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Patricia Pike

Patricia (Patti) Pike CEO of CanAm Interventions started her personal recovery journey over 32 years ago. My favorite line from my personal playbook in my life is “from an early age, I knew I was an athlete”. That saved me in many ways throughout my own personal recovery and to become the professional that I am today. 

With 25 years of on-site professional experience in behavioral health, my dedication to this field is deeply personal. I do not end up in people’s lives by mistake.

 I learnt a long time ago, you cannot change the nature of substance abuse addictions or mental health conditions, however engaging in professional services can be the first step of change.

CAN-AM BLOGS: Having heart to heart conversations with individuals about their addiction, along with family involvement is the first step to healing. Please visit our website to learn more information on our services. We offer a free 30-minute consultation. 

WHAT IS SALVIA ?

Salvia is a psychedelic drug, typically used recreationally, which means it can affect all the senses altering a person’s thinking, sense of time and emotions.

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CO-DEPENDENCY IN ACTIVE ADDICTION

A codependent relationship is a kind of dysfunctional relationship where one person is a caretaker, and the other person takes advantage. Codependent relationships are extremely

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WHAT ARE EATING DISORDERS ?

Healthy eating behaviour is based on two sensations: hunger and satisfaction. Eating disorders disrupt this mechanism. This disturbance is a physiological consequence of malnutrition and

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SIGNS THAT YOU ARE LACKING PURPOSE

Have you ever woken up feeling like you’re just going through the motions?Maybe you’ve caught yourself staring into space, wondering what it’s all about.You’re not

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THE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA ON OUR DNA

Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that

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WHAT IS A DETOX PROGRAM

When someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, they will often need to go through a detoxification (detox) process, as an important first step in their

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BREAKING BAD HABITS

Everyone has at least one bad habit. Whether it’s being chronically late, tapping your feet, chewing gum too loudly, eating sloppily, over sharing on Facebook, or eating

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WHAT IS TRAUMA DENIAL?

Trauma denial is a way to put distance between you and an overwhelming experience. It can be one of the many ways your brain tries to

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WHAT IS NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS?

Introduction to Narcotic Anonymous James Patrick Kinnon, known as “Jimmy K.”, is commonly credited with founding Narcotics Anonymous (N.A) in 1953 in Los Angeles, California,

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HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE

If you feel like you lack confidence, there are some commonly suggested ways to build it up. Many of these have evidence to back them

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FIVE LONG-TERM AFFECTS OF TRAUMA

The numbers surrounding trauma, which includes physical and emotional trauma, are extraordinarily high in the United States — more than 223 million people have experienced at least one

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WHAT IS AL-ANON?

History on Al-Anon: Founded in 1951, by Lois W and Anne B, in Virginia Beach VA, Al-Anon is an organization that was created as a

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FACING YOUR FEARS

Why is it important to face your fears? As fear is such an uncomfortable emotion to deal with, it’s easy to avoid it rather than

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HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY!

Anxiety is a normal part of life. Occasionally, we all experience those feelings to some degree or another and can easily be triggered by any

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THE PROGRESSION OF ADDICTION!

Addiction is defined as a complicated and chronic condition marked by compulsive participation in a gratifying stimulus despite negative consequences. It is characterized by a

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HOW TO RECOVER FROM ADDICTION?

Addiction is a complicated and chronic disease defined by compulsive behavior or substance use despite negative consequences. It is characterized by a loss of control

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WHAT IS ADDICTION ?

Addiction is a condition in which a person gets compulsively involved in a specific activity or substance usage, typically despite negative consequences. It is characterized

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WHAT IS PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop in people who experience a dangerous, shocking, or scary event. When people go through a

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WHAT ARE SERVICE (DOGS) ANIMALS?

Service dogs (or animals) help people with mental and physical disabilities to lead more independent lives. These animals are individually trained to assist the person

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WHAT IS KETAMINE?

Ketamine is a fast-acting anesthetic used in medical and veterinary surgeries. Ketamine is classified as a dissociative drug, producing a sense of mind from body

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WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common disorder, and a serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how

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WHAT IS ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is considered a chronic and debilitating disorder. It is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. Some symptoms of ADHD

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WHAT ARE THE EFFECT OF FENTANYL ?

Fentanyl, similar to other commonly used opioids (e.g heroin, morphine) produce effects. Some of these effects are intended for therapeutic and/or medicinal purposes. Other times,

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ALCOHOL INTERVENTIONS

What is the definition of an Alcohol Intervention?Alcohol intervention describes a situation where an individual has a drinking problem, unable to stop drinking, consequences from

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YOUNG ADULT INTERVENTIONS

CanAm Interventions facilitates Young Adult Interventions both in the U.S. and Canada. We have extensive experience with a high success rate of supporting adolescents into

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DRUG INTERVENTIONS

What is the definition of A drug intervention?A drug intervention describes the situation of a person that is having some type of addiction to drugs

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YOUNG ADULT INTERVENTIONS

CanAm Interventions facilitates Young Adult Interventions both in the U.S. and Canada. We have extensive experience, with a high success rate of supporting adolescents into

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ALCOHOL INTERVENTIONS

What is the definition of an Alcohol Intervention? Alcohol intervention describes a situation where an individual has a drinking problem, unable to stop drinking, consequences

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DRUG INTERVENTION

What is the definition of A drug intervention? A drug intervention describes the situation of a person that is having some type of addiction to

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CHRONIC RELAPSE & ATTACHMENT

Another way to look at Chronic Relapse for substance abuse disorders can be based on an Attachment disorder. Attachment disorders is a psychological model attempting

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MARIJUNA ADDICTION

Marijuana is the most used illicit drug in the United States. It acts by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain to produce a variety

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What is Case Management Services

What is Case Management? Providing professional provide accountability for individual struggling with addiction and/or mental health challenges and supporting their families. This will help minimize

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CanAm Interventions (Intervention) Stages.

Family Assessment Meeting: develop a thorough assessment and intervention treatment plan.Intervention Preparation Planning Meeting: educate the intervention team. Treatment Referrals: the treatment placement process includes

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The Disease of Addiction

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and

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Mental Health Interventions

Mental health problems are much more common than people realize. Mental health issues can affect everyone, from young children to the elderly. It is often

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Healthy Boundaries?

What are boundaries and why do we need them? Boundaries are just as defined for mathematics, they are limits. However, in recovery they are emotional,

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Preventing Relapse

A significant factor in the vicious cycle of addiction is relapse. Like depression or PTSD, addiction is a co-occurring disorder that can be triggered by

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What is Home Detox?

Detoxification when applied to addiction is defined as the natural process that occurs in the body as it attempts to rid the system of waste

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Healing through Gratitude

Gratitude Too often people fixate on what is wrong in their life and all the things that irritate them. This contributes to stress, anger and

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Choosing the Best Rehab

Choosing the right treatment center for a loved one or yourself ca n be stressful and may seem like a daunting task. There are many

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Understanding Addiction Theories

Addiction Theories have now moved beyond the commonly stereotyped ways of thinking. The previous belief surrounding alcoholism and addiction is that narcotics and alcohol are

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