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