Step 2: “What is the Ruin of the Addict?”
The addict has things in his/her past or present that seem like devastating events and which have something to do with drugs. One example is a person that has lost one of his best friends to addiction. Another example is a person losing his wife and child over drug abuse. A family member can look at an addict’s life and see hundreds of reasons he/she should quit using, but unfortunately these reasons are not REAL to the addict. There are, however, problems the addict encounters that are real or significant in the addict’s life, which he or she sees as a reason to quit using drugs. These are important to identify because they can be used during the intervention to remind the addict why he or she must seek help.