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An Intervention Letter

An Intervention Letter to my Cousin Beth

It has come to my attention that you have become addicted to methamphetamine. Perhaps, I should start by letting you know that I love you for the person you have been and the person I am certain you can be. It is heart-breaking to see that you have become so ill, and particularly, it becomes even more heart-breaking for a person who really cares about you. Addiction is a horrible disease, and from what I can see, it has already robbed you of your happiness and family, and it has also taken along your health and strength. Through the years, I have realized that change requires one to come out of their comfort zones. I have also realized that my repeated efforts to shield you and your family from the detrimental consequences of substance abuse have only blinded you from the solemnity or gravity of your illness. I have always been there to pick up the pieces, and this has seemingly prevented you from seeing the reality. My consistent presence has facilitated the flourishing of your addiction. So, from now henceforth, I refuse to be a barrier between you and the reality of your addiction.

Far from that, there are many issues that I would like to discuss with you but it generally boils down to this; drug abuse has serious consequences and it is about time that you considered seeking treatment. In my entire life, I have never come across someone who abuses your drug of choice. Evidence suggests that most individuals, even the most irresponsible ones, would not dare to abuse meth. Parkour and free diving are some of the examples of dangerous hobbies, but none of them is as risky as the drug you take. After it became apparent that you are grappling with addiction, I spent some time doing research on the chances of your recovery. Maybe, I should outline to you the findings of my research; did you know that not more than six percent of female methamphetamine addicts recover fully? Sixty-one per cent of women who successfully finish rehabilitation relapse into addiction once again within one year after treatment (Brecht, Mary-Lynn, and Herbeck 1). Often, it requires six to nine attempts at rehabilitation to recuperate from dependence on meth. Even then, most women who are determined to make a full recovery do not live long enough to fulfil their wishes since the drug kills them first.

Despite these startling facts, I still believe that you have got more chances and reasons to recover than anyone else. Do not let these statistics discourage you. Instead, let them give you the motivation to achieve a full recovery. Now that one of the country’s most successful treatment facilities has accepted to take you in, view it as a lifetime opportunity to salvage your life. Everyone around you longs for the day that you will recover, from your parents to your siblings to friends and relatives. They are more than willing to do anything within their reach to see your life turn around. Your little girl needs you more than anyone else, a cool beautiful girl I should add, who is sweet and full of life. Finally, this might sound selfish, but I should say it anyway; I am perhaps one of the good reasons why you should bid goodbye to meth.

Yours Faithfully,

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