If the schitzophrenia is under good control, the medications can be tapered but it cannot yet be cured. The treatment your describing is not very effective in a practical setting. The patient has to have the hallucinations under control before he or she can process information well enough to do therapy. Antipsychotics are used for that. They work initially but decrease in effectivness as the condition deteriorates. Schitzophrenia appears to be degenerative. It's not as fast as Alzhiemers or something like that but it does eventually not respond well to medication and the ability to participate in therapy diminishes.
I guess I was lucky and took at the right moment when my psychiatrist told me I wouldn't need any medication anymore as long as I keep my mind under control then. Cause I was diagnosed with schizophrenia back when I used to do drugs a lot, with psychoses and bipolar occurrences. Something I never actually told on these forums and never really wanted to talk about but this just proves my point that you can actually control yourself if you have a good psychiatrist and good moral values teachings. (not only that but also reality checks) As far as Hallucinations, the same could be told about anyone here hearing things and what not. (You guys could all be schizophrenic since we're dealing with "Unproven" and Religious/spiritual matter) Anything can be considered an hallucination in the eyes of a psychiatrist who isn't aware of Astral Projection, and the teacher of the psychiatrist omitting parts about hallucinations that they can be triggered with astral projection. It's all about who's doing the diagnostics and the teaching he had received, also the background of the patient which in every case is different and important to notice.
Diagnose like these are all about brain control, someone intelligent who understand how his brain function, how he can control his thoughts and with some good support can get out of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is also known to have different degrees of affliction. And diagnostics are sometimes not the right one because it's hard for psychiatrist to determine if the symptoms are real or if they aren't from something else like bipolarity or psychoses. Schizophrenia can contain all 3 and this is why there's no treatment so to say because they don't know exactly what is the original cause.
You can be still be Schizophrenic and only have hearing hallucinations. Or you can be Schizophrenic yet be considered treated because you have no symptoms at all, they just don't know if there could be another reoccurrence that's why they don't medically consider it curable.
I'm not talking about stories I heard on the internet here, I'm talking about personal experience that happened to me, diagnose of schizophrenia with psychoses and bipolar disorders that have been treated very well and my psychiatrist removing meds because he told me it wasn't required anymore. (And when I left his desk he shook my hand and told me he was not even scared that it would ever happen to me again). Documents with the diagnose signed as treated. This psychiatrist is also very well known for treating patients just like me and for being one of the best in my region.
It's just misinformation. People saying things that catch your hear once in a while. Most of the time, schizophrenics and bi-polars had a rough childhood also rough social experience, or had usage of drugs and psychiadelics like I did, amphetamines and everything can really change someone. And it's not because you can hear your own thoughts or once in a while think you heard something but that you didn't that you're necessarily one. Or that you won't be able to change your mind. You are the only one in control of your brain and body and this is what experienced psychiatrists which I have huge respect for are attempting to teach to their patients. Some end up doing completely crazy things like killing people, but believe me, they lost control, sometime for a long long period of time their thoughts are clouded, some are manipulated and others are completely addicted to a drug or on complete psychoses. Childhood memories of being beaten, or being extremely bullied at school for unknown reasons.
What if I asked you if you ever thought I was Schizophrenic in the past. What would you have said.
You wouldn't have believed me. Because I don't have the train of thoughts a schizophrenic person would have, or no symptoms from what you've heard people say can be noted. Because I've learned to control my mind. I've learned moral values and understood that I had to be honest.
Schizophrenia is a very general term to diagnose patients who lost control and had problems regaining their train of thoughts. People do drugs, they end up so smashed that they black out and don't know what happened because they were so angry that they didn't want to hear anything and end up doing bad things. They say it's a psychoses but they'll also diagnose Schizophrenia with it because it's also one of the symptoms and they're not sure which one is the right one (also black-outs is common in both cases). They do advanced psychiatrist tests until they have the background information of the person. And only then if the person is cooperative they can have a deeper discussion with their patient about their past in order to find the original source of what really went wrong in his/her life.
Unless the person is almost completely brain dead and only move to go to the toilet or eat/drink or sleep and/or is completely silent which in those rare case are most of the time so ashamed of what they've done, or they simply refuse to face the consequences or the just don't understand what they have done. In those extremely rare case the person is kept in the asylum for a very long period of time until they take back contact or stay there because they're no longer autonomous and refuse to talk to anybody.
People don't know. They just hear things coming from one way or another, even someone who sometimes start day dreaming about things while working can be considered one. I know this because a woman's husband which my mother works with was diagnosed with it because sometimes he couldn't focus on his work and sometimes stopped working to start day-dreaming about things he'd like to do later in his life or hobbies he would like to try out.
There's misconception about what truly is schizophrenia everywhere. It's degenerative only if you can't make the person take consciousness of their mind and that their in control of their situation. With Anxiety, stress and everything that can make you go back to space out and forget about your daily live, believe me is one of the major factor why they can't treat everyone. They are fragile emotionally, because they didn't learn that they have to ignore bad people and bullying etc...
You learn a lot of things in 3 years of psychiatric treatments about your own disorder. They tell you all the symptoms, all the signs that you must watch out for, every single one of em and how to identify them in case an episode would resurface just to be cautious.
Hope that explain things a little. I don't want to go in details because it would take me literally hours to write everything down from the top of my head. But don't be so quick to judge.