I recently learned that my ex-husband of 30 years, who was a chronic alcoholic and only recently stopped drinking because physically he couldn't anymore, has been diagnosed with paranoid schizoaffrenia. He is refusing medication which kind of goes with the way he always was. I feel sad for where he's at but I know very little about it. Can anyone share any information they know about this type of disorder and personal experiences of loved ones that have it? Is it brought on by alcoholism/drug abuse and if someone refuses medication will they have any chance of getting better? Such a sad ending to his story. He was a good man, served in the Marine Corp., worked for most all of his life but towards the end of our marriage the drinking became his priority and destroyed everything that was important in life for him and wreaked havoc with everyone he came into contact with. I've learned through therapy and the support of Al anon to heal so I'm in as good a place as I can be but wanted to become more informed. I'm beginning to wonder if he always sensed something didn't feel right and then began drinking to numb himself, which then of course, led to his addiction and inability to ever gain sobriety.