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Resources for Families

  At Interventions Canada We have wealth of professional knowledge and experience for the treatment of substance abuse disorders, mental health conditions and behavioral health. Ms. Pike has over 25 years working both in the United States and Canada. Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable, and many people do recover. Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function because of the disorder. (Reference from Samsha)

For Example:

Serious mental illness is defined by someone over 18 having (within the past year) a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

For people under the age of 18, the term “Serious Emotional Disturbance” refers to a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year, which resulted in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child’s role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.

Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.

What is Mental Health? (Reference from Samsha) Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and helps determine how we manage stress, relate to others, and make choices.

What is substance use disorder? (Reference from John Hopkins Medicine)

Substance use disorder is the medical term used to describe a pattern of using a substance (drug) that causes significant problems or distress. This may be missing work or school, using the substance in dangerous situations, such as driving a car. It may lead to substance-related legal problems, or continued substance use that interferes with friendships, family relationships, or
both.Substance use disorder, as a recognized medical brain disorder, refers to the use of illegal substances, such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine. Or the misuse of legal substances, such as alcohol, nicotine, or prescription medicines. Alcohol is the most common legal drug associated with substance use disorder.

Opioid Use Disorder:

Opiod use disorder, or opioid addiction, is a chronic disease that affects millions of Americans. While heroin addiction has affected many Americans for decades, there has been more attention on the opioid epidemic in recent years due to rise in opioid overdose deaths and spread of heroin to parts of the country that did not have it. (Reference from John Hopkins Medicine)

Heroin is an opioid analgesic synthesized from morphine. Morphine occurs naturally in the seeds of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin is 2-4 times stronger than morphine. It appears as a white or brown powder or as a black gummy substance. Illicit heroin contains adulterants and potentially toxic substances used to dilute the drug.


The intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine and liquor is ethyl alcohol. It is a central nervous system depressant, absorbed rapidly from the stomach and small intestines into the bloodstream. Alcohol affects the brain within 10 minutes after consumption and affects all body organs.

The way alcohol affects the brain and body depends on the amount consumed.A drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or
1.5 ounces of liquor. Moderate consumption is considered 1 drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. Binge drinking occurs after 4 drinks for a woman and 5 drinks for a man within 2 hours. This correlates to a blood alcohol level of .08g/dl. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), defines heavy drinking as 5 or more drinks on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days.


Last year, over 80,000 Canadian teenagers used prescription drugs to get high, even though it can be extremely dangerous. What are prescription pain relievers? Prescription pain relievers include the opioid class of drugs, such as hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin), oxycodone (i.e., OxyContin), morphine, fentanyl, and codeine.

Opioids work by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, attaching to receptors in the brain to block the perception of pain.
Opioids can produce drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and slow breathing. Opioids also can induce euphoria by affecting the brain regions that mediate what we perceive as pleasure.


What is marijuana? Reference from Samsha and Nida Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other related compounds.

Extracts with high amounts of THC can also be made from the cannabis plant (see “Marijuana Extracts”). Marijuana use comes with real risks that can impact a person’s health and life are more common when a person takes too much, the marijuana has an unexpectedly high potency, or the person is inexperienced. People who have taken large doses of marijuana may experience an acute psychosis, which includes hallucinations, delusions, and a loss of the sense of personal identity. These unpleasant but temporary reactions are distinct from longer-lasting psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, which may be associated with the use of marijuana in vulnerable individuals.

Approximately 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted. When they start before
age 18, the rate of addiction rises to 1 in 6.

The following is a screening tool that can help you determine if your loved one has a problem and/or to help your family too with professional help.

If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions, you need to seek professional help:

Information on mental health and substance abuse disorders

The following links are to provide you with additional mental health and addiction information.