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Treatments: What Works?


PDF | Vol. 11, No. 1 (2015)

It seems like everyone has an opinion when it comes to treatments for mental health or substance use problems. To add to the confusion, it isn’t always obvious who is basing their opinions on real evidence and who is not. And while we often hear people talk about evidence-based treatments, it’s also clear that complementary and alternative medicine approaches are helpful for some. In this issue of Visions, we dive into the complicated world of effective treatments: treatments that are common and well-researched, treatments we fear, and treatments outside of mainstream medicine. If you would like to see how a particular treatment might fit with your own recovery, we invite you to talk with your doctor or care team to see if it might be a good option for you.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Choosing Treatments That Work: What does it mean and why does it matter?
    (Lloyd Oppel)

  • Evidence of Treatment Efficacy: How do we know what isn't so?
    (Paul Latimer)

  • Informed Choices: Evaluating treatment options that work for you
    (Stephanie Wilson)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Mental Illness and Alcoholism: Odds were against me, but surrender to my higher power brought the help I needed
    (Mark Fernandes)

  • Treatment: A quagmire of approaches and attitudes
    (Bob Krzyzewski)

  • Electroconvulsive Therapy: How it helped me in my battle with depression
    (Teri Doerksen)

  • Sidebar: Is Electroconvulsive Therapy Safe and Effective?
    (Ronald Remick)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Alcohol Treatments: What does the evidence tell us?
    (Chantele Joordens)

  • Light Therapy: Helping the winter blues and more
    (Edwin Tam)

  • Misunderstood Medications
    (Deborah Thompson)

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A look at some unconventional mental health treatments
    (Lloyd Oppel)

  • Effective Treatments for Mental Disorders in Children and Youth
    (Christine Schwartz, Charlotte Waddell, Jen Barican and Dephne Gray-Grant)

  • Psychotherapy: Choosing an effective treatment
    (Karolina Rozworska)

  • Glossary of Treatments
    (Visions staff)


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