When trying to convince a loved one to go into a treatment program during a planned intervention, family intervention letters are a common tactic that is utilized. The intervention specialist ask family and friends that will be attending the intervention to prepare a statement in advance, via a letter, that they will read during the meeting. The goal of the intervention letter is to express the following to addicts:
- An ultimatum – the goal is to tell an addict what they will lose if they do not agree to get help. A family member can say that they will simply never spend time with the addict anymore, or that they will stop supporting them financially. The ultimatum can essential involve taking away anything that the addict has come to appreciate or rely on, that they would regret losing.
- An expression of love and support – it is important for an addict to understand that their loved ones are taking action because they care about their well-being and potential for success in life.
- The desired outcome – family must state what they hope the addict will accomplish. I.e. completing the treatment program, returning to work following recovery etc.
Family intervention letters are an important and an effective tool in persuading addicts to get the help that they need.