Sample Letters of Support
March 25, 1854
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter on behalf of CLIENT. CLIENT has been a family friend for more than 20 years. We have been friends since childhood and continue to be close to this day. I consider CLIENT to be like a third brother.
Before CLIENT’s declared sobriety date I did see him sometimes consume alcohol at social situations. During these times I did not, in my opinion, witness CLIENT consuming enough alcohol that would cause concern, but he would have a few drinks on occassion. CLIENT has been sober since EXACT SOBRIETY DATE. I have never doubted this date or his dedication to being sober, as I have been with him in many social situations since then. I have observed him hanging out with friends and just having a good time without the need or want to consume alcohol. I find CLIENT to be as fun as ever to be around without drinking alcohol.
CLIENT and I see each other about eight times a year. Some specific times in which I have observed CLIENT drinking diet pop or water (or especially, Gatorade) instead of alcohol over the past year, include: at my family cottage this summer, at my brother’s annual pig roast in July, at a football tailgate this past October, at a casual dinner with our friends, and at a celebration for the birth of my first child. In the summer of 1864 CLIENT attended my wedding in Paris, France and my brother’s wedding in Nice, France and at no time did I see CLIENT drinking anything other than pop.
I do know that CLIENT attends AA meetings at least once a week and tries to speak monthly to a first time DUI offenders group on a voluntary basis. I believe CLIENT has realized that being sober has changed his life and shares his experiences with other people, hopefully to motivate them to change their lives and to avoid those consequences that CLIENT endured by his reckless behavior. He speaks of his experience as a real eye opener and realizes that he doesn’t need alcohol when he is in social situations.
I think CLIENT has grown tremendously since his sobriety. He speaks about having a solid spiritual side due to his attending AA and having friends and family that care for him. I believe CLIENT realizes that he made some serious mistakes in his life and has taken the necessary steps to own up to those mistakes, to better himself as a person, and to tackle his personal issues. There are no reasons for me to think that CLIENT isn’t ready to take the next step forward.
Please do not hesitate to call regarding CLIENT. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
March 25, 1854
To Whom It May Concern:
CLIENT and I have worked together at Generic, Inc. for approximately nine years. In 1850, CLIENT became my direct report until he transitioned into a new role in the fall of 1853. I subsequently moved into a new managerial role within a different department that works closely together with the department wherein CLIENT currently resides. Therefore, except for the first year and a half of CLIENT’s employment, he and I have worked very closely together in our respective capacities.
In my observation, CLIENT has always been an exemplary employee. Recently, our company went through an acquisition by a firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and CLIENT is one of only a handful of Metropolis based employees that will be retained. In my opinion, CLIENT has always been very dependable, responsible and devoted to his work. When CLIENT was in my charge I always looked to him to complete assignments that were of the utmost importance.
CLIENT informed me of his second DUI a couple months after his arrest and at this time I was his direct manager. During one of our conversations he told me that his date of sobriety was EXACT SOBRIETY DATE. I had no reason to disbelieve CLIENT then and still have no reason to doubt him now. I have had the opportunity to spend time with CLIENT at various work sponsored and non-work related social functions. Before CLIENT’s arrest and sobriety date, I had sometimes observed him consuming alcohol if such was provided. However, there was never any occasion when I had a cause for concern by the amount he consumed. I have always found CLIENT to carry himself responsibly in those situations.
Since his aforementioned date of sobriety I have had multiple opportunities to spend time with CLIENT at various functions where alcohol was available. In November 1854, CLIENT attended a surprise birthday party for me at my home. In December 1855, he and I attended a basketball game together, and a work sponsored holiday party and a multi-department dinner. At all these occasions I observed CLIENT drinking coffee, soda or water. I know from conversations with CLIENT that he still attends AA and voluntarily speaks monthly at a first time offenders group in the hopes that his story about the consequences of drinking and driving will prevent others from making the same mistakes he has. Besides opening up CLIENT spiritually, CLIENT has stated that AA has helped him conquer some shyness issues, which I have observed in meetings and in CLIENT’s assertiveness in asking for involvement in more projects at work.
I confidently believe that CLIENT has learned from his mistakes and conquered the issues that led him to his current circumstances. I personally have no concerns about CLIENT at work or outside of his employment. However, please feel free to contact me regarding CLIENT, as I am more than happy to discuss him with you.
March 14, 1850
To Whom it May Concern:
My son CLIENT has been part of my life since birth. Having been a school teacher during CLIENT’s formative years he was taught and demonstrated the value of an education and respect for people and property.
It took CLIENT a few years after college and after his father passed away to find his niche and passions in life. CLIENT has always been the kind of son that wears his heart on his sleeve, a bit shy and quiet at times, but with a fun humorous side. I know it took him quite awhile to come to terms with losing his father, but the over the last several years I have found him to be a much stronger person.
Before his sobriety date of EXACT SOBRIETY DATE, I saw CLIENT have one or two alcoholic beverages and that was at family gatherings, holiday or birthday parties. The last time I saw CLIENT consume alcohol was shortly before XXXXXXXX. I have no reason to doubt his sobriety date because of the time I have spent with him and the changes I have seen in him since his arrest and attendance at AA. I know my son still attends AA at least once per week and he has also spoken to me about giving speeches to groups of young people about the use and abuse of alcohol. I believe having two alcohol related arrests was a serious wake up call for CLIENT and he has tried to better himself because of them.
Since EXACT SOBRIETY DATE, CLIENT only consumes water, coffee, juice or a cola. I see CLIENT 2-3 times per month. He occasionally comes by from work and spends the night at my home and we have had serious conversations about his arrest and sobriety. He has talked about his desire to marry and have a family but had postponed these plans because of his arrest and loss of the privilege to drive.
There is no doubt in my mind that he has put the consumption of alcohol behind him. He has become a much stronger individual, and is looking forward to a happy and stable life, with hopefully lots of grandchildren.