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CanAm Interventions Approach?

CanAm Interventions believes every family and client has a story to tell. An intervention starts from the first contact with a person reaching out and asking for help.

CanAm Interventions CEO Patricia Pike facilitates services for complex cases utilizing evidence-based practices in conjunction with experience in the 12 core functions of counseling.

Interventions come in many forms which are a life saving mission with the intention to help a loved one by providing an opportunity for recovery. Using assessment tools to develop a family treatment plan which may include using various intervention approaches such as (Traditional) Johnson Model or Family Systemic Model.

Using a family coaching and case management approach might be the first step towards a solution prior to performing a more traditional intervention in certain cases. It is important to assess each situation or present crisis to evaluate what the immediate needs are.

Family Systemic Approach?

A Family Systemic Model also referred to as the invitational approach model developed by Ed Speare and Wayne Raiter. This approach is a way for the entire family to start their healing process.  Addiction or mental health affects the whole family.

This model is based on the idea that if the family system changes, every individual within the system will also change, including the untreated person struggling with addiction or mental health. The family intervention approach is designed to be a non-confrontational and non-judgmental instead the entire family are the patient.

The goal of the family systemic model is the entire family will become motivated to seek treatment for themselves and learn healthy coping traits:

  1. Communicating in a healthy way
  2. Supporting each other with encouragement 

The Johnson model, named after its creator, Dr. Vernon Johnson, is one of the most prevalent types of intervention. Johnson discovered that most recovering alcoholics made their decision to stop drinking after experiencing a series of little but significant life events after studying a group of them.

Johnson discovered that addicts need the people closest to them to help them recognize the consequences of not seeking recovery, and that requires a well-defined and well-thought-out plan.

The Johnson Treatment Plan is perhaps the most used type of intervention plan. To nudge addicts towards treatment, this style of mediation employs a personal and oppositional technique. Caregivers can come in many forms; for addicted persons, they may be family members, friends, or coworkers.

Many addicted people believe that they must reach rock bottom before accepting help. Rather than waiting for the addict to damage their life by suffering events such as bankruptcy or jail time, the Johnson method of intervention helps to speed up the process.

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 marked by distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. This may present as waning performance at work, worsening communication with others, difficulty paying attention in school, or a general inability to care for oneself. Mental illness can take many forms, from depression and anxiety to severe schizophrenia.

Many people live with mental health problems all their lives without seeking help, letting it lead to unemployment, homelessness, incarceration, and even suicide. If you know a loved one with signs of mental health problem, holding an intervention may be the only way to convince him or her to get professional help before it’s too late.

Once you decide to hold an intervention for someone concerning his or her mental health problem, seek professional assistance from CanAm Intervention. Depending on the severity of your loved one’s mental illness, he or she could become violent and refuse to consider treatment. Intervention without a specialist’s help can be dangerous. The most effective mental health interventions use the help of a professional who knows when and how to hold one, what to say, and how to provide the appropriate care.



Many people live with mental health or addiction problems for their entire lives, never seeking support. Help your loved one overcome their illness and get their life back.

At CanAm Interventions, we are trained to support persons with addictions or complex mental health and trauma related intervention. We collaborate and consult with addiction physicians, psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse, lawyers, recovery coaches, and/or mental health clinician.

If you feel as if someone you care about has lost control of their lives due to a drug or alcohol addiction, let the CanAm Interventions team help you turn things around by empowering you to plan a coordinated intervention. Reach out today for the tools you need to get started.

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