Recovery Resources.

Accessing professional help is the start of healing!

We have a wealth of professional knowledge and experience for the treatment of substance abuse disorders, mental health conditions and behavioral health. Ms. Pike and her associates tailor our services to meet the needs of our clients and their loved ones.

We’re ready to help with addiction or mental health cases!

Is your loved one battling addiction, chronic pain, a mental health challenge, or a process disorder? Professionally interventions led by Patricia has conducted numerous successful interventions worldwide with a citizenship both in Canada and the United States.

Watching an individual struggling with addiction and/or mental health conditions can be one of the most painful and heart-wrenching experiences for a loved one.

What to expect during an intervention

Because of the complexity of mental illness, it is incredibly important that the intervention process is handled by a trained professional. It can be difficult to identify these disorders because many of them present overlapping symptoms – substance abuse could mask telltale signs of a disorder. It’s also crucial for you to be aware that these interventions can be very emotionally charged.

Your loved one may not believe that they have a problem and may not have ever received a formal diagnosis. They also may have a previous treatment plan that they have chosen to ignore and could believe that they know what’s best for their health even though you see real issues in their day-to-day lives. 

CanAm Interventions recommend that mental health interventions take place under the supervision of a trained facilitator.

Mental health preventions + working with families.

Mental health issues often go on for too long or don’t ever receive treatment because they require loved ones to identify the problem. It often takes outside help to address mental health issues and pave a way forward to recovery.

Recognizing and preventing mental health issues requires investing in intervention programs, and services at the earliest signs of a problem. Untreated mental health conditions are progressive.

Studies show that many people who develop mental health disorders show symptoms by the age of 14. Waiting too long to take action can result in crisis situations such as trouble with the law, dropping out of school, involvement with drugs or alcohol, or suicide.

Understanding mental health conditions

Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate severe. Mental illness, also mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

Any is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder and can vary in impact, ranging from no impairment to mild, moderate, and even severe impairment.

Serious Mental Health disorders is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. In 2020, there were an estimated 52.9 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States.Taken from:

Understanding addiction?

Addiction can be defined in so many ways. Ultimately it is a self-centered, inability to stop the addictive behavior once activated. 

Addictive behaviors develop over time with a denial of self-destructive patterns, and to accept that they have a problem.

Families can get caught up in the cycle of trying to fix the problem only to find out after numerous attempts they need professional help to best support their loved ones struggling with substance abuse or mental health disorders.  

Addictive behaviors develop over time with a denial of self-destructive patterns, and to accept that they have a problem.

Addiction may be diagnosed as a substance abuse disorder alcohol, legal drugs, illegal drugs, or a process addiction disorder can be related to food, internet, sex, gambling or addictions. 

Substance abuse symptoms

The most common symptom of substance abuse is a change in a person’s behavior. Specific behavior changes vary from person to person. They depend on how severe the disorder is. Symptoms may include the following:

  • Decreased motivation
  • Using a drug more often
  • Suddenly needing money
  • Decreased or increased energy
  • Using bigger amounts of a drug
  • Suddenly gaining or losing weight
  • Having a strong desire to use a drug
  • Keeping a supply of a drug available
  • Engaging in risky behavior while under the influence of a drugs
  • Missing work or school or having a sudden disinterest in work or school
  • Changes in behavior, including being secretive about friends and activities

A person struggling with addiction is dealing with a complex brain disease that compels them to continue their drinking or substance abuse even when faced with damaging and harmful consequences. 

Addiction and denial

Denial is a common struggle with addiction or mental health diagnoses. Untreated persons with addiction or mental health conditions will justify, rationalize, or minimize their self-destructive behaviors.

Persons with addictions or mental health will find excuses to ignore the advice of concerned loved ones who watch them struggle with addiction or mental health conditions. You cannot talk your loved ones into stopping the use of drugs or alcohol or make them realize how their mental health conditions are presenting. It will be important to access professional help. 

Causes of addiction

There are many theories about reasons for addiction or
mental health diagnoses including genetics, biology, social, psychological, and
environmental factors.  

Chronic pain has increasingly become a factor with addiction. When a person feels pain for longer than 90 days it is considered chronic. This may lead to a prescription intended for pain management that leads to substance abuse.

The family plays an Important role in the recovery process!

When families call us for help, we are here to start the process of finding recovery solutions. Families tend to be concerned about their own behavior and the harm they’re inflicting on themselves and continuing with trying to manage and unmanageable situation.

Family members play different roles who are scared, tired, and don’t know what else to do, other than trying to keep their loved one from not hurting or at times keeping them alive.

Holding an intervention?

Why wait when the odds are stacked against the addict? It will be important for the family and the untreated addicted person to have professional intervention guidance to navigate the process of an intervention. 

With an intervention, the family can learn to set loving limits with the guidance from a professional. A professional intervention can stop the cycle and patterns in your family so the untreated addicted persons are treated by a professional. 

Case management is a collaborative process of evaluation, assessment, treatment planning, and care coordination. Case management involves advocating for individuals and their families by providing communication and resources.

Our goal at CanAm Interventions is to treat the entire family by offering family coaching to families who face multiple challenges, during treatment for their loved one’s addiction or mental health challenges.

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