Serenity House Detox in Houston, Texas provides comprehensive, short-term stabilization services and residential treatment for adults seeking treatment for chemical dependency. Serenity House Detox is a part of Texas’ 44.1 percent private, for-profit facilities. The facility is also one of the 41(9.5 percent) treatment facilities in Texas that offer detox services. Serenity House Detox also provides programming to promote sustained, long-term recovery.


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 (MAT) to help alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal and help curb cravings. The average length of inpatient treatment is seven days, although the length of treatment is determined by the specific needs of the client. Serenity Hous is one of the 81 (18.8 percent) short-term inpatient treatment options in Texas.

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 noted it employs a multidisciplinary team of physicians experienced in addiction medicine, nurses, licensed substance abuse counselors, mental health technicians, and a support staff. It is one of the 119 (27.6 percent) facilities in Texas that are accredited by the Joint Commission..

Serenity House offers a homelike atmosphere with 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 Rehabs.com 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. "Serenity House is an amazing environment focused on positive support to encourage long term recovery," one alum wrote.

Alumni who left reviews on secondary sites to date also provided positive feedback for the treatment center. On Google, Serenity House Detox Houston earned an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars from 13 reviews to date.[1] "Better experience than I could've ever imagined," an alum wrote. "They do whatever they can to make sure you're comfortable and the entire staff was very helpful and knowledgeable." Staff are described as “knowledgeable” and “helpful.”

The 11 people who left reviews on the facility's Facebook page, which the facility may manage, all gave five out of five-star reviews.[2] The four individuals who left commentary provided positive feedback concerning the staff and the warm environment. On Yelp, there was one positive and one negative review at the time of this writing.[3] In the negative review, the alum noted trouble with the high fees charged since his insurance didn’t cover the program.


On Indeed, Serenity House Detox earned an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars from nine reviews to date.[4] While current and former employees provided positive feedback about the workplace culture, they had negative feedback about the pay, benefits, and job opportunities. Another reviewer noted that the facility was “short staffed.”


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.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/serenityhousedetoxhouston/reviews/
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/serenity-house-detox-houston
[4] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Serenity-House-Detox/reviews?fcountry=US&floc=Houston%2C+TX

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