Aversion Therapy

Addiction Treatment – How It Works

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Schick Shadel Hospital is an addiction treatment center located in Seattle, Washington. Schick Shadel’s addiction treatment consists of counter conditioning and aversion therapy in order to stop the substance cravings. In a recent study conducted by University of Washington and Schick Shadel Hospital, sixty-nine percent of patients reported that they remained sober twelve months after they completed their addiction treatment at Schick Shadel Hospital. So how does Schick Shadel’s addiction treatment work?

Aversion therapy is a form of counter conditioning and it works to counteract the deceptive feelings of well-being that the high of a substance or alcohol can create. Environmental stimuli, such as taste, smell, sight, and setting, cause the brain to associate pleasurable feelings with the use of drugs or alcohol. This is the root of the cravings. Aversion therapy targets these stimuli and produces negative responses to the substances. After the addiction treatment, when the individual is introduced to alcohol or drugs the body will produce an unpleasant feeling such as nausea. This eliminates the cravings for the substances.

The Cherry Analogy:

Many people have probably experienced counter conditioning in their lives. For example, suppose you love cherries. One day, you make yourself violently sick from eating too many cherries. As a result, from that moment on, the thought of cherries would make you nauseous because you would associate them with that experience. This is essentially how aversion therapy works.

No one should have to face down their addiction alone, and with our team of professionals at Schick Shadel Hospital they are here to assist you in your journey to recovery. Over the past 80 years, our addiction treatment center has helped 80,000 patients regain control of their lives. Give us a call at (800) 272-8464, or fill out our online form to send us a confidential message.

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