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CANADA ALCOHOL AND DRUG INTERVENTION SERVICES
An intervention is a structured method of assisting an individual who has resisted previous attempts by concerned others to get help for a drug or alcohol problem. The objective of an intervention is to confront a person in a non-threatening way and allow them to see their self-destructive behavior, and how it affects themselves, family and friends. A well-executed intervention is professionally facilitated by an interventionist: an individual with expertise in drug and alcohol counselling and specific training in the intervention process.
Other problem areas that interventions can address include eating disorders, internet addiction, sexual addiction, and compulsive gambling.
By Trudy Annand, RPC
For years, I have been asked the question, "What is an Intervention?" With the introduction of A&E´s television show, "Intervention,"more people are being introduced to the theory of interventions. Interventions are not a new concept in fact Vernon Johnson developed the first model in the 1960´s. The three models primarily used today include the Johnson, ARISE, and the Systemic Models.
Interventionists generally determine which model to use based on the circumstances presented by the family. Originally, the Johnson model was developed for alcohol and drug addiction; however, other addictions such as gambling, sex, eating disorders, computer/ internet, and shopping addiction are successfully intervened on by using these techniques. In addition to family interventions, workplace and executive interventions are commonly carried out. For this article, I will use the term "concerned persons" to include all types of interventions.
The Interventionist works with the concerned persons to form the appropriate intervention team, develop strategies for the intervention, provide education on addiction, assess the needs for referral and make arrangements with the appropriately identified residential alcohol and drug treatment program, and transport the client to such facility.
Interventions that are properly executed allow the concerned persons to begin resolving the hurt and anger that has developed by the relationship with the addicted individual. Through properly facilitated interventions, concerned persons are transformed in ways that are necessary for lasting change to occur within the addicted individual.
Interventionists require specialized training to guide concerned persons through the intervention process successfully. Although a background is addictions and human behaviour is essential, intervention training is paramount. It takes a great amount of knowledge, skill, and flexibility to become an Interventionist. When enquiring about an Interventionist, ask how long they have been doing interventions, how they conduct them, what training they have had, and if they are certified. It is important that you trust the Interventionist!
Trudy Annand is a Senior Interventionist with AXIS Intervention Services Ltd. She is a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists and conducts interventions throughout Canada for families, employers and executives. See below for more information on Trudy.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON INTERVENTIONS
For individuals who require additional information about interventions are recommended to visit a site created by Vaughn Howland, an interventionist located in the United States.
Increasingly, families are choosing to perform their own interventions. While you may decide, in the end, to perform your own intervention you may still consider having the interventionists listed in this directory to assist in a consulting capacity.
The listings below include known interventionists in Canada. Interventionists regularly travel to other cities. For rates please contact the interventionist directly.
Note: This website does not list interventionists based out of the United States. If you would like a listing of American interventionists visit the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) or Contact Us at canadadrugrehab.ca for a list of recommended US-based interventionists.
Qualifications: Trudy is a Registered Professional Counsellor and a Master Practitioner in Counselling Psychology who offers individual and group counselling for addictions and is a board certified Interventionist. Trudy has participated in numerous interventions with families and is able to travel to provide her intervention service. Trudy is also a Certified Interventionist and a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists. Trudy has planned and participated in numerous interventions with alcoholics and drug addicts.
Trudy has personally experienced alcoholism and understands first-hand the effects of addiction and how difficult it is to change your life to bring an end to substance abuse.
In her own words: "It is important that interventions are planned and facilitated with a certified intervention specialist. By the time an intervention is sought, most concerned persons have tried everything they possibly could to help the individual struggling with the addiction. Statistics show that it takes an average of seven years for a concerned person to seek help dealing with the addicted individual. Often the concerned person feels a high level of frustration and anger with the addicted individual because everything they have tried has not worked. Concerned persons may feel betrayed, confused, guilty and defensive and sometimes they blame each other, themselves and the addicted individual for their own difficulties. It is imperative that these feelings are worked through with the Interventionist in order to intervene on the addict in a safe and respectful manner.
The Interventionist is the one person in the room who is not emotionally attached to the addicted individual, allowing an objective process to take place through monitored respect and love of the addicted individual."
Qualifications Sue Donaldson is a trained and Board Registered Interventionist who has conducted many successful interventions. She is a full member of the Association of Intervention Specialists , a Registered Social Worker and Certified Executive Coach. She brings her 15 years of experience in Mental Health and Addictions working with individuals, families, groups and organizations, in both residential and outpatient settings. She has extensive counselling, coaching and facilitation training which she draws upon when working with individuals and groups to move them towards change and a positive outcome. She is energetic, utilizes humour liberally and has been described as tenacious - all of which combine to put the intervention participants at ease while, staying with the goal of getting the affected individual to accept help. She has offices located in Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo and also travels all North American or international destinations to facilitate interventions.
Sue lives with her family in Victoria, British Columbia, daily celebrating and relishing the fruits of her own 21 years of sobriety.
In her own words: With the support, guidance and facilitation of an intervention specialist, the family or workplace can play a critical role in supporting the addicted individual to get the help they need. Often people are quite desperate by the time they seek this type of support and the situation has often deteriorated significantly. Most people don't really understand that addiction is a chronic, progressive - and often ultimately fatal - disease, and therefore don't know how to confront the issue in a helpful way. They are often trapped in a cycle of despair, blame, anger and futile attempts to control or change the situation. Because circumstances vary widely, the intervention is individually structured based upon a thorough assessment of the family or organization and the situation. This customized approach best ensures an optimal, two-fold outcome: the addictive person agrees to accept treatment and the family or workplace is able to openly identify and address the problem - often for the first time - and learn how to support and participate in the recovery process.
Qualifications: James and Janice are highly skilled intervention specialists with years of experience in the addictions field. James´ experience as a lawyer and mediator provide him with the necessary skills to take charge of difficult clients dealing with addiction problems. In addition to his legal degree, James has a Masters of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management. Janice´s expertise as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse includes mental health and addictions, psycho geriatrics, sexual abuse and family violence, and eating disorders. Together, James and Janice have the expertise to handle many self destructive behaviours including
- drug and/or alcohol problems
- disordered eating including bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive overeating
- computer addiction
- sex addiction
- issues facing seniors
- mental health challenges
In their own words: Our philosophy is that an intervention is the best thing you can do for the person you care about that needs your help. Their approach is to provide professional guidance and support throughout every aspect of the intervention, letting their clients know that they are being served by competent and caring professionals.
Janice and James recognize that each intervention is a unique experience for that family or business. They believe that what may work for one family or business may not work for another. Nothing is taken for granted and Janice and James ensure that everything is done to make the intervention a success.
James and Janice have offices in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria. They will travel anywhere in North America or internationally to facilitate an intervention.
Janice and James live in Nanaimo BC with their three young boys. They have a blended family and have grown through many challenges to enjoy a balanced life and a happy fulfilling marriage.
Kathleen has two offices for your convenience
North Vancouver in Deep Cove
2588 Badger Road
Vancouver in Yaletown
977 Mainland Street
Qualifications: Kathleen Landry MCS RCC has conducted hundreds of successful interventions, ranging from drug abuse, sexual inappropriateness, compulsive gambling, over work and many more destructive behaviors. Kathleen is a Bowen Family system s therapist that believes that that addiction is a family disease that needs a family solution. Her gentle intervention process derived from her experience in family systems and the intervention approach outlined by Debra Jay's book "No More Letting Go, The Spirituality Of Taking Action Against Alcoholism And Drug Addiction."
In her Own Words: At Kathleen Landry and Associates, an intervention is the loving process into a troubled person's life to help motivate them to change and seek help. It is a process that begins long before the troubled person is even spoken to and continues long after the person seeks help. It involves the caring support of the troubled person's closest friends, family and business associates. It is a process that brings the person's "bottom up" rather than waiting for the person to "sink to the bottom"
Joey Marcelli - CCRC, CIADI, CIMI
Global Interventions and Consulting
#202 1651 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y3
Phone: (604) 880-3036
Toll-Free: 1(855) 857-6771
Credentials: Joey is an Internationally Certified Level II Masters Interventionist and instructor and is a member in good standings with the National Association of Drug & Alcohol Interventionists. He is also a certified addictions specialist and has worked with all levels of addiction and behavioral issues. Joey holds certifications in Conflict Resolution / Anger Management and Satir Systemic Family therapy.
In His Own Words: "Working with families performing interventions has been a passion of mine for many years and I believe that recovery is a family process."
Patricia is an Addiction Specialist Consultant & Interventionist and Family Coach that believes in a holistic approach with a client-centered focus. Her professional belief in terms of addiction comes from a clear understanding of treating addiction as an "attachment disorder." Ms. Pike has a passion for helping and educating families by using the Johnson model (surprise intervention approach) and the Family System model (educating families of behaviors related to the cycle of addiction). Ms. Pike emigrated to the United States 7 years ago, however, continues to serve many areas of Canada.
Qualifications: Patricia has worked in the chemical dependency field for over 19 years both in United States & Canada also has offices in both countries. Ms. Pike received a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification (LAADC) in 2011, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification (CADC-II) in the state of California in 2004 and International Certified Addiction Counselor certification (ICADC) in 2001. Patricia is also a candidate member of the Association of Intervention Specialist and has 20 years in recovery from her own addiction.
In her own words: "Many families have made numerous, unsuccessful attempts to help their suffering loved ones. They may have tried various approaches to control or "fix" the addicted or struggling individual or they may have sought help to relieve their suffering from resources such as friends, clergy, doctors, lawyers and other professionals. Despite these efforts, families often find little consolation and the addict, alcoholic, or mentally ill individual continue to struggle. Frustration, fear and anger build, disrupting the family unit until they reach the "jumping off point" and seek professional help. Freedom from pain within a family unit is important for the addicted person's healing.
"Interventions can be the ground work to provide initial stages of healing and recovery for all involved. Admitting there's a problem to others creates a unified bond within a family unit. The result is validation, hope, self-forgiveness and, ultimately, the strength to get help.
"Addiction is a "family disease" and until it has been arrested, nothing will change; it is just another day filled with the same problems and same cycle of pain, much like the addicted person."
Darrin J. Taylor, BA AISC
Axis Intervention Services Limited
8-3101 29th Street
Vernon, BC V1T 5A8
Phone: (250) 545-1898
Toll-free: 1(866) 455-2947
Toll-free: 1(866) 455-2947
Qualifications: Darrin is the Lead Interventionist and Addictions Counsellor at Axis Intervention Services. He travels throughout North America to facilitate interventions on behalf of families and employers. Founded in 1999, Axis is first and foremost in the business of facilitating interventions. As a graduate of Queen's University and a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists, he brings a diverse professional background and a great deal of passion to his work. At Axis, Darrin also offers a variety of services to his clients including pre-assessments, family/individual counselling, treatment placement, patient transfer services, continuing care group therapy, recovery monitoring and drug testing. Darrin draws on his personal experience with the disease of addiction conveying a firm yet genuinely compassionate approach. Thoroughly preparing families and supporting them through the intervention and treatment process is a top priority at Axis. If required, Darrin works closely with treatment facilities acting as a liaison between them and families while the patient is in treatment.
In his own words: At Axis, we believe that the intervention is a unique opportunity for the family and those closest to the addicted individual to begin healing long standing hurts and begin a path toward recovery. An intervention must be thoroughly planned and based in honesty, truth and openness not in shame, anger, or blame. Although each intervention is unique, the goal remains the same: speak to the heart of the addicted individual allowing them to make an informed decision to accept immediate help. Families will be supported and prepared to establish boundaries and/or consequences as a necessary part of the intervention process. Our experience has prepared us to address many addictive behaviours including:
Drugs and alcohol
Gaming or internet addictions
We also specialize in interventions on high profile individuals requiring discreet treatment placement and private patient transfer services. At Axis, we have succeeded in getting individuals to accept treatment approximately 95% of the time since 1999.
Qualifications: Cory is the Executive Director of Intervention Services Canada. Cory has worked in a variety of disciplines within the Social Services and Human Development field. With a degree in Human and Social Development, and as the holder of International Drug and Alcohol Certification (ICADC), Cory has clinical experience in dealing with complex problematic substance use and the ancillary issues that often accompany addiction. Further, Cory is a certified Substance Abuse Professional as defined by the United States Department of Transportation.
In His Own Words: Our Intervention process never fails, and we stand by those words. I launched ISC for two reasons; to ensure quality control over the Intervention process, and to control the overall cost to the family. Our mission is to have an Interventionist stationed in every Province. Right now, we have professionals available in B.C., Ontario, and Quebec. By hiring one of our Interventionists, you can trust that the process is methodical. We also carry insurance, which I feel is very important to give families peace of mind and this clearly differentiates our services from other independent Intervention consultants. By managing a team of Intervention Professionals across Canada, I believe we have the advantage. We are positioned to be more accessible to the family’s needs, timeline, and we have the ability through our own unique profile assessments to match families with the strengths, abilities and personalities of our Professionals. – Cory Wint, MA, ICADC
James Canniff, Chartered Psychologist, PhD, MEd, CSATII
Canniff and Associates
11503 124 St.
Edmonton, AB T5M 0K5
Suite 400, 1100 - 8th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3T8
Ph.: (403) 234-7970
Qualifications: Dr. Jim Canniff has been in private practice in Alberta since 1983. Through his practice he heads a team of therapists with expertise in counseling, assessment and consultation of adults, teens and children.
His practice currently includes Foster Care Programs, Teen Groups, Addiction Groups, including Sexual Addiction. Jim also provides support for a variety of professional assistance programs working with physicians, pharmacists and other professionals struggling with substance abuse or other maladaptive behaviours. As the Director, Jim addresses issues for these groups on a daily basis. He works actively to promote a healthier environment for his clients, his employees and his community.
His voice has been heard on national radio, and he has appeared on national television addressing child care issues. Jim has presented internationally as well, at various conferences on addiction issues and aftercare.
Jim has been called to the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen´s Bench as an expert witness on matters of sexual abuse, and child custody and access.
For nearly twenty years he has had the opportunity to present on various topics to groups such as the Child Welfare League of America, B.C. Interior Child Care Workers´ Association, Alberta Child Care Workers´ Association, Foster Parent, groups and many smaller associations/groups.
Qualifications: Suzie Le Brocq is an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counsellor through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. She is also a Master Practitioner in Counselling Psychology through the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. She has 12 years of global experience primarily with individuals and families dealing with addiction and eating disorders.
In her own words: " As a private therapist I have a lifelong passion for working with people. I thrive on what is learnt from every treatment experience and I maintain a level of humor, honesty and fairness in my work. Recognizing the importance of treating addiction as a family disease; I work predominately with a cognitive-behavioural model of therapy focusing on the relationship between a person's thinking, emotions and behaviours. Treating the family as a whole is key to the treatment I provide and this is also reflected in the systemic family interventions that Le Brocq Counselling & Life Services undertakes."
Qualifications: MJ is a Chartered Psychologist who specializes in addiction counselling, as well as depression, adult AD/HD, trauma and interpersonal skills workshops.
In her own words: "Through honest, direct, solution-oriented discussion we can identify appropriate options and resources. My approach is tailored to each individual´s needs.
When someone needs help but refuses to accept it, an intervention can be appropriate. This is an action taken when a person is involved in self-destructive behaviour. It involves preparing a select group of people to provide non-judgmental feedback and encourage the individual to participate in a course of treatment. Consequences of not making a behavioural change are clearly outlined. It allows individuals and/or families to rest assured they have made a concerted effort to positively influence the situation."
Qualifications: Maureen is a well known and respected Canadian psychotherapist, Addictions Counsellor, Interventionist , Consultant and Educator. She is also an Imago Relationship therapist who works with couples in recovery. She has been in successful private practices since 1985 in both Vancouver and Toronto.
With over 35 years of experience in the addictions field, Maureen has vast knowledge and expertise. She is a former Director of the Donwood Institute Treatment Centre in Toronto.
In her own words: "I have always believed in the power of interventions as a method of interrupting the progressive, destructive effects of an addiction rather than waiting for the person to "hit bottom". The sooner it is initiated the better. A Guided Intervent ion is a procedure used to save the life of someone who is unaware or in denial of an alcohol, drug or other process addictions. It can be equated to the use of C.P.R. to treat cardiac arrest - it is a gift of love from concerned people."
Qualifications: Rosemary is certified as an addiction counsellor with CACCF (Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation) and offers specialized help for families with an alcohol or drug problem. Rosemary is also a trained Intervention Specialist, coaching families on how to help someone who doesn't want help. In addition to her private practice, Rosemary facilitates workshops to train other professionals in Intervention, and offers an Intervention internship program.
Rosemary has been invited to speak on intervention to many community organizations, and was a guest on the Canada wide Drew Marshall radio talk show and has appeared twice on Rogers TV Medical Intelligence Show.
In her own words: "There is a lingering myth in our society that until an alcoholic or addict reaches their bottom, nothing can be done to stop this self-destructive process.
Today more people are becoming aware of the Intervention Process which, simply put, is a way of presenting the reality of the addict's addiction in a caring way so that it can be heard by the alcoholic/addict. Sometimes this happens when a friend or family member has the courage and insight to tell a loved one how their addiction is affecting them and those around him/her. The alcoholic experiences a moment of truth and seek help. Sometimes it requires the combined effort of several family members, friends, employer etc. to break through the defense system of the addict
With the help of a trained Intervention Specialist, this team (of friends and family) can be educated about the nature of addictions. They learn about the enabling process and identify their part in the merry-go round of denial. Through specific training, they will learn how to present the reality of the addict´s behaviour and the harm it is causing in a non-judgmental, respectful and caring way. This process usually takes about ten to twelve hours; the actual intervention takes approximately half an hour. Treatment is pre-arranged so the addict leaves the intervention and goes directly to treatment."
Qualifications: Sam has a master of education in Counselling Psychology and was trained as an addiction counsellor at the Hazelden Foundation in Center City, Minnesota. He has counselled in both outpatient and residential settings and has been counselling and coaching people since 1984.
In his own words: "I believe that no matter how hopeless you feel or how terrible your current situation seems to be, there is a way out. The solution for many people begins with the awareness that they cannot solve their problems on their own.
Individual and group services are offered to family members, friends and associates who seek to assist the addicted person in breaking the destructive cycle of dependency. By learning to work as a ´united front,´ they can effectively encourage the addicted person to seek help.
I encourage you to reach out and ask for help."
Programs that treat the physical aspects of alcohol and drug misuse such as withdrawal management (detox), addiction medicine, drug testing and methadone maintenance. For more information see the Medical Section.
Programs offered once or twice a week with, typically one to three hours per session and are either government-funded (free) or private (ranging $50 to $200 / hour depending on therapist qualifications). Meals and accommodation are NOT provided. For more information see the Outpatient Section.
Programs that provide counseling, meals and accommodation. Primary Treatment (usually 30 days) is intensive therapy followed by Support Recovery (usually 6 months or longer) where clients learn to transition back to society. Government-funded residential treatment is usually no cost or $50 per day but requires a referral from a family doctor, medical detox or government-funded outpatient clinic. Private treatment can range from $200 to $500 per day and does not require a referral. For more information see the Residential Section.
Meetings are social gatherings for people who desire to stop drinking (AA, LifeRing, etc.), drugs (NA, CA) or have a loved one that is struggling with alcohol or drugs (Al-Anon, Nar-Anon). These groups are NOT therapy. For more information see the Meetings section.
Trained professionals that assist families with family members who refuse to get help with an addiction. Fees are not covered by the government and can cost hundreds of dollars up to $5000 (plus travel expenses) depending on the interventionist. For more information see the Find an Interventionist section.