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How to Write an Intervention Letter

How to Write an Intervention LetterNo matter the addiction, no Des Moines resident can succeed in treatment and recovery without putting the work themselves. However caring friends, family and intervention professionals can help an addict reach that point of commitment. The intervention letter is a powerful tool they can use.

Why Write an Intervention Letter?

Writing a letter may seem old-fashioned and quiet, but it is effective. Consider the following unique advantages:

  • Permanent. Even the most persuasive talk will fade from memory. The message of love in your intervention letter can be read and reread in challenging times.
  • Consistent. Once your letter is written, the message will stay the same.
  • Irrefutable. The addict’s mind will try to defend the habits of addiction by denying the case you make in your intervention. A clear written case is harder to deny.
  • Persistent. In any intervention you can expect a hostile reaction from the addict. Your letter will not waver in its message no matter how much anger it incites.

A simple letter, printed on paper, has powers that no amount of talking (or shouting) can match.

What to Say in an Intervention Letter

There is no standard intervention letter. Every situation and relationship is different, but there are a few messages almost every addict needs to hear and every family member wants to say. These include the following:

  • Love. A message of love and concern must begin the letter and permeate its content. Without love, you wouldn’t be writing the letter at all. Write about the fun times you shared and the challenges you faced together in Des Moines. Describe the times you spend recalling these memories and wishing you could do something to help.
  • Clarity. You may have been living with your loved one’s addiction so long that no description of the problem seems necessary, but to someone with an addiction the plain facts of the problem can be difficult to see. Spell out the problem. List all the things your loved one is losing because of addiction.
  • Faith. Someone with an addiction may have given up on themselves. Treatment and recovery is a difficult process, and no one can make it without believing recovery is possible. Express your faith in your loved one. Let him or her know you believe he or she can succeed in recovery.
  • Action. The love, faith and clarity you have conveyed should give your loved one the strength to move towards recovery. Outline the steps he or she can take immediately to begin treatment.

Even if you can skillfully write a letter that has all the preceding elements, you may not be able to get the results you want on your own. An intervention letter has the specific purpose of bringing your loved one the help he or she needs. Consider enlisting a professional interventionist or family mediator to aid you in the process. The experience of these professionals, both with interventions and the treatment that follows, can help you to craft the most effective letter possible.

Help an Addicted Loved One in Des Moines

When you are ready to help your addicted friend or family member, call our helpline. We are available 24 hours a day to offer advice, support and information. We can put you in touch with a family mediator or professional interventionist, and we can connect you to further recovery resources. All calls and phone services are free, so there is no reason to hesitate. Please call now.