Treating schizophrenia without drugs? There’s good evidence for it – Tim Calton

There is certainly a wealth of historical evidence supporting a non-medical approach to madness ranging from Geel, the city in Belgium where the ‘mad’ lived with local families, receiving support and care that allowed them to function in the ‘normal’ social world despite the emotional distress some experienced (Goldstein, 2003), to the so-called Moral Treatment […]

Antipsychotic medication, mortality and neurodegeneration: The need for more selective use and lower doses – Weinmann & Aderhold

Abstract Introduction: Although a range of adverse effects of antipsychotic medication are well documented, less attention has been paid to the issue of reduced life expectancy. Method: The medical literature was searched to identify studies assessing severe somatic side-effects of long-term antipsychotic treatment with a possible impact on mortality, and studies evaluating antipsychotic-associated brain structure […]

Reversal of Schizophrenia Without Neuroleptics – Irwin

It is commonly believed tha t reversal of schizophrenia is accomplished primarily through neuroleptic drug treatment, but this belief can only be maintained by ignoring a great deal of material published in the scientific literature. Randomized studies comparing psvchosocial treatment programs without neuroleptics to drug-based programs were sought out for review, and six were found. […]

Psychosocial treatment, antipsychotic postponement, and low-dose medication strategies in first-episode psychosis: A review of the literature – Bola, Lehtinen, Cullberg and Ciompi

Reconsidering medication-free research in early-episode schizophrenia prompts a review of acute psychosocial treatments using medication postponement protocols. We describe and compare the different psychosocial treatment approaches. Studies were included in the review if initial psychosocial treatment combined with a time-limited postponement of antipsychotics was compared to initial antipsychotic treatment using a quasi-experimental or better research […]

INTAR Supports New SAMHSA Funded Hospital Alternative In California

SAMHSA has agreed to a Transformation Grant for a Peer Run Crisis Respite in Santa Cruz County. Yana Jacobs reports:

“I want to say I couldn’t have written this grant without the inspiration and networking from the Alternative Consumer community, primarily INTAR, THANK YOU! You folks showed me the way, were my inspiration to have hope and keep pushing for changes. You re-awakened my belief in human caring, community, passion, healing with natural supports I had the honor and pleasure to be invited into your community and here is a concrete result from those discussions!”

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INTAR member Will Hall is also host and producer of Madness Radio, a Pacifica Network FM radio show heard on several stations around the country. Madness Radio frequently features guests who have participated in INTAR conferences and projects; you can listen to these shows online here. More shows at the Madness Radio website