Anchorage Mayor Wants to Send Alcoholics On the Street to Seattle 'Aversion Therapy'
Posted By Schick Shadel || Apr 22, 2015
The mayor of Anchorage, Dan Sullivan, is encouraging the city to send a number of severe alcoholics to Schick Shadel in Seattle for treatment. The 10-day method has helped more than 65,000 individuals struggling with addiction over the past 80+ years.
Sullivan claims he was first introduced to Schick Shadel while reading an Alaska Airlines Magazine and the success rate of the program left him impressed. He believed that it was time for a new method to help individuals who may have the issue of chronic alcohol addiction. Most of these individuals cycle through various services and programs. This results in millions of dollars spent by the city with very little success to show for it.
Schick Shadel representatives met with city officials in Alaska to discuss the benefits of the counter conditioning program offered at the alcohol rehab center. Sullivan had the following to say about the program,
We're spending an inordinate amount of money on folks we're trying to help and treat. This is different than the 12-step programs we usually see and, quite frankly, we’re willing to try something new.
Alaska’s Department of Health & Human Services is still working out the details of the program and the initial plan will be proposed in the coming weeks. The current proposal, Sullivan claims, will send between eight and 10 residents of Karluk Manor to Seattle for the program. The mayor also discussed the residents also moving back into Karluk Manor into a designated “non-drinking” section.
Sullivan believes that if the participants in Schick Shadel’s pilot program can be helped to obtain and maintain sobriety, it would help the city of Anchorage and the budget.
Schick Shadel was founded in 1935 with the idea of helping individuals addicted to both drugs and alcohol find the perfect treatment to reach sobriety and keep it. The counter conditioning treatment method helps to target the root of the addiction over the course of 10 days. Countless former patients credit the counter conditioning treatment for helping them overcome their addiction to alcohol. Schick Shadel also offers patients alcohol and drug detox programs.
Mayor Sullivan has high hopes of providing these alcohol addicts counter conditioning, saying,
We'll know in the next few weeks whether the Assembly is willing to fund a pilot program. If you consider what we’re paying to pick up people constantly on streets if they are passed out, and the cost of maintaining various programs, it actually might be a pretty efficient way of getting people out of their addiction and into a new lifestyle.
Finding some form of addiction therapy is important for all those who suffer from alcoholism. At Schick Shadel, we take the necessary time to understand a person’s situation and help them in the most effective manner possible. We are confident in our abilities and look forward to providing addicts with a new lease on life. We are proud of our history of success with helping addicts get sober for good.
If you or someone you love need addiction treatment, we encourage you to call our team and consider our counter conditioning treatment option. We are dedicated to making sure our patients feel comfortable and at home in our drug and alcohol treatment center, all while helping them reach success in sobriety. You don’t have to struggle with addiction. At Schick Shadel, recovery is possible. Give us 10 days and we’ll give you back your life.