Canada Intervention Services:

We offer Alcohol/Drug Interventions, Family Interventions, complex mental and trauma intervention, long term Case Management for Families and their loved ones. We work with Adults & Adolescent and families.

We will facilitate Drug & Alcohol Intervention to break the cycle of destructive behaviors from the devastating cycle of addiction and complex mental health for adults, adolescents & their families.

Across Canada and the United States border, and across addictions, we will provide a caring yet effective and client centered individualized approach with After Care and Case Management services following up, with a continuum of care, to create a recovery story for families.

Patricia holds citizenship in both the U.S. and Canada, which gives her the diverse perspective of working in both countries. She has great compassion and is passionate about helping clients and their families get back on track to live authentic lives of purpose and dignity.

Can Am Interventions Services:

  • Drug & Alcohol Interventions
  • Complex Mental Health Interventions
  • Family Interventions
  • Family and Client Care services
  • Sober Coaching
  • Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • Intervention Training – 21 CEU’sIMG_7491

 

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How to stay hopeful when you are struggling with your loved ones drug or alcohol addictions.

As parents, we search in our souls, asking ourselves over and over , how can I convince my loved one to stop using drugs? How do I stop my loved one from killing themselves or living a destructive negative lifestyle?

I’ve had many conversations, phone calls and meetings with parents that are traumatized by their loved ones addictions or mental health choices. They live in fear of receiving a phone call that something terrible has happened to their child or family member.

As a mom that has gone through similar feelings of powerlessness, it is hard to watch from the sidelines and deal with a family member’s unwillingness to stop the use of drugs or alcohol, in-spite of the negative consequences.

Many parents need to hear, there is hope in doing the right things to stay in the solution, to be prepared to have recovery resources available, and most of all, to remain openminded to stay connected to their loved ones , no matter how you do that such as; telephone, texting, social media, mail or in person visits.

My personal understanding and compassion for parents, comes from my personal experience dealing with a family members that are addicted . I understand what it feels like to have a adult child powerless over stopping the use of drugs or alcohol.

If you have a family member or child that was suffering with a medical condition, would you give up on them? if they weren’t getting better? Would you try and do all you could do to help them?

Addiction is a disease of “never enough”. It is the disease of disconnection, a deadly disease that wants to push everyone that care for their addicted persons.

It is important for parents to understand , that once drugs or alcohol is activated in an addicted persons body, they immediately become powerless over stopping the obsession to use, compulsion to act and denial to continue to use drugs, in spite of the negative consequences.

If you have tried everything to help your child or family member to access help, profession treatment for substance abuse.

There is more to do, be positive by caring for yourself, access family case management, sober coaching,, look for RecoveryGroup resources, in the community that may help such as; outreach workers, family workers, addictions workers, nurses, support works, and many others.

Learn about the different approaches for addiction treatments , such as; harm reduction, animals therapy, school opportunities, work opportunities, medication management, or connecting with your loved ones.

Hope is the essential to have courage to continue to be a loving parents, and gaining support from professionals.

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Mental Heath and Drug Addiction Services:

At CanAm Interventions, we get an array of referrals that are mostly related to drug addictions or alcoholism.It is very rare anymore to facilitate an intervention or Case management case without having clients or family members with some type of complex trauma or mental health diagnosis.

At CanAm Interventions, we are trained to support persons with complex mental health and trauma related issues.

One of the important aspects to providing professional services to our clients is to facilitate an assessment, gaining information from a family members or persons that have pertinent details of drug and alcohol use, emotional and mental health state, behaviors patterns, work or school background, relationships status, history of violence, hospitalization, treatment episodes and current living situation.

In some cases, it may be essential to have other professionals involved such as; psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse, lawyers, Human Resources, recovery coaches, second chair interventionist, addiction Counselor, or mental health clinician.

For more information about our services;

http://www.canaminterventions.com

Animal Therapy for persons with Addictions.

One thing I have watched for many years, no matter what city, I am visiting and go through a social economic drug addicted areas . I see many persons homeless or street entrenched walking their dogs.

The message is very clear, using animals could be another way to help untreated persons with addictions and complex attachment, using “animal therapy”, as a form of building skills, trust and development of forming healthy relationships.

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Undeveloped Skills related to Complex Trauma and Addictions.

I was running in San Rafael, Northern California today near San Francisco.

I get my solitude from running which I found out many years ago.

it is my form of meditation to turn the volume down in my mind and a great way to take care of myself .

Lately, I’ve had many great thoughts and ideas related to the epidemic of addictions in our country and how some people can stay clean and sober And ,how some folks just need something more other than a traditional chemical dependency treatment program.

I talk with many folks throughout my day such as; families calling for professional help with an intervention for a loved one, family case management services and other services . Also, I collaborate with many other professionals in the county from all over Canada and the United States in many topics related to the nature of addictions or mental health, such as; therapist, psycharist, Addiction doctors, Psycholgost, treatment providers throughout my day.

Yesterday, I was talking with a colleague that is a prominent addiction doctor in San Francisco . Our discussion included; patterns in young adults, that I’ve been supporting in the last few years that started smoking marijuana from early age and how their level of developmental skills, anxiety and lack of emotional stability is causing issues in their relationships.

My professional assessment on some long term cannabis cases clearly are showing signs of emotional and mentally distress and adding to the lack of motivation, attachment issues , and frozen fear of not having fully developed skills trusting others,paranoia features, higher anxiety and antisocial characteristics.

One thing I have notice are; if an individual has someone hand holding them, giving direction, and acting as a supportive person, and not getting to deep into their emotional state, or tries to cross the line of their independence, they will build on developing skills, can in fact become successful through structure and personal growth.

My conversations with my doc friend/colleague went on to discuss, in some cases ,individual may have great work ethics, exercise program, family values and even be engaged in education program.

However, when it came time to engage in family or relational emotional issues, they present defensive, entitle, displaying, defensive attitude, negative reaction and clearly stuck in a place to not capable of processing information or becoming emotionally overwhelmed. When given encouragement and independence , they seemed more open to input, and have a far better attitude of retaining and developing skills. Trying to dictate their treatment plans really seemed to backfire and reverts into power and control between the professional and client.

I was reminded by my colleague , the studies are scientific evidence is accumulating information that shows that persons using alcohol and substance in early teenage years or into their 20’s and 30’s, having significant signs of developmental issues related to interruptions in dealing with relationships. The brain is showing difficulties processing information, some addicted people can still achieve many other skills that can be very productive with the right structure and support.

Overtime some folks can engaged into regular activities such as; work, school and become manageable in their lives, build life skills, interpersonal skills, and become fully independent to take responsibility for their lives. In this way of growth and change a person can produces positive feelings which helps the brain heal.

The evidence states that the brain matures completely again persons can be responsible to accumulate loving relationships and can becomes more mature, to have a deeper interest in their personal attributes and become fully independent.

The longer a persons continues to be independent, builds on developmental skills, learns connection skills, it creates healthy relationships at work, educated and gain personal connections with people will have a successful outcomes.

Also, some people merged through an addictive process can subsides without total commitment to absence dependency or active participation in pier groups such as AA or formal chemical dependency programs.

Sometimes , I wish that I could solve the world addiction problems in our country, it is vital that we open our mind to many alternatives in treating persons that not only has an addictions problem but has an developmental problem.

This Is another way to think about addictions and persons that have not fully developed skills because of addictions, complex trauma or painful interruptions in life.

Again, my writing is based on my professional experiences working with many folks from All walks of life.

I am again challenged to think in terms that some folks can find meaningful happiness and contentment through developing skills without formal inpatient chemical dependency treatment.

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New Addiction Model

There are many persons dying in our country from drugs and alcohol abuse. I call it the “disease of disconnect” or the “disease of never enough”.

Bill W and Dr. Bob, the forefathers of “alcoholic anonymous”, brought much hope to many persons lives. Today the AA fellowship are saving many people’s lives. Much like Jimmy K ( started Narcotics Anonymous in 1954), he had a desire to stop using drugs and a vision that no addict need die from active addictions that Recovery would be possible. His inspiration to seek a “spiritual solution”, through the program of NA is alive and well today.

There are thousands of NA meetings all over the world helping addicts to recover. #wedorecover

I asked the questions, how about the addict that is still suffering that do not want to attend 12 step meetings or have tried attending 12 step meetings, but continues to struggle with fitting in the 12 step program ?And just is not able to connect to the 12 step fellowship. ( how about that?)

This is very real for some, that is not my story. the 12 step model in treating my personal addiction has helped me get clean and stay clean for over 26 years. But, for some, it just does not work for them.

I have worked over 25 years in the helping field both in Vancouver downtown Eastside and inner city programs in San Francisco, California, in the past 8 years, I’ve had my own private practice both in Vancouver, BC and San Francisco, California , professionally working as an Interventionist , education consultant and family case management and treatment specialist .

There are many addicts dying from untreated addiction. what is untreated addiction? Does this related to only drugs? And the truth is, many more persons, will die as a result of their powerlessness, over stopping the use of drugs.

Dr. Gabor Mate believes that we need to have a “new addiction model” . I concur with his ideals and see a strong need for the professional community to be newly educated, to learn skills, to become equipped to support and treat both untreated addictions or persons that are in recovery, that are struggling to find inner peace from the 12 step approach.

When I first started working in the helping field 25 years ago, the message was clear. “If a person is using drugs”, “they cannot be treated for their underlying trauma or mental health diagnoses”. Do, I believe that today, absolutely not. I believe that in some cases that the underlying diagnoses may need to be contained before you look at the drug use. I say that with confidence

My beliefs have changed because of my years of professional work experience, and seeing with my own eyes , cases upon cases that cannot completely stay clean and sober, but desperate to try something different and open to receiving a helping hand in a very non traditional approach. I call this hand holding ( the 12 step model calls this codependency ), I look at hand holding as the start of attachment model and professional client engagement with a goal to slowly gain trust, cohesion, safety, security in small increments, this reminds clients or shows clients nurturing much like you are dealing with a small child that is grieving their parents love.

Again, in my years of experiences, and on some cases and professionally speaking, the need to treat the underlying complex trauma issues, may be the primary treatment plan, based on the attachment model before individuals fully stops using drugs.

Where do you do that? It is imperative to have a safe place ( clients that are suffering need a place to feel safe, much like a home), where professionals can provide safety, cohesion and containment to start the long term process of building healthy attachments along with using practical experiential and tasks to provide-the concept of personal independence. This builds on the healthy internal resources and attachments, engaging the untreated persons with a sense of empowerment , structure using alternative approaches . Combining attachment theory, experiential theory and building on a family system theory by using the roles of professionals as the key players, to act as adult parenting which promotes “hand holding”, not doing everything for untreated persons, supporting the process of independence , provides persons to internalized trust, love and sense of belonging which creates healthy attachments.

It may be the only way to save that persons life. Drugs may be the coping skills for persons, to be engage in the process of healing and trusting the process of healing.

I asked the questions, what do you think happens for the persons in recovery that relapses ?

Do we as professionals rationalize relapses, as part of the process of recovery?

In the meantime, we are loosing many persons, to overdose in those relapses, or how about the addicted person that is not willing to stop using drugs?

How about the persons truth in their reasoning for drug use? do we call that justification,or do we validate their pain to want to use drugs to cope with their pain? Where do these people go to recover from their story of pain? They have a story that will never get told , if they don’t have the opportunity to be listened too.

My beliefs of a New Addictions Model related to;

  • Attachment disorder– frozen fear, frozen shame, frozen loss, and attaching oneself to unhealthiness of a life style.
  • Borderline personality – not having developmental skills, learning survival skills, complex trauma, family attachments and interruptions, failure to launch from adolescents years, and/or developing an underlying mental health diagnosis.
  • Family system approaches – interruptions in the family system related to internal grief, loss and  loneliness which relates to safety and security. Attaching and reliving unhealthy attachments in relationships to promote abuse and victimization, that creates uncomfortably, lack of trust, love and belonging.
  • Experiential theory can support and in the developing-skills using peer support, and alternative approaches to help instill personal resources,  as a result of complex trauma, addiction behaviors, and lack of self esteem and most of all lack of connection.

I have looked at each of these approaches and feel very hopeful for the persons that are trapped in frozen fears, drug use, and a lifestyle that is killing them. Clearly, my understanding , if a persons want to continue to use drugs and have strong sense of hopelessness ,hate themselves and their lifestyle, for the way they are living. This is not only an addiction problem, it is a life problem, they cannot cope without the use of drugs, they are not fully developed emotionally of mentally, they have a processing problem, and/ or there was a trauma or emotional interruption in their lives that has turned into “frozen fear” and “undeveloped skilled adult persons ” with “unhealthy attachments “, that requires a new addiction model, to support persons , to move forward in their lives.

I challenge the professional community to stop just talking about treatment as complete abstinence, think of treatment as letting someone tell their stories, and to be available to meet their resistance, with new model of treating the whole person.

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Family Centered Intervention and Case Management Approaches:

CanAm Interventions attachment theories in the practices of Family Centered Approaches.

Patricia Pike of CanAm Interventions professional ethical beliefs comes from her education background both in Vancouver, BC, Canada and San Francisco, California, specializing in addictions, mental health and trauma-informed attachment approach.

Ms. Pike’s professional approaches solely relates to over 25 years of work experiences, using best practices approaches for the treatment of Addiction and Family Interventions.

Patricia is driven to practice a hands on approach from her own personal experience both professionally and her recovery personal development, meeting clients using an alternative treatment approach to meet her client’s needs.

What is Family Centered approach?

As a professional, I have helped many people from all walks of life.

  • My first initial assessment may not in a office setting to facilitate a full assessment with pen/paper instead, it may be designing a genogram on a telephone consult with  family ( to gain historical information on their families systems ), or I may gathers information by listening ( using a narrative approach), letting clients, tell their story, either on a telephone consult or in a private setting.
  • Meeting individuals and families needs in the moment gives me an opportunity to capture a story of the persons life, the current issues and look for patterns to designed the best family treatment plan.

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Key components of Family Centered Approach:

  • How to address families caring to much without labelling them as codependents or enabling, connecting their story as a positive foundation, focusing on positivity to gain and add more practical solutions by using a professional approach.
  •  Listening skills helps families to feel validated in all they have done to provide resources and hopeful solutions and building on healthy skills.
  • being patience, consistent, building trust to support the process of emotional transition to act on directing families to use professional support services.
  • Family case management can give families a feeling of relief that a professional is taking over the role as the professional caregiver which gives the family a sense safety and security.
  • Encouraging families to switch roles within the family system, helps to take emotional pressure of family members, so they can be more available and be in a parent, sibling  or partner role.
  •  Training parents to relearn parenting skills for their adult child, learning how to be mom or dad, to recreate a new family recovery story.
  • Recreating a different family narrative by engaging in the process of family beliefs and values, using practical experience to gain healthy attachments in relationships.
  • Addressing grief and loss, disconnections in relating to one another.
  • Creating safety and security in all aspects of treating families.
  • Long term case management is required , professional flexibly to help clients to develop processing  skills, meeting the needs in the moment, redirecting and showing up to be available and doing ones part by using an unconditional love, honest and integrity.
  •  Looking for solutions within the emotionally processioning, addressing behaviors by letting the story unfold without trying to push the solution.
  • Focusing on the bigger family treatment plan instead of looking at the untreated client as having the problems, letting clients live their own story by creating healthy attachments, giving them confidence, to live their process.
  • Providing resources, emotional transitions can be challenging which are essential to build on a foundation of new process and gaining personal internal resources which create internal healthy attachments resources.
  • Setbacks are very common when working in this model, using rolling with resistance, consulting, counseling, and engagement in the moment without having a structure plans, instead focusing on treating the whole family.

For more information about CanAm Interventions, please contact Patti.pike@canaminterventions.com  or Www.canaminterventions.com