Schick Shadel Hospital

Schick Shadel Hospital

ABOUT SCHICK SHADEL HOSPITAL

Located 15 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Schick Shadel Hospital uses a non 12-Step approach for drug and alcohol addiction. Incorporating 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 is available on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

At the core of Schick Shadel’s programming is the belief that addiction is a disease and that, as its website states: “Individuals who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction need medical treatment, not a new mindset.” Accordingly, the facility employs evidence-based medical counter conditioning, or aversion therapy, which is divided into two categories: Emetic, or chemical intervention, generally used for alcohol counter conditioning; and Faradic, administered when chemical counter conditioning 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 associate the addictive substance with unpleasant physical reactions. This medically-based aversion therapy takes 10 days.

Clients return after 30 and 90 days for two-day reinforcement sessions, which consist of overnight hospital stays (included in initial cost), counter conditioning treatment, interviewing under minimal sedation, group counseling, and education. The hospital also offers two years of aftercare support.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Treatment at Schick Shadel is delivered by board-certified physicians, as well as certified addiction counselors, therapists, a registered dietitian, and a team of nurses.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Shick Shadel has both private and semi-private rooms, all equipped with a TV, DVD player, phone, and Wi-Fi. Personal cell phones and laptops are permitted. The facility provides three meals daily, but clients may order take-out at their own expense. Amenities include a lounge with movies and games, library, on-site gym, and 24-hour snack bar. Smoking is permitted on a designated deck.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Five alumni polled to date by Best-rehabs.com regarding Schick Shadel provided moderate to mixed feedback. Most offered ratings of three and four out of five stars for treatment effectiveness as well as accommodations and amenities, and slightly higher for meals and nutrition. They awarded the facility an average of 3.8 out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience, fairness of connectivity and visitor policies, family participation, and cleanliness. They gave the lowest average ratings of 2.4 out of five stars for holistic offerings and 2.6 for affordability.

When asked about the facility’s strengths, an alum cited “Caring staff, great lectures” and another commented it “targets specific addictions.” As for weaknesses, one alum wrote “Worked well, but is not affordable for everyone” while another simply stated “Doesn’t work.” An alum wanted Best-rehabs.com to know “Treatment is effective almost 4 years sober but it is very expensive.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

At the time of this writing, 19 loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com offered mostly positive feedback. The highest average rating for the facility was four out of five stars for the facility’s cleanliness. The loved ones gave an average of 3.6 out of five stars for leisure and exercise opportunities, fairness of connectivity and visitor policies, and counseling options. The lowest average rating was 3.1 out of five stars for holistic offerings.

When asked about the facility’s strengths, a loved one wrote “nice caring staff” while another commented “Short effective program.” A sibling of a client wanted Best-rehabs.com to know that the program “Changed my brothers life around. Highly recommend” while another wrote “The cost is slighltly expensive but it is well worth it to get the type of help that they offer.” In glowing commentary, the wife of a former client told Best-rehabs.com “I believe that we owe our happiness to schick center. Thanks for giving us back our lives.”

As for weaknesses, one family wrote “Need more family involvement and follow-up” and another mentioned “Counselors do not have enough experience treatment was short not enough information on specific addictions…”

FINANCING

Schick Shadel accepts most insurance plans. It also offers financial assistance via loans and flexible monthly payments through American Healthcare Lending.

Reviews about Schick Shadel Hospital

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • I was on staff for 6 years and always had favorable interactions with both staff and clients. Staff were experienced and knowledgeable, it was an aversion therapy treatment program and clients were taught how to reinforce their treatment if ever feeling like they were in need of support. Lack of other holistic practices.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • location was great. Weaknesses included: digging deeper into why, expense drained an already impaired family by the drinker...son been 3 times and still no success, getting divorced, been fired, basically on the streets today Everyone has to pull for your loved ones success, mostly them, but family and staff as well
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Paid $18,000 cash and then they requested $1000 more 4 months after leaving for only 10 day treatment. Medical Detox a joke, lay in bed for 3 days miserable. Not effective, drank after 10 months sober. Not clean accommodations,place is very ran down. Food and chefs were good, but any other amenities like 'gym' walking areas' inadequate. Would not recommend, do a longer stay somewhere else for less money. They just want bodies in beds is feeling I got. They actually have a sales girl to sell you facility. NOT good treatment center.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • It has been 16 years since my husband entered yiur hospital for alcohol problems. We were close to ending a 40 year marriage. He had tried another program with no success. He said last night to me "when I finished my treatment I can honestly say I have never had the urge to drink." It took time for me to trust him but he has not had any alcohol since then. These 16 years have been among the happiest of my life. We have traveled,enjoyed grandchildren and are financially successful. I believe that we owe our happiness to schick center. Thanks for giving us back our lives
    I was at the end of my rope, my demon was alcohol... I was desperate! It was either Schick Shadel or suicide. For me what they said about fixing my problem was exactly what happened, I was cured!! Now it's not like I'm white knuckling it, saying I've got twenty days sober. It's like Ive never had a drink, don't have problem, and I never even think about it except when I tell others about this wonderful place!!
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • It's an effective treatment. Cost way too much. Treatment is effective almost 4 years sober but it is very expensive
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Provides a lot of group and one on way in order for you to succeed. The cost is slighltly expensive but it is well worth it to get the type of help that they offer
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Great staff, clean facility. Location was an issue. The traffic/driven into Seattle is horrid. Changed my brothers life around. Highly recommend.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • It seemed well run and to have a good program but I have nothing to compare it to. My brother went through treatment so I don't know much about it.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Support and caring were strengths but Food is not the best. They did a great job at helping and talking with people and helping overcome addictions
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Well trained staff. Wish it looked less like a hospital. The counsellors and staff allowed for an open and honest environment. It was a comfortable place to share and come to terms with addiction.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Counseling was a strength. Relapse tendencies were a weakness. My relative recovered and is a nuisance to everyone now
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Counselors and staff were well qualified and facility had a lot of amenities. The experience was great but she was just not ready to give up addiction.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Staff was very qualified and helpful. Also had great amenities.Facility was not successful in treating my aunts addiction. I believe this is a good facility, my aunt was not ready to give up her addiction.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • There courtesy cleanly Ness and willingness to help you. Counselors do not have enough experience treatment was short not enough information on specific addictions that. The experience was OK staff was OK treatment was different and it first time walked out of treatment feeling on top of the world and then I could conquer the addiction later to find out that was not the truth they had no follow-ups
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • The treatment was a strength but it was costly.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Seems like it has worked with good follow up. My cousin just finished treatment and has failed three other treatment facilities. This time seems different and she is doing weel
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Targets specific addictions but Costly. Worked well, but is not affordable for everyone
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Friendly staff, needs more attention to detail. A place that really works
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Kind Staff, It helped a lot with my relatives addiction problem and getting them on the right track.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • My wife went twice. We spent $36000. First time, she stayed sober for over a year. She relapsed. Second time she wasn't sober for a month! She just went through the motions. Told yhem what they wanted to hear. They did NOT address her psychological issues at all! She came home sober but still the same demons that sent her there. They need MUCH more physiological therapy! I get it that she did not work the program, but I feel for $18000 they should be professionals and recognize and maybe advise the spouce that she hadn't been involved. I waded actin of money that we cannot afford.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • My state of mind going in was... There was nothing more important to me than sobriety. Most people were in the same boat, they were motivated and single minded in their reason to be at SSH. I found success was easy for me after the program, but then again I didn't have a lot off issues waiting back home. If you have issues be ready to deal with them, SSH gives you an opportunity to deal with them while being sober. SSH provides suggestions for follow up counciling if you or your family needs it, don't ignore it start that process immediately. I tried to stop drinking before, and every time I tried it only got worse. In 10 days I had no cravings for alcohol for the first time in 15 years. The aversion therapy works, but you've got to want it, or you will waste your money because you walk right back to the bottle. "Don't take that 1st drink"
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • The greatest people are the nursing staff/treatment staff. They have to deal with a lot a furious pace. The head guy is very pompous. Walks around head held high, very prudish and almost scoffing. Price is absurd for 1970 remodeled building. Fellow patients were cool and of variety. I bought into it, cried and shared everything's. Counselors made good points, but don't know how many lines mine. I've been twice. One of the staff members is cool, but says exact same thing every time. I remarried as well as the two buddies I kept contact with within 3 weeks. Aversion therapy is real, but seriously they can't legitimately claim their absurd success rate ( although the admin will do there best to tell you how cool they are). Admin needs some humble pie.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • This place wAs far better then most out. There. The. Food was great..you can you can have the chef cook something for you. There's always fresh fruit & love the coffee/soda bar. You share a room with a bathroom. They do have private rooms. SS is very clean. There is a cleaning lady that comes everyday to make your bed @ clean your room. The program has a high success rate, even though the techniques seem strange. There are female & male but you can't talk to each other for to long bcause you will get written up & kicked out if you get written up more then once. Could you some activitys other then 2 groups per day & if you have counseling, that's another session.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • 5 years sober. There is no better way than this to break free from adiction
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • There is a basic reason why Schick Shadel only has one facility in the country left (in the eighties they were n to only in WA, but also in CA, TX and FL - No Longer) - essentially, because their program is completely ineffective. It tends to attract primarily over-middle-aged men - over 55 or so - who tend to be extremely naive r.e. attaining sobriety - sobriety is 'no so simple' - and once you leave the facility, the counselors will *never* return phone calls r.e. getting further psychotherapy/psychiatry referrals - This is a horrible institution - not recommended - from experience.
    Have had multiple experiences with Schick Shadel and many other rehabs, unfortunately. They do have a separate detox unit from their 10-day notorious program. I did the full program several years ago, and the program is still the same essentially. It simply did not work for me - although I have seen it work for other people. Honestly I have had to attend subsequent traditional 28-day programs, sober living for over a year, etc. after Schick - Shcick simply did not work for me. I do believe in the overall concept, and anyone who has the desire to get sober will do so- here, or a fancy program, church, AA - wherever. That's the bottom line - do what works for you. I find personally that continued social support is the key factor in getting sober - Schick does not offer this - you are on your own after treatment.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • It was short term. I have been to 4 treatment centers and I don't believe any of them works, including this one!
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • It is well known; however, it was $10,000 and did not work.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • They have a nice, caring staff. However, they have an unpleasant treatment program. I have no personal experience. All I KNOW IS WHAT SOMEONE TOLD ME.
    2 years today since I had a drink. This place has the best program.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Treatment worked so far. Needs more after release counseling. This is for drastic rehab. It is difficult but so far it has worked.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Short and efficient program. Not sure of the outcome yet.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Caring staff and great lectures. I had a great experience overall. However, they had poor follow-up communication after leaving the facility.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Had a hard time finding what made my husband tick, therefore was not successful. It just didn't fit our situation.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • My cousin went to treatment here, and he's been drug free since.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Overall, pleased but would like to see more sessions to involve family and how things should change once the person comes home and resumes normal life. It was an effective treatment.
    • Accommodations & Amenities
    • Meals & Nutrition
    They rate their effectiveness on follow up calls to the patient. Asking the patient if they relapsed. What do you think most people say? Just went through the motions and repeated lectures. It was an ineffectual program.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • This was my fourth rehab. I've now been sober for almost 4 years. Love Schick Shadel!
    • Accommodations & Amenities
    • Meals & Nutrition
    Not a 12 step program, education and counseling is excellent, aversion therapy. It worked.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • By far the best place to go when you want to quit ruining your life. I was treated for heroin and meth and weed and now have my life back. I'm free from any craving of heroin and my kids couldn't be any happier. They teach you how to love yourself and deal with your problems without drugs and alcohol while making the cravings go away! Love everyone there and they all really care about you getting your life back!
    I spent two weeks in SSH. Before getting there I had to drink or I would have died. I wanted to stop drinking, but I was too physically dependent on it to quit. I was drinking a half gallon of whisky a day, and had been for about 3 years straight. I arrived at the hospital at a .24 blood alcohol level. The admin person could not tell I was even drunk, until I blew in that machine. The treatment worked for me! I did not need all the councling and explained that to them. My life was great other than my body needing alcohol. I needed a way to stop drinking with out dying! Once the treatment got me detoxed for the first time in 20 years (probably), I knew that my body did not have to have alcohol any more. Well my life is still great and I thank Schick Shadel for saving it! Still sober for almost a year and a half and just do not want to drink! Thanks for not letting alcohol kill me!
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • My fiancé went here for a meth addiction and left with a meth addiction. Except, now he was sickened at the thought of smoking it.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • After trying to quit on my own for 6 years I spent 10 days plus the follow ups here and havent had even an urge to drink since. Its been 1 year and 2 months but the demon has finally been shut up. Thank God for SSH
    2 years after going to Schick Shadel Hospital I am still sober and smell of booze makes me physical ill. Now here is the deal, the program works and I am greatful, but don't expect any support after your done with the program. I have called several counslers at Shick Shadel Hospital to check in and they will never call you back. Seems like once they have been paid they no longer are interested in your recovery or how you are doing. Very sad, very sad.
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • My husband has done the 12 step program twice. Each time, he came back angry and mean. He relapsed both times. When he went to Schick Shadel, he came home happy, full of life and nice to be around. He adapted to life without alcohol smoothly and quickly. It was such a completely different experience and was worth it 200%. I have my husband back! He is going on 8 years soon!
    ,