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How to Write an Intervention Letter

How to Write an Intervention LetterWriting an intervention letter to someone you love is a difficult task that requires careful treading. An intervention letter can result in hostility from your loved one, if caution is not practiced. An effective letter should include the following topics in the following order:

  • Love and affection – Be clear in affirming that you deeply love and care for the addicted individual. Express how much they mean to you and that you are thankful for them.
  • Good memories – Recall specific memories where you shared positive experiences in San Diego. Be detailed in reminiscing about the fun you had together and how it made you feel. Explain how much those times meant to you and how you cherish them.
  • Negative behavior when under the influence – Recollect specific incidents about your loved one’s inappropriate behavior while intoxicated. Describe how their behavior affected you. Be honest about any feelings of hurt, anger, embarrassment and more. Discuss the impact their behavior has had on your relationship. State facts and provide graphic details of certain incidents such as the time, location and date. Describe who was there, what happened and how you felt about it.
  • Get professional treatment – Ask your loved one to seek professional help, and have treatment options available with detailed information. Explain that there will be consequences for failing to seek treatment and complete a recovery program. Only set consequences that you are able to enforce, and provide  a clear ultimatum. Offer to help and support your loved one’s recovery in any way possible.
  • Reaffirmation – End the letter restating your love, support and affection. Explain that you are not judging or looking down upon your loved one, you just want him or her to get better. Write how treatment will benefit the addict and all friends and family members.

When writing an intervention letter, avoid making general accusations. Be open and honest about your feelings even if you think it may hurt the addicted individual. Do not share your letter with anyone until the actual intervention takes place. Seeking professional advice in planning an intervention can provide better results.

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Interventionist

A professional interventionist will offer experience and knowledge in staging interventions. An interventionist will plan the event down to the last detail, so you can be stress free. He or she will offer advice on who should be involved in the process and what will be an appropriate time and location for it to be held. They are specifically trained and equipped to offer the following:

  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Training for friends and family to better understand addiction
  • Advice as to what should and should not be said during an intervention
  • Information about details of an intervention that would normally be looked over
  • Plan, conduct and execute an entire intervention

Professional help will offer the best results in executing an intervention and getting the treatment needed for a successful recovery.

Need Help in Planning an Intervention?

If you or someone you know needs help planning an intervention for a loved one struggling with addiction, please call our toll-free number. We are standing by 24 hours a day to help your loved one recover. Don’t be held captive by addiction any longer. Call us today.