The Soteria Project.

During the 1970s, the head of schizophrenia studies at the NIMH, Loren Mosher, conducted an experiment that compared treatment in a homelike environment (called Soteria), where antipsychotics were minimally used, to conventional treatment in a hospital setting. At the end of two years, the Soteria patients had “lower psychopathology scores, fewer (hospital) readmissions, and better global adjustment” than those treated conventionally with drugs in a hospital setting. Only 31% of the patients treated without drugs in in the Soteria House who remained off neuroleptics after leaving the program relapsed over the next two years.

a) A Non-Neuroleptic Treatment for Schizophrenia. Mathews, S. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 5 (1979), 322-332.

b) Community Residential Treatment for Schizophrenia. Mosher, L. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 29 (1978), 715-723

c) The Treatment of Acute Psychosis Without Neuroleptics. Mosher, L. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 41 (1995), 157-173.

d) Treatment of Acute Psychosis Without Neuroleptics. Bola, J. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 191 (2003):219-229.

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