VA Medical Center/Michael E DeBakey Substance Dependence Treatment Program


2002 Holcombe Boulevard Mental Healthcare Line
Houston, TX 77030





Clinic Description

VA Medical Center/Michael E DeBakey Substance Dependence Treatment Program is an alcohol, drug, opioid, and tobacco rehab in Houston, Texas, that specializes in opioid recovery. The center offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT), inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and aftercare services for veterans and their families. Specialized services are available to the LGBTQ+ community, homeless/indigent persons, and underserved communities.

At Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, clients undergo a personalized evaluation and receive a custom treatment program. FDA-approved prescriptions, including methadone, buprenorphine/naloxone, and naltrexone injection, are used to reduce chronic pain and ease withdrawal symptoms. Additional medications can include acamprosate, disulfiram, topiramate, nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion, and varenicline for alcohol and tobacco use disorders. Clients are monitored 24/7 and receive education for their rehabilitation. Transportation is available, and parking is free.

In addition to medication-assisted treatment, clients also participate in group and individual counseling, arts and holistic treatment, outdoor and recreational activities, and family therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and motivational enhancement therapy (MET) are also provided. Social workers, chaplains, and hotlines are also available to help prevent relapse. Long-distance clients may be eligible for free lodging at the Fisher House. Clients may be referred to other VA hospitals and outside treatment centers for specialized substance abuse programs.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center offers self-pay and financing options. The center may be in-network with insurance providers, including Aetna, Beacon, BlueCross/BlueShield, ChampVA, Cigna, Humana, Magellan Health, Optum, TRICARE, and Wellpoint. Please check with your insurance provider for specific details concerning out of network benefits.

Treatment Programs

  • Adult (18+)
  • Men
  • Women
  • LGBTQ Friendly
  • Military Rehab
  • Drug Rehab
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Opioid Rehab
  • Alcohol Rehab

Levels of Care

  • Outpatient Rehab
  • Aftercare Support
  • Inpatient Rehab
  • Detox Treatment
  • Intervention Services
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)


  • CARF
  • Joint Commission


  • Self-pay options
  • Private insurance
  • Medicaid
  • Military insurance

Medications Offered

  • Methadone


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