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Schick Shadel Treatment Options
Holly Williams, Director of Business Development
Let us help you eliminate your cravings so you can move on to a new life of hope and happiness.
Could you have a better life if you or your loved one’s substance use problems were resolved? Come or
send them to Schick Shadel Hospital and we will provide freedom from the need for drugs and alcohol
which lead to many other health afflictions, often with disastrous consequences.
For 80 years, Schick Shadel Hospital’s treatment program has helped over 65,000 men and women lose
the craving for drugs & alcohol. Offered in an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance with
compassionate physicians, nurses and counselors, the program addresses that addiction is both
physiological and psychological. Willpower, counseling and social support alone don’t always work since
genetic predisposition and repeated exposure can also lead to addiction.
The Schick Shadel Program
Many years of research at Schick Shadel Hospital has established that Counter Conditioning (retraining
the memory against the pleasurable aspects of using alcohol) in combination with standardized treatment
produces excellent results. Refined through many decades of treatment experience, the Schick Shadel
method produces an expected abstinence rate (for alcohol) of around 65 percent (after one year.) This
treatment method provides the foundation for our programs for cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana,
prescription opioids, and heroin.
Schick Shadel treats alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, prescription opioids, meth-amphetamine, heroin and IV
use. The program is completed in just 10 days if detox is not required. Medical detox is generally 2-7
days, depending on the substance(s) and use history.
The treatment program uses behavioral modification techniques, individual counseling, education, and
relaxation therapies. The behavior modification techniques are composed of either Chemical Counter
Conditioning (nausea based) or Electrical (faradic) Counter Conditioning. Cognitive behavioral techniques
are applied to assist in the development of the aversion and to correct self-defeating thoughts and
Treatment consists of alternating days of Counter Conditioning (at least 5) under medical supervision and
restorative, conscious sedation / relaxation therapies (4 total). The Conscious Sedation treatments permit
our medical staff to monitor the level of conditioning that is occurring, and identify the underlying
emotional triggers for the addiction.
Counter Conditioning
Schick’s non-12 step program recognizes that addiction is “a compulsive physiological need for a habit
forming substance.” The cornerstone of Schick Shadel Hospital’s counter conditioning model was
developed from Pavlovian conditioning principles, and more recently, is recognized as incorporating taste
aversion conditioning methodology. Our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program provides a
researched, proven successful, medical alternative to many of the other treatment modalities available.
It is both the oldest existing behavioral therapy and the oldest effective medical treatment for alcoholism.
Therefore, the person suffering from alcohol addiction or drug addiction is in need of medical addiction
treatment. Counter conditioning repeatedly pairs the patient’s problem substance, or a realistic placebo,
with nausea, induced by an emetic agent, without intoxication. Our medical treatment is provided in a
therapeutic environment, under close medical supervision of our physicians and nursing staff, assuring
both safety and effectiveness.
Reinforcement at 30 & 90 Days
Patients return at 30 and 90 days post treatment for an inpatient follow-up session. This includes an
overnight hospital stay (included in the original treatment cost) and consists of one counter conditioning
treatment, one minimal sedation interview, group counseling and education.
Reinforcements are strongly encouraged to maximize the program effectiveness. In addition, the hospital
provides two years of continuing care support to our patients.
Participation in the treatment program is voluntary. Patients enter the hospital personally invested in their
recovery and willing to make the personal changes necessary to conquer their addiction(s), as is
evidenced by the low AMA rate of less than 5%.
Schick Shadel Hospital’s comprehensive inpatient program is licensed by the Washington State Division
of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).
Learn about the very substantial benefits of referring your substance-compromised patients to Schick
Shadel Hospital Seattle, Washington.
Benefits of Schick Shadel Hospital’s Treatment Program
Patients are successfully abstinent and not struggling with the craving to use.
Other therapeutic goals can be more easily attained because the patient is no longer controlled
by drug seeking behavior.
Patients are more receptive to other therapeutic changes because they are experiencing success
in their sobriety.
“Give us ten days…we’ll give you a new life.”
*(American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd Edition).