Family Intervention Letters
When trying to convince a loved one to go into a treatment program during a planned intervention, family intervention letters are a common tactic utilized. The intervention specialist asks family and friends that will be attending the intervention to prepare a statement in advance, in the form of 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 essentially 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. Addiction can cause the addict to experience a lot of guilt and shame, making it even more challenging to reach out for support. Reminding the addict that the family still loves him/her is an important aspect of the family intervention.
- The desired outcome – The family must state what they hope the addict will accomplish. I.e. completing the treatment program, returning to work following recovery, etc. The desired outcome, as with the rest of the intervention letters, should be explicit and clear.
Family intervention letters are an important and an effective tool in persuading addicts to get the help that they need. Clearly stating the ultimatum, your concern for your loved one’s well-being, and the desired outcome can help encourage the addict to receive the treatment they so desperately need.