Screening FAQs

Common Questions to Know If Your Family Needs Intervention Help! Find out if your loved one needs an intervention.  

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  • Have you ever told lies to cover up someone else’s alcohol or drug use?
  • Do you ever threaten a loved one with threats such as, “If you don’t stop drinking or using drugs, I’ll leave you” or “…I’ll kick you out”?
  • Have you been hurt, scared or embarrassed by a drinker’s or a drug addict’s behavior?
  • Does your loved one appear to be taking too much medication?
  • Is your loved one unable to care for himself or herself or others?
  • Do you feel like a failure because you can’t control the drinking or drug use of a loved one?
  • Do you feel angry, confused, scared or depressed most of the time due to a loved one’s drug or alcohol problem?
  • Do you feel there is no one who understands your problems?
  • Has your loved one ever disappeared for days?
  • Has your loved one ever stolen money from your purse, bank account, or elsewhere?
  • Has your loved one ever gotten in trouble with the law because of his or her addiction?
  • Has your loved one’s personality changed (mood swings, anger, and acting out)?
  • Has your loved one ever been diagnosed with a mental health disorder?
  • Have you refused social invitations out of fear or anxiety that your loved one’s behavior may be unpredictable due to drinking or drugs?
  • Do you have a loved one who has suddenly lost a lot of weight or sometimes sleeps for days at a time?
  • Does a loved one or coworker get angry or defensive when you discuss the topic of their addiction?
  • Do you often wonder who your loved one will be today – will it be the person you know and love, or will it be a person who frightens/threatens/worries you?
  • Have you ever found liquor bottles or other paraphernalia?
  • Have you ever found bongs or other drug paraphernalia? Needles, syringes, cigarette papers, empty pill bottles with someone else’s name on it, for instance.
  • Have you ever found tiny, empty plastic bags with traces of white powder and wondered what it was?
  • Have you ever been driven to distrust, checking your loved one’s cell phone, email or text messages?
  • Do you have a coworker or employee who frequently misses work or is performing poorly due to a suspected problem with drugs or alcohol?
  • Have you thought about reporting or firing an employee who you suspect is abusing drugs?
  • Do you worry about how much or how often someone else drinks or uses drugs?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions. Your loved one may have a problem with addiction and need professional help. Consider calling our drug and alcohol experts for a more in-depth assessment.

If you wish to discuss the results with an intervention specialist, fill out the contact details below. A representative will contact you to discuss your situation at a time which is convenient for you.


Common Questions Families Ask About Addiction Intervention Assistance

Do professional interventions work for addiction and/or mental health challenges? We are very experienced facilitating intervention services for both addictions and/or mental health challenges! 

The intervention process is extremely effective in getting an addicted person into an appropriate drug intervention program where they will get the help they need. Interventions for mental health treatment is available.

When is an intervention necessary?

An intervention is used after nothing else has worked. Previous attempts at change may have used reasoning, discussion, threats, ultimatums, and one-on-one tactics. When these fails, frustration can lead to anger. This can go on for years. Appeals to reason and one-on-one discussions rarely produce change in someone who is deeply engaged in self-destructive behaviors.

On the other hand, an intervention that includes several people who are meaningful to the person, can be highly effective when it is delivered in an invitational, respectful, and logical way while focusing on changing everyone’s behavior, not just the loved one.

How do alcohol interventions and drug interventions work?

The intervention process begins when friends, family and/or coworkers, with the help of an experienced interventionist, coordinate efforts in attempt to persuade an addict to accept professional help. Letters are written, boundaries are established, consequences are set, and the intervention is rehearsed. All possible responses and scenarios are discussed and rehearsed.
The next step of the intervention process is the actual intervention, which is most effectively orchestrated by a professional. The loved one is confronted with the letters and overwhelming love of their friends and family. They are told about his or her chemical dependence and how it is affecting everyone’s lives. They are given the choice to accept the love and help being provided or take the consequences. An executive intervention or other family intervention addressing other addictions will be customized by the crisis interventionist.

Do you work with other therapists and professionals?

Yes, Ms. Pike works hand in hand with other therapists, consulting with them and other professionals on treatment plans, inpatient or outpatient treatment centers for clients based on the client’s condition, and other professional collaboration efforts.

How do we start the intervention process and get our loved one into a good treatment center?

Call our toll-free number to make an appointment with one of our interventionists. We will discuss whether the intervention process is appropriate for your situation. If so, we will explain the steps that the family and friends will need to take in order to start the process and make the intervention successful.

How do we know if our loved one is an addict?

Take our online assessment quiz. If you answer yes to more than two or three of the questions, then you should call us to discuss the situation in greater detail.

Do you receive any compensation from treatment centers for referring families?

No! My goal is to find the best treatment center for your loved one. I am an independent consultant and never accept compensation for referrals from any outside source.

Will this process help change our loved one’s life?

A successful intervention will change everybody’s life, and it may help save the life of the addict.

How do I know if you are a good fit for our family?

You will know from your own sense of comfort and trust that is gained the moment you first speak with Ms. Pike. If, for some reason, you aren’t comfortable, she will do her best to refer you to another qualified interventionist. Likewise, if there are better suited interventionists to handle your specific situation, Ms. Pike will connect you to them.

Specialized training is required to guide the intervention process successfully. Most people, including many in the addiction field, have a simplistic view of interventions – greatly underestimating the knowledge, skill, flexibility, and courage needed by the interventionist.

The training, experience, and skill of interventionists vary considerably. It can be difficult to evaluate qualifications or performance ahead of time. It is important to screen and interview an interventionist before you hire them, including finding out what their experience, education and clinical experiences are.

For Answers to Other Questions, Please Call our Professional Addiction Intervention Staff

Our professional intervention team is able to listen to your concerns and work with you toward a therapeutic solution. We understand that most of your questions are driven by fear and uncertainty. We look forward to earning your trust and confidence.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns Today!



103 Labrea Way
San Rafael, CA 94903

patti.pike@canaminterventions.com
415-827-3725

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