The Schick Shadel Difference

Counter Conditioning vs. “Counseling-Only" Treatment Programs

The major difference between Schick Shadel and counseling-only programs is this: Schick Shadel’s medical counter conditioning helps patients lose the cravings for alcohol and/or drugs. With this therapy, the “one day at a time” struggle with addiction is usually eliminated.

Counter conditioning uses rehabilitation interviewing, which is a form of light sedation therapy. Combining the rehabilitation interviewing with counseling and education helps our patients achieve comfortable sobriety.

Traditional addiction treatment targets the thinking/reasoning (cognitive) part of the brain (cerebral cortex). If a person could reason their way into recovery, all that would be needed is detoxification so one could think reasonably again. This may work for some, but, unfortunately, it does not stop the physiological cravings that cause most addicts to relapse repeatedly.

Schick Shadel’s therapy programs further include education on the disease of addiction, individual and group counseling, personalized addiction recovery plans, family member involvement with introduction to self-help, and mutual support groups just like traditional counseling programs.

Scientifically-Developed Approach Helps Mitigate the Pain of Withdrawal

The unique benefits of our program include:

  • Evaluating medical concerns that may affect the detox process
  • Providing medication to alleviate symptoms
  • Attending to nutritional repair
  • Assessing continuing need following detox

*#1 success rate for treating alcoholism based on results of a verified survey of former patients (success being measured as total abstinence for one year and assessed by self-evaluation), as against published success rates from verified, comparable studies of other medical institutions.