Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

From Schizophrenia / Addiction, through Treatment, to Success: Carson's Story

August 05, 2021 Randye Kaye Season 1 Episode 22
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
From Schizophrenia / Addiction, through Treatment, to Success: Carson's Story
Show Notes

Episode 22- From Schizophrenia and Pot Addiction, through Treatment, to Success: Carson's Story


Today we  talk with  Carson S. , who has an inspiring story to tell, from schizophrenia/addiction to sobriety/recovery success.  We talk about his life….what it used to be like, what his challenges have been (addiction/intrusive thoughts/SMI) , and how he is doing now…..and what advice he might give to others who need to have hope.


Mimi and I met Carson last week at a gathering at Rob Laitman’s home for his patients and families (see episode 18)  

  • What happened when you were using marijuana?
  • Did you realize that was an abnormal response?
  • As your symptoms progressed, what did you think was happening?  Did you even suspect mental illness?
  • Did your parents or family know what was going on?  What about teachers or friends?  Did they suspect anything?
  • When was it that you finally realized you had a problem?
  • Did you ever “hear voices”? If you did, could you tell they weren’t real?
  • What other symptoms did you recognize?
  • Were you afraid of the medication? Afraid of the doctors?
  • Since we know you finally ended up on clozapine, you must have had a rough journey on previous medications?  Tell us about that.
  • How was clozapine different?
  • When did you notice improvement?  Were there specific things that changed or were different?
  • You spent a year at Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center - what was that like?
  • Have you had any challenges with wanting to use marijuana?
  • What’s your life like today?
  • It is very difficult to recover from the dual diagnosis of BOTH addiction and serious mental illness. 
  • But as of today you seem to be managing this.  How did you do it? 
  • What do you want other families to know?




Who Are the 3 Moms?

Randye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices”)

Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It

Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)