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Schick Shadel Hospital

12101 Ambaum Blvd SW, Seattle, Washington, 98146
The Schick Shadel Hospital provides substance abuse treatment for men and women. Schick Shadel’s approach is not 12-Step based, but relies instead on controversial aversion therapy or counter conditioning. The ten-day program is designed to create strong feelings of physical discomfort and repulsion associated with the addictive substance.

Facility Highlights

  • Continuing Care
  • Counter Conditioning Treatment
  • Effective Alternative Approaches


  • Alcohol Detox

    Schick Shadel’s treatment program provides patients with a safe, comfortable transition through the addiction withdrawal period. Physicians certified in addiction medicine direct the detox team, and experienced, registered nurses provide compassionate and supportive care for patients.
  • Drug Detox

    Schick Shadel’s treatment program provides patients with a safe, comfortable transition through the addiction withdrawal period. Physicians certified in addiction medicine direct the detox team, and experienced, registered nurses provide compassionate and supportive care for patients.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Elaine Oksendahl
    Elaine OksendahlDirector of HR/RM/PI
    Elaine joined Schick Shadel Hospital as administrative assistant to the CEO and chief of staff. During her tenure, she has held several positions including performance improvement coordinator, JCAHO/DOL survey coordinator, privacy officer/compliance officer and associate administrator.
  • Paula Fisher
    Paula FisherDirector of Counseling
    Paula earned an undergraduate degree, a counseling certificate and a master’s of business administration from the University of Washington. A graduate of the Schick Shadel Hospital program, Paula joined the team as a counselor and has more than twenty years of clinical experience in the field of substance abuse.

Financial Details

  • Some Financing Available

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Located 15 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Schick Shadel Hospital specializes in short-term inpatient detox, one of only 11 (2.8 percent of 396) facilities in Washington state to provide this service. Treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorders also involves aversion therapy. This non-12-step approach is tailored for individual addictions to alcohol or drugs, including opioids and marijuana.


Schick Shadel Hospital disease-approach to addiction begins with a physical exam, followed by three to seven days of detox if necessary, and then a 14-day aversion therapy program. Support for stabilizing co-occurring mental health conditions is also available, according to the facility’s website.

The core treatment modality combines medically-supervised exposure to the addictive substance with increasing discomfort, guiding the patient to associate the substance with unpleasant physical reactions. Patients undergo hypnosis and sedation and participate in individual counseling, educational sessions, and group-based skill-building exercises. After 30 and 90 days, reinforcement periods of two days apiece are included in the program. Related support groups are available throughout the Northwest region. Family counseling sessions are provided on request.


Treatment at Schick Shadel Hospital is delivered by board-certified psychiatrists and an addictionologist, a nurse anesthetist, a registered dietitian, and staff certified through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). The facility is also among the 29 percent of rehabs nationwide to hold a CARF accreditation.


Schick Shadel Hospital accommodates 60 patients in private and semi-private rooms. The facility is set on wooded grounds with walking trails and extensive outdoor seating. Patients have access to an on-site gym as well as a 24-hour snack bar and three daily meals. Clients may also order take-out at their own expense. Personal cell phones and laptops are permitted, as well as smoking on a designated deck. To date, the 23 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com felt the facility was well-maintained.

Cleanliness: 4.1/5


All but two of 15 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date would recommend Schick Shadel Hospital to others. The most common sentiment shared was that the program worked. In representative reviews, one alum identified the facility’s strengths as “Caring staff, great lectures” and another noted that it “targets specific addictions.” Five former clients polled more extensively tended to indicate that treatment was tightly focused with few counseling and holistic options, which falls in line with the facility’s stated approach, but that the staff was effective.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
Counseling options: 2.6/5
Holistic offerings: 2.1/5

Similar trends were evident on other third-party review sites, including 54 Google reviewers rating Schick Shadel Hospital four out of five stars on average and 33 reviewers (alumni and loved ones) split about two-to-one favorable-to-critical on Yelp.[1] [2] Alumni highlighted the staff’s caring nature and the value of connecting with other patients. Repeated concerns focused on the program’s short time period and on insufficient integrated psychological therapy.


Of 25 friends and family members polled by Rehabs.com, a majority reported they'd be moderately likely to recommend the facility. The minority who dissented tended to cite inexperienced staff or to conclude that the aversion therapy program didn’t work for their loved one. In a sentiment echoed on Google and Yelp, one Rehabs.com reviewer wrote that the program needed “more family involvement and follow-up.” However, the 19 individuals polled on the specific aspects felt the staff was well-trained, and an adequate amount of family participation was available.

Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Family Participation: 3.8/5
Would Recommend: 3.3/5

Another loved one wrote in a representative review, “The cost is slighltly expensive but it is well worth it to get the type of help that they offer.”


The sole staffer polled to date by Rehabs.com awarded four out of five stars for all 15 metrics measured, with the exception of three stars for admission and discharge procedures. The reviewer praised fellow staff members. Likewise on Indeed, seven former and current employees of the Seattle Schick Shadel facility tended to cite supportive coworkers as a strength. They also described a stressful or challenging setting, meaningful and rewarding work, and respect for clients.[3]


According to the Shick Shadel Hospital website, up to a week of detox services costs between $4,000 and $9,500. The 14-day rehab program is $12,000 to $29,000, depending on substances and other conditions. About three dozen accepted insurance plans are listed, and the facility also accepts private pay and offers financial assistance to qualifying patients. Financing can be arranged through Prosper Health Care Lending. To date, the 25 individuals polled on the matter gave mixed reviews concerning the facility's cost.

Affordability: 3.2/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/schick-shadel-hospital-seattle
[3] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Schick-Shadel-Hospital/reviews?fcountry=US&floc=Seattle%2C+WA

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