Situational Mediation for Addiction Intervention

Situational Mediation for Addiction Intervention

Addiction is a major problem in the United States and no matter what someone is addicted to, it tends to permeate families and societies in a detrimental way. Addiction tends to fall into two categories: chemical and behavioral. Though when many people think of “harmful” addiction they think of things like drugs and alcohol, addiction can take many forms including gambling, pornography, sex, eating disorders, and much more. It can be very hard for family, friends, and co-workers to watch someone experience addiction because it often doesn’t make “logical” sense to our non-addicted minds. Why would someone continue down a path that is obviously harmful, dangerous, or negatively impacting their life? Why won’t they just stop or ask for help? No matter how much we love or care about someone, it can be very frustrating to experience a loved one in the throes of addiction that is not seeking help. Holding an intervention can be extremely effective when executed correctly and well-supervised by an experienced addiction mediator.

Addiction of any kind is extremely complex and often far deeper than a surface-level dependency or perceived ‘weakness.’ There is often trauma, mental illness, mood disorders, and other things that can distort someone’s thinking and make it difficult to simply “stop” an addiction. We don’t always know what happened in someone’s childhood or life, or understand the depth of despair or self-loathing that may plague of their inner world. This is not an excuse but, rather, an important piece of information that a mediator may be able to help uncover and inform the intervention conversation so that the intervention can be more productive, safe, and helpful.

Additionally, the reality is, addiction and co-dependency often go hand in hand. Co-dependent behavior is simply another form of addiction and it may be enabling an addict’s behavior. It is natural to want to help and protect our loved ones but many people do not understand the important role they may be playing in their loved one’s addiction. An experienced mediator is an impartial third party that is more equipped to notice addictive thinking and behavior that arises during an intervention, making them able to better engage participants during an intervention and facilitate more effective communication. Mediators are in a much better position to raise awareness and influence both the addict and other participant’s behavior in a more transformative way. If your loved one is experiencing an addiction of any kind and you think an intervention may be beneficial, it is essential to work with an experienced addiction counselor and mediator to facilitate your intervention in a safe and productive way.

How to stage an addiction intervention?

Most people addicted to some kind of habit find it difficult to get out their situation. Moreover, they fail to recognize the impact of addiction in the lives of others. Hence, focused interventions are necessary to help them address these problems. These sessions involve talking about the user and their behavior. During divorce proceedings, group interventions are largely effective.

Contact professionals

The first step is to call a professional mediator. It is essential to find someone with specialization and experience in family legal matters. Most importantly, these professionals are equipped with the right tools and resources to discuss such sensitive matters. The guidance of medicators is essential to break through the stubborn behavior of some individuals.

Emotional support

The support from loved ones is crucial to provide strength to the addicted person. However, divorce mediations are hostile meetings where two opposing parties discuss terms for their own goods. It is vital to break through this layer of selfishness and communicate the other partner during the initial stages.


Interventions are combative in nature. Hence, professional mediators work with a plan in mind. They create this plan by understanding the unique situation of an individual. They work closely with these persons and find out triggers that compel into such behaviors. The communication might come as dull and one-dimensional if there were no plan.


Every successful intervention involves a very successful information gathering stage. Mediators gather information about both the partners and also allow group members to share their own stories. This, aside from creating an amicable atmosphere, also brings out important life events and connections.


Setting boundaries is essential for addiction intervention and mediation. Mediators also set up consequences and decide countermeasures for them before the actual intervention. Each individual participating in the programs has their unique set of consequences.