Center Category: Rehab Centers
Schick Shadel Hospital was opened in 1935 by Charles Shadel. The facility was started as a counter-conditioning program to treat alcoholics. The hospital expanded on the back of several million dollars which was poured in by Schick Safety Razor Company’s CEO who had got treated here. Even today, the treatment model of Schick Shadel remains the counter-conditioning program.
The treatment model, initially used for alcoholics, is now being used in treating clients having addiction issues with drugs – prescription and illegal. The facility also provides an aversion therapy program. Clients undergo detox, then transition to an inpatient program for ten days, and then visit for two days when they touch 30-day and the 90-day milestone in sobriety.
Schick Shadel offers its clients semi-private or private rooms for an extra fee. Clients have to get their pillows. Each room has a TV. Clients have to wear hospital attire (scrubs and robes) and sandals, flip flops or slippers once they check-in. Clients can work out using the exercise equipment during their free time.
Clients at Schick Shadel can use computers, cell phones, and the hospital’s WiFi. They can also get any magazines or books they like or get anything from the hospital library. Smokers can enjoy a smoke at a smoking deck complete with heaters and a fire pit. Non-smokers can have a walk on the walking path or landscaped gazebo.
Clients are served meals in a big dining room. They can also order any outside food or even a pizza. Clients can take drinks and food back to their rooms.
Unlike AA, Schick Shadel does not stick to the “one day at a time” model. Schick Shadel believes that a person can get out of craving with the help of counter conditioning.
Aversion therapies are a vital component of the treatment model at Schick Shadel. For clients without any medication restrictions, Schick Shadel gives emetic drugs. Those who cannot take medicines, the facility offers shock therapy (Faradic treatment). According to Schick Shadel, these aversion techniques enables a patient to lose cravings and keep them sober for more extended periods. Aversion therapy treatment is provided under medical supervision.
As an inpatient, clients undergo individual and group therapies, where they are educated about addiction and taught relaxation techniques. Medications for dual diagnosis support as well as nutritional counseling is also offered to the clients.
According to Schick Shadel, the most preferred program among the clients is the “rehabilitation interviews” or minimal sedation sessions. Under this session, a client is given a mild sedative by an anesthesiologist and asked several questions about the use of alcohol and drugs by them. While under sedation, clients are taught about “permissive affirmations,” which starts with phrases such as “It’s OK to..” and “I can.” The goal is to reprogram the patient’s mind at the subconscious level.
Although Schick Shadel does not offer a 12-step treatment modality, it encourages clients to attend some self-help groups, be it AA or any other sober support group.
Schick Shadel offers its graduates’ alumni support as well as group celebrations. The facility’s Continuing Care team encourages program graduates to set up private local support groups and to stay in touch with each other.
Approximately $20,000 (10 Days).
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