Is A Drug Addiction Hospital Right for You?

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Is A Drug Addiction Hospital Right for You?

Karen’s journey to sobriety began on the day that she distinctly chose to stop drinking; to FEEL life; to be okay in a world of highs and lows. The problem was that she just didn’t know how to do it. After many unsuccessful attempts, she finally heard about Schick Shadel Hospital (a drug addiction hospital) and completed the 10-day treatment program. Since then, she has been sober for seven years! At Schick Shadel Hospital, we help people like Karen find a happy ending to their struggle with addiction before it’s too late.

The Tragedy of Today’s Drug Epidemic

The drug epidemic is taking thousands of lives in both the Seattle area and on a national scale. Deaths from drug overdoses have reached unprecedented levels as they have more than tripled in the past two decades.1 In 2017 alone, more than 70,000 Americans died from a drug overdose with 47,600 of them being attributed to opioids.2

The biggest tragedy of it all is that among those overdose deaths, there were countless people who knew they had a problem and wanted to fix it. They simply didn’t know how to handle it. Realizing that you’ve been entrenched in substance addiction and fighting your way out of it is no small task.

The Pitfalls of Self-Help Solutions

The go-to solution for many people is to try to simply detox at home and hope for the best. However, getting through detox from drugs or alcohol is not just a matter of willpower. In some cases, withdrawal can put your life at risk. Even in less serious cases, it’s an enormous challenge to detox and overcome addiction for the long term. For the sake of your health and long-term recovery, it is never recommended to detox without medical help. A drug addiction hospital provides the best chance of recovering by safely guiding you through withdrawal and addiction recovery.3

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is another popular self-help solution to be aware of, but it usually isn’t effective enough to be a stand-alone solution. Attending these group meetings has helped many people find the strength to continue to recover. However, it’s important to recognize that at least 59% of AA members received some form of treatment prior to entering the program. The people who got treatment before attending an AA meeting had a relatively high success rate. However, the recovery statistics are not favorable for those who enter the AA program without first getting treatment at a drug addiction hospital.4

How to Know If a Drug Addiction Hospital Is Right for You

If you or a loved one are experiencing dependency – having to use drugs or alcohol just to feel normal – then it may be best to seek medical help for detox and addiction recovery at a drug addiction hospital. Another telltale sign that you may need extra medical attention for your addiction is if you experience severe withdrawal symptoms when you stop using drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms can include flu-like symptoms, anxiety, seizures, nausea, irregular heart rate, irritability, headaches, and more (depending on the substance) for extended periods of time.5

Attending a medical detox program at a drug addiction hospital is considered the optimal method for managing these withdrawal symptoms.6 Medical detox improves both safety and comfort for patients that are undergoing the painful withdrawal symptoms and potential medical complications which can result from ending substance use. Medications can also be administered to ease the detox process and reduce the strong cravings for the substance.7

Schick Shadel Hospital is an effective drug addiction hospital that provides a medical detox program and a 10-day treatment for addiction. Our 10-day treatment program utilizes an aversion therapy approach that eliminates the cravings for alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, and opioids. These make up the most addictive substances plaguing our country today.8

Aversion therapy is a behavioral treatment intervention based on the principles of classic-conditioning and behavioral psychology.9 It works by repeatedly pairing the unwanted substance with an unpleasant stimulus. This effectively retrains the brain to become averse to the unwanted substance and eliminates the cravings.10 Aversion therapy has proven to be very effective for addiction treatment. Among our patients, 69% of them are still sober 12 months after treatment!11



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11 Elkins, R., Richards, T., Nielsen, R., Repass, R., Stahlbrandt, H., & Hoffman, H. (2017). The Neurobiological Mechanism of Chemical Aversion (Emetic) Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder: An fMRI Study. Frontiers In Behavioral Neuroscience, 11. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00182.

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