Substance abuse impacts not only those abusing drugs or alcohol, but also their families, loved ones, coworkers, friends, and society in general. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that substance abuse costs American society around $600 billion a year in healthcare costs, lost production costs, and crime-related expenses.
Addiction is defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as a disease, one that is chronic and relapsing, that affects brain circuitry, resulting in compulsive drug-seeking and using behaviors. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) of 2014, approximately 21.5 million adults over the age of 12 in the United States suffered from a substance use disorder in the prior year.
Many times, individuals battling addiction and substance abuse may not recognize, or want to admit, that a problem exists, and they may deny that they could benefit from treatment. Loved ones can decide to host an intervention to motivate individuals into a specialized treatment program that can aid in their recovery and improve overall quality of life. An intervention is a structured meeting that may include many people from all sectors of a person’s life – anyone who may be affected by the person’s substance abuse. The event is meant to help individuals recognize the need to seek help and enter into a treatment program of their own volition.
To best ensure a successful result, a set plan should be in place going into an intervention, in order to help keep things on track and to help loved ones remember what they wanted to say and the points they need to get across. Sometimes, it may be easier to read from a letter or give the letter to another person to read during an intervention. At times, family members may not be able to be present at an intervention, and letters may be a way for them to be heard during the meeting as well.
To best ensure a successful result, a set plan should be in place going into an intervention, in order to help keep things on track and to help loved ones remember what they wanted to say and the points they need to get across.
Other Tips to Writing the Letter
On many fronts, an intervention letter can be a useful tool during an intervention. There are some general guidelines for scripting an intervention letter, such as:
A professional interventionist can guide the entire planning process, including the process of writing intervention letters. While an interventionist is always invaluable in structuring and leading an intervention, hiring a professional is essential if the subject of the intervention has a history of mental illness, violence, or self-harm.
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