We are coming up on our one year anniversary of no meds. Looking back the absolute worse time was the period when he came off, crashed, was involuntarily admitted, began meds for discharge and came off again. 6 weeks of pure hell. Since then…there have been ups and downs but the most surprising is the insight is back. He knows he has the illness but has chosen to deal with life unmedicated–at least without prescribed meds. Alcohol apparently does not count. He is learning his trigger points and will withdraw but does not stay there. He actively works on interacting with family. For our part we lower our expectations and enjoy the good days. .
That being said, it is not a course I would run out and endorse. Just like every other illness severity and type needs to be taken into account. For example; a family member was hospitalized with out of control blood sugar but controlled with diet and exercise is currently doing very well without meds. A friend on meds still is having blood sugar control issues and having serious damage to nerves.
Medication and doctors are not evil. The illness is. But in the end everyone does get to choose their treatment course and the consequences.
So we are continuing on our journey unmedicated with the boundary of if family senses there is a danger to himself or society we will force another involuntary admit.