Schick Shadel changed the trajectory of my life and was the catalyst for the love of my life finding himself again and breaking free from the shackles of his addiction. My (now fiancé) was in the throws of alcoholism when he admitted himself into SS program 2 years ago. After three years of trying to love his addiction away - researching solutions, unintentionally enabling his behavior, and losing myself in his illness I had left. He had been a functional alcoholic for over a decade which I think sometimes makes it harder to identify that there even is an illness. He ran a successful business, maintained strong relationships, and was for the most part even reliable, up until the last couple months before I had to leave and him eventually fining SS. After trying to quit himself, and realizing he alone did not have that control he spiraled quickly. His case of beer a day, turned into harder alcohol that he thought was easier to hide. He tried out-patient at a behavioral hospital, we went to AA meetings but nothing clicked for him until he decided on his own to give SS a try.
At the time I worked in the behavioral health industry, but admittedly was naive to the roll I was playing in his addiction even with the best of intentions. Schick Shadel took a scientific approach (one that the community I was in of more traditional treatment centers, was weary of). But for him, they were wrong about SS. It dealt first with safely detoxing his body and then with his cravings and his understanding of himself and his addiction. He immediately connected with the staff and the therapists that lead the classes. I was welcomed by the staff to also join him on occasion so I could truly understand what he was going through, how I could best support him - As well as the missteps I had taken. He has been sober ever since. And not a “dry drunk” - his cravings are gone. Also because of his classes he totally conceptualizes the reasons his brain will never again allow him to go back to casually drinking. There is no pink cloud making him think he feels good now so could probably have just one drink. I know that he will never truly be done fighting, and two years doesn’t always mean he is in the clear but what I know for sure is he is happier than he has ever been, our relationship is stronger because of it, and if he or anyone we loved ever needed help again SS would be our first call. I am eternally grateful for the roll Schick Shadel played not only in his life but also in mine.