By no means am I trying to diminish that experience, I’m suggesting that definitive and declarative statements about what those voices say and do—especially for third parties—are problematic. I tend to use qualifiers in all statements surrounding symptoms, even my own, because I’m aware my self-perception may be biased.
My position on treatment is the best treatment plan is as many treatments as are tolerated, feasible and affordable. That includes medication(s) which often have a synergistic effect with other treatments. I don’t disagree that CBT and other talk therapies aren’t for everyone, but I would not dissuade anyone from giving them a try if they can be tolerated.