Apr 14, 2018
This week on MIA Radio, we
interview Jeffrey Michael Friedman, a clinical social worker and an
activist in the psychiatric survivor's movement. Jeffrey provides
trauma-informed therapy to victims of various forms of abuse and
violence, including those who have survived abuses within the
mental health system.
In addition to his work in the mental health field, Jeffrey is
actively involved in the harm reduction movement, which supports
human rights and non-coercive services for people who actively use
In this interview, we discuss why forced psychiatric treatment
is a form of trauma and its impact on victims and their
In this episode we discuss:
- How Jeffrey’s early experience with the alternative school
system led to being othered and ostracized, which influenced his
later involvement with the psychiatric survivor's movement.
- How the trauma-informed perspective offers an alternative
framework to the traditional medical model of mental health.
- Why forced psychiatric treatment meets the definition of
trauma, and more specifically, betrayal trauma.
- The psychological effects of involuntary commitment forced
drugging and outpatient commitment.
- That forced treatment reinforces the notion that distress or
crisis results from individual pathology rather than familial
mistreatment or trauma.
- That victims of forced treatment may be less likely to seek
medical care for physical health issues or receive proper medical
- How survivors can heal from forced treatment.
- The parallels between the harm reduction movement and the
psychiatric survivor's movement, and similarities between safe
consumption sites and peer services.
- That the addiction treatment industry, including 12-step
programs, can be coercive in similar ways to the mental health
What is a
Betrayal Trauma? What is Betrayal Trauma Theory?
The Power Thinker– a brief description of Michel Foucault’s
work on power and surveillance.
Altruism Born of Suffering
of Harm Reduction
Szasz: The Right to Take Drugs
The Legal Industry for Kidnapping Teens – a description of
the physically forceful transportation services that are sometimes
utilized to transport teenagers to addiction treatment.
Friedman on SoundCloud
Jeffrey can be followed on Twitter: @jmfriedman and
Mad In America's
Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal course
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