A message from Schick Shadel physician, Dr. Richard Montgomery

Schick Shadel is the ONLY treatment facility I would recommend.

I was skeptical of the program at Schick Shadel. As a psychiatrist in private practice for 14 years, I had never seen an implementation of aversion therapy. Out of curiosity I came to Seattle to see what the program was all about and to consider becoming a part of the clinical staff.

What I found on that first orientation weekend at Schick Shadel changed the priorities in my clinical practice. Unlike any other substance dependence treatment program I had ever been involved with, the patients at Schick Shadel were energetic and enthused about what they were doing. Patients who had struggled with alcohol and other substances for decades were hopeful for the first time – and radiated a sense of accomplishment and confidence that I had not seen before.

I made the decision to make Schick Shadel the centerpiece of my practice and I have been working here at the hospital for the past year. I count this as one of the best decisions I have ever made. The satisfaction I see with the work we do here is almost immediate. Patients have an undeniable benefit from our treatments from the very beginning, and seeing the transformation in their outlook and self-esteem in the course of ten days is unequaled by any other clinical work I have been a part of.

Often when working with psychiatric patients to make collaborative treatment decisions, there is anxiety and uncertainty about committing to recommended treatments. Concern for side effects, expense, and efficacy weigh in the balance for any informed patient needing a plan to get well. What can tip the balance for a patient in their decision making is my assurance to them, that if I had a child, parent, or partner who needed said therapy, I would wholeheartedly endorse this treatment. This is how I feel about the program at Schick Shadel. If anyone close to me needed help dealing with substance dependence, Schick Shadel is the ONLY treatment facility I would recommend. It’s that effective. The staff is that committed. The outcomes at one year are that good.

As a physician, the greatest reward is restoring function and hope to those who suffer with illness. I have never worked anywhere that has allowed to me see such treatment success and changed lives as I do at Schick Shadel Hospital.

Richard Montgomery, M.D.