Discharge Planning for Recovery Success

Build a New Life Without Substance Abuse

Each alcohol and drug treatment plan contains steps to encourage recovery after discharge. Counseling for discharge planning helps our patients avoid the “slippery slope” of potential relapse. Counter conditioning treatment relieves the patient of substance cravings, replacing the craving with a neutral, absent, or repulsive response to usual drug or alcohol cues.

Relief from these cravings permits patients an extended period in which to apply other sober support tools and information to recover and prevent relapse. Our patients learn to focus on true friends, to use people for support when experiencing negative feelings, and to avoid individuals, places, and activities that were strongly associated with their substance abuse.

Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Serving Washington, California, Alaska, & Oregon

Schick Shadel provides follow-up care after discharge from treatment. For two years, our caring staff contacts patients regularly to encourage them in their newfound sobriety. After hospital treatment, patients can contact patient sources for any needed resource.

Involvement with support groups is encouraged, including hospital-based, hospital-associated, and community-based groups. Long-term participation in treatment reduces the likelihood of relapse.

Following the 10-day inpatient counter conditioning, patients will return for two reinforcement sessions: one at 30 days and one at 90 days. This is part of the original treatment package and includes one of each treatment (counter conditioning and sedation interview), lectures, counseling and an overnight in the hospital. Reinforcement is an important part of maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle.

A Treatment Program Developed Through Decades of Science and Experience

  • A medical hospital with MDs, registered nurses, and a compassionate staff
  • 12-Step Program to stop cravings
  • A treatment program that treats addiction as a medical condition
  • A #1 success rate for treating alcoholism*
  • An effective 10-day inpatient alcohol rehabilitation program

*#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.