Schick Shadel Hosptial

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With 80 years of treating more than 65,000 patients, our hospital provides the best way to knock out substance cravings. We believe chemical dependency is a medical problem and we treat it as such, offering medical detox and a cutting edge approach to treatment. Our counter conditioning method was developed over decades of work and study, and has become nationally recognized as an incredibly effective way to treat both drug and alcohol addiction.

We have successfully treated patients hooked on all types of addiction-causing substances, including cocaine, meth, heroin, prescription opiates, and many more. With addiction rates increasing at an alarming rate, it’s important to fight back with effective treatments and care. We understand your needs, and our doctors, nurses and counselors will provide comfort and care as you transform back into a life of sobriety.

Schick Shadel Hospital was founded in 1935 by Charles A. Shadel. A pioneer of his time, Shadel understood what very few in his time knew: alcoholism is a disease, a neurological illness that is mentally and emotionally incredibly difficult to control or manage. Unlike many of his peers, Shadel understood that addiction was not a result of weak willpower or moral failure, but rather a physiological response to stimuli. He worked to treat addiction on the level that it existed: as part of a neurological response. As a result of his work, Schick Shadel developed a method of treatment we called “counter conditioning.”

Schick Shadel Hospital’s mission is to care for our patients with innovative, compassionate techniques that treat their disease as exactly that: a disease.

Schick Shadel Hospital located in Seattle, WA is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services (UHS). The Washington state facility website is available on line and can be accessed at