I have a little experience with prescription psych drugs. I agreed to be placed on meds after a breakdown I had from work, so my experience is limited, but I have tested it out for myself.
I would be curious to learn how you define 'freedom' here in your question, because at my worst point, I saw that I too was seeking 'freedom'. The difference here is that you are seeking 'freedom from meds', and I was seeking 'freedom within meds'.
What I saw in my definition of 'freedom'' there was an element of escape. There was a part of me that was seeking to escape the experience I was having. What I learned was that it is never about escaping the experience, but about understanding it, and becoming self-responsible within it.
The medication acted as a bridge for me that assisted and supported me to realize a greater need for self-responsibility and daily moment-to-moment self application. This is not how I would have originally defined 'freedom' because it is more about commitment and dedication. So I had to re-define freedom because I saw it does not exist in escape. I see that I am free to choose self-responsibility and self-honesty, I am free to choose what's best for me with a consideration of what's best for all, I am free to choose not to go into reactions, judgments and emotional experiences. What this means is that for me, at this point, a form of freedom can be lived within and as in self-responsibility, both on and off of medication.
I think we are all free to make self-responsible choices. It's only when we fall into the default-mode of the mind, where we abdicate our self-responsibility and allow our reactions, and judgments and back-chats to pull the strings for us that allows for an existence of control (=opposite of freedom). But it requires a bit of a process of developing understanding and awareness to realize these choices exist.
So, this process can be walked on or off medication. So long as you develop understanding, make decisions in awareness and use and develop self-honesty so that you know it is YOU that is the director of our ship (self-direction), and that YOU are the author of your script (self-authority).
Keep us updated Nick! and thanks for sharing