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Understanding the Schick Shadel Method and Counter Conditioning


What exactly is the Schick Shadel method and counter conditioning? Does it work to treat addiction? What are the pros and cons? 

Counter conditioning (also known as aversion therapy) focuses on training the brain to avoid alcohol or drugs through negative associations.

Schick Shadel Hospital in Seattle pioneered this methodology, and the facility is one of the foremost counter conditioning practitioners.

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19 Top Medical Detox Centers in the U.S.

Looking for a medical detox center to help you get clean? In the US, more than 14,500 specialized drug treatment facilities provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to persons with substance use disorders. Many of these offer medical detox services, specializing in safely cleansing your body of substances. We'll break down 19 top medical detox centers that do outstanding work.

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Healing the Root Causes of Addiction with Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Did you know that most people who have a dual diagnosis - an addiction coupled with a mental or emotional health issue  - aren’t receiving treatment for either condition?

Unfortunately, it’s true. The recent US Surgeon General’s report Facing Addiction in America found that more than 40% of people with addiction have a dual diagnosis, yet fewer than half of these people receive treatment for either disorder.

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Why The Clearing's Rehab Success Rate Is So High

Have you ever heard of an addiction recovery program with 80%+ success rates? This is unheard of in the modern addiction treatment industry.

Yet here we are, tucked away in a corner of the country on beautiful San Juan Island, WA. What’s the secret to our success?

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The Best Addiction Recovery Program You've Never Heard Of

What would you think about an addiction recovery program that has an 80%+ success rate? Compared to 5-10% success rates of typical 12-Step treatment programs, this number is extraordinary. If you're like most, you're probably interested in learning more about how an addiction recovery program can achieve such amazing results.

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The Connection between Alcoholism and Anger

Did you know alcoholism and anger go together? For those suffering from alcoholism or addiction, do you want to let go of your self-defeating patterns and change your life for the better? If so, here’s something you might not have considered: connecting with your own buried anger.

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Is There A Positive Aspect From Addiction?

If the title of this post gave you pause, you’re not alone. The idea that there is a positive purpose to any part of your addiction likely flies in the face of what you’ve been taught about recovery.

You’ve probably heard a lot of shaming messages about your addiction, so the idea that there may be something positive may feel strangely subversive. But we invite you to consider the possibility...  

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Do I Really Need Spirituality in Recovery?

Do I really need God to get sober?

Maybe and maybe not. But we've found connecting with spirit to be a profoundly moving and transformational approach for the healing of addiction as well as hopelessness and depression.

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What's Wrong with Addiction Rehab: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

It’s no secret that the addiction rehab space is riddled with problems: "Counselors with little education and less oversight are using outdated and sometimes harmful techniques; there are no national standards for credentialing or training counselors and most treatment centers, even those with extensive financial resources, do not always use best practices.”

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How We Created the Most Transformative Addiction Recovery Program in the US

“[Addiction] counselors with little education and less oversight are using outdated and sometimes harmful techniques... there are no national standards for credentialing or training addiction counselors...  "

 - TIME magazine article: Q&A: What Really Goes on In Drug Rehabs

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