David Hilton, Part 3: The End of the Trail

What Got David Hilton in the End?

Refusing Medication, Substance Abuse, Previous Traumas, Defying Authority? Or All of The Above?

David Hilton lived his life in repeating, almost identical, two-year relapse cycles, each relapse longer, more dangerous, and damaging to him than the one before. I held David Hilton’s hand through his last three. Others, who knew him longer, say previous patterns were the same.

He’d get released from the state psychiatric hospital, stable on medication, with a court order to take his medication. He stopped his meds abruptly, as soon as he reached the hospital parking lot, went home,

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