Schick Shadel Hospital Philosophy
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Areas of Specialization
Methamphetamine Treatment, Marijuana Treatment
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ABOUT SCHICK SHADEL HOSPITAL
Located just 15 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Schick Shadel Hospital uses a non 12-step treatment approach to drug and alcohol addiction. Incorporating powerful behavior modification techniques with aversion therapy, individual counseling, minimal sedation, and relaxation therapies, the facility treats adult men and women in an inpatient setting. Medically monitored detox services are also available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
At the core of the center’s programming is the belief that addiction is a disease. “Individuals who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction need medical treatment, not a new mindset,” its website reads. Accordingly, the facility employs medical counter conditioning, or aversion therapy, which is divided into two categories: Emetic, or chemical intervention, which is generally used for alcohol counter conditioning; or Faradic, which is administered for patients when chemical counterconditioning is not advised.
Both approaches expose patients to the addictive substance, while also subjecting them to increasing discomfort. The assumption (and goal) is that patients will then associate the addictive substance with unpleasant physical reactions. This medically based aversion therapy takes 10 days (one of the facility’s oft-used mottos is “Give us ten days…we’ll give you back your life”).
Clients return after 30 and 90 days for follow-up sessions, which consist of overnight hospital stays (cost included in the initial treatment), counterconditioning treatment, interviewing under minimal sedation, group counseling, and education. The hospital also offers two years of aftercare support.
Treatment at Schick Shadel is delivered by board-certified physicians, as well as certified addiction counselors, therapists, a registered dietician, and a team of nurses.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients are pampered with a number of perks during their short stay. Both private and semi-private rooms are available, and each is equipped with a TV, DVD player, phone, and Wi-Fi. Personal cell phones and laptops are also permitted.
Three meals are provided each day, but clients have the option to order pizza or take-out on their own expense. Other amenities include a cozy lounge with movies and games, a library, an on-site gym, and a 24-hour snack bar. Smoking is permitted on a designated deck with a fire pit and heaters.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been five alumni polled by Rehabs.com. The alumni gave the facility an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars for staff experience and training; for the fairness of the connectivity and visitor policies; for the ability of family/loved ones to participate in treatment through facility programming; and for the cleanliness of the facility. The alumni gave the lowest average rating of 2.4 out of five stars rating for high quality holistic offerings and 2.6 out of five stars for the affordability of the facility’s treatment program.
When asked about the facility’s strengths, one alum wrote “Caring staff, great lectures” and another wrote that the facility “targets specific addictions.” When asked about weaknesses an alum wrote, “Worked well, but is not affordable for everyone” while another alum simply wrote “Doesn't work.” When asked for commentary, an alum wrote, “Treatment is effective almost 4 years sober but it is very expensive”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing there has been 19 friend or family members of a client polled by Rehabs.com. The highest average rating for the facility, provided by friends and family members, was four out of five stars for the facility’s cleanliness. The loved ones all gave the facility a 3.6 out of five stars rating for leisure, exercise, and extracurricular options; for the fairness of the facility’s connectivity and visitor policies; and for the counseling options offered by the facility for clients to choose from based on their preferences. The lowest average rating given by the friends and family members for the facility was 3.1 out of five stars when asked if the facility had high quality holistic offerings.
When asked about the facility’s strengths, one loved one wrote “nice caring staff” while another loved one commented, “Short effective program.” When asked about weaknesses one family wrote, “Need more family involvement and follow-up.” and another added, “Counselors do not have enough experience treatment was short not enough information on specific addictions…” When asked for additional commentary, a sibling of a client wrote “Changed my brothers life around. Highly recommend” while another loved one wrote, “The cost is slighltly expensive but it is well worth it to get the type of help that they offer.”
Schick Shadel accepts most insurance plans, and also offers financial assistance by way of loans and flexible monthly payments through American Healthcare Lending. Clients and their families can also pay for treatment online, via the facility’s website.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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