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Can An Alcohol Treatment Center Help Me Stage an Intervention?

Addiction interventions have gained notoriety through television shows and popular culture. The intention of hosting an intervention is to not only convince the addict to go to treatment, it is to help the family recover and make changes that will promote the addict to recover. Interventions are often used when all other tactics to get the addict into treatment have failed. However, intervention can be used at any point in the progression of the disease, even at the early stages to prevent the disease from progressing to the point that it is even more difficult to treat.

You should never put together an intervention on your own. You should hire a certified interventionist to plan and oversee the intervention because they are trained in the areas of addiction, co-dependency, and handling situations that may arise during the intervention. You can find a professional interventionist through consulting addiction treatment centers.

The Different Models of Interventions

Your interventionist will work with you in determining the right model of intervention to use. Some interventionists may only use one type of intervention. The right model of intervention is variable per individual case; therefore, you should find an interventionist that is open to and is well-trained in executing all models of intervention.
The most common models of interventions that are used are:

The Johnson Model

The Johnson Model is based on the surprise element and confrontation. The family comes together to formulate consequences for the addict if he or she refuses to go to treatment. The addict is unaware that the intervention will take place in order to be pulled out of denial and be forced to confront the damage their addiction has caused.

The Invitational Model

The Invitational Model does not include any surprise elements or confrontation. One family member invited the addict to the intervention and fully discloses what will happen at the intervention. The addict can choose to come or not. Even if the addict does not come, the intervention will still go on. The theory is as long as the co-dependent structure is collapsed, the addict will seek help at some point.

Field Model

The Field Model is a combination of the Johnson Model and Invitational Model. It adapts per the situation. The interventionist makes decisions of which aspects from each model to use as the situation plays out.

Genesis House is located in Lake Worth, Florida. We understand the importance of family involvement in recovery. Our staff consists of addiction professionals who are trained to do interventions.

If you are interested in Genesis House to help you arrange an intervention, call us today at 800-737-0933

Can You Put Someone into a Florida Alcohol Treatment Center Unwillingly?

Watching your loved one go through addiction is devastating for you and your family. Unlike other diseases, addiction does not compel people to seek treatment immediately upon their diagnosis. Addiction is a disease that carries many consequences, including death, and you want to prevent your loved one from sinking to that level. You think that putting someone into treatment against their will is the most loving decision you can make for them, but the situation is much your complicated than that.

In most states, you cannot force someone into addiction treatment against their will if he or she is over the age of 18. There are some states who have certain laws and acts (e.g. Florida’s Marchman Act) where you can petition the court to put someone into addiction treatment against their will if you can prove certain circumstances.
•The addict is in danger of hurting himself or herself.

•The addict is in danger of hurting someone else.

•The addict’s mental state is so clouded that they are incompetent of making decisions for himself or herself.

•The addict has recently had an overdose or multiple overdoses.

If you live in Florida, you can petition the court to put your loved one in a Florida alcohol treatment center against their will if you petition the courts under the Marchman act. If you live in another state and wish to put your loved in a Florida alcohol treatment center against their will, the laws the state that you live in will apply to you.

Why Forced Treatment May Not Be the Right Solution

The reason addicts do not seek treatment once they develop the problem is denial is the hallmark to addiction. Addiction is a disease that tells them that they do not have a disease, which is why the First Step of the Twelve Steps is about admitting their powerlessness and that their lives have become unmanageable as a result. People cannot seek help if they do not think they have a problem.

Even when addicts realize that they are powerless over their substance of choice, seeking help is not easy. Their addictive substance has become their best friend that is killing them. Think back to when you were a child when you were playing out in the street and severely cut your knee. You stayed out in the street and coped with the pain instead of going home and having your mother put iodine on your wound, temporarily increasing the pain before alleviating it. The addicts know that thy will have to endure excruciating withdrawal and face psychological demons that they have been suppressing through their substance use.

Addict have to hit rock bottom, which is an internal state of readiness to get help. Their desire to be free from their addiction has to be stronger than their desire to continue using to suppress their pain. Addicts can only save themselves; their families are powerless. Forcing an addict into treatment is co-dependent behavior and will not solve the problem if he or she is not ready to get into recovery. The best than you can do your addicted loved one is taking care of yourself.

Genesis House is a treatment center in Lake Worth, Florida that has an excellent family program that teaches families how to understand and cope with the family disease of addiction. Call us today at 800-737-0933

How a Marchman Act Really Works

When a loved one is addicted to alcohol or opiates, it is almost always more than family or friends can manage on their own. In the State of Florida, the Marchman Act is a statute that can help you get emergency care for someone battling addiction. The state court system can provide for either a voluntary or involuntary assessment and stabilization of a person abusing drugs or alcohol, as well as provide treatment for it. Many people have heard of the Marchman Act, but are not completely sure how to use it. Here’s how the Marchman Act really works.

Getting Help With a Marchman Act

To get help from the Florida court system someone has to file a petition with the county clerk of courts to have the substance abuser evaluated. The least expensive option for the filing is to get the required packet at the Clerk of Court’s office and do it yourself. Keep in mind though, that any mistakes or missing details in the petition can cost you precious time. So, if you choose to do the petition yourself take the time to do it right.

The next option seems obvious but may not be. When dealing with the courts, you hire a lawyer to represent you. Remember though, that a lawyer can help you prepare for the filing and represent you at the hearing, but usually is not involved in treatment for the patient.

The third option when implementing the Marchman Act is to hire an intervention counselor who specializes in the entire process. An intervention counselor can file a petition, as well as guide you through setting up a treatment plan to ensure that your loved one receives the care that is needed.

So how does the Marchman Act really work? After the petition is filed, there will be a hearing within ten days. The petitioner receives notice of the hearing by mail and the patient is served notice by the sheriff. From there the court can order for involuntary assessment at a treatment center for up to five days to evaluate and stabilize the patient. A second petition may be filed once the initial written assessment is reviewed by the court to order involuntary treatment for up to 60 days. For the family and patient battling addiction to drugs or alcohol, the Marchman Act can be a lifesaver.

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The Marchman Act

The Marchman Act was created in Florida to assist citizens of Florida get emergency substance abuse services on a voluntary or involuntary basis.

What is a Marchman Act?

A Marchman Act is a means of providing an individual in need of substance abuse services with emergency services and temporary detention for substance abuse evaluation and treatment when required either on an involuntary or voluntary basis.

How are voluntary and involuntary Marchman Act admissions different?

A voluntary admission is when a person who wishes to enter treatment for substance abuse services applies to a service provider for voluntary admission. An involuntary admission is when there is good faith reason to believe the person is substance abuse impaired and, because of said impairment, has lost the power of self control over their substance use; either has inflicted, attempted or threatened to inflict or is likely to inflict physical harm on himself/herself or another; or the persons judgment has been so impaired because of substance abuse that he/she is incapable of appreciating the need for substance abuse treatment.

Are there other criteria to know if a Marchman Act is appropriate?

Yes. There is additional criterion for a voluntary and involuntary Marchman Act. For example, a minor may seek voluntary admission for substance abuse services without parental or guardian consent. A law enforcement officer may take a person into protective custody when the minor or adult appears to meet the admission criteria and is brought to the attention of law enforcement officer in a public place.

Who can file a Marchman Act Petition?

In addition to a law enforcement officer’s authority to implement protective custody, a private practitioner, the persons spouse or relative of the person, the director of a licensed service provider or the directors designee, 3 responsible adults who have personal knowledge of the persons substance abuse problem or, in the case of a minor, the minor’s parents, legal guardian, legal custodian, or a licensed service provider can file an involuntary

How do I file a Marchman Act?

If you have personal knowledge of a person’s substance abuse problem and because of this impairment the person has lost the power of self control with respect to substance abuse and you have reason to believe that that person is a danger to him/herself or others you may file a Marchman Act petition. You will need to contact a licensed service provider treatment center to confirm that a bed is available for that impaired person.

Where do I file a Marchman Act?

In Palm Beach County Florida you may file a Marchman Act petition at the County Courthouse located on 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida in the Mental Health Office.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring some identification (including social security number) driver license or birth certificate. You will need to bring the address or location where the person impaired can be located by the sheriff’s office.

What will happen after I file a Marchman Act?

After you complete the Marchman Act Petition, the court will review the petition and if the person is represented by an attorney, conduct a hearing within 10 days or without the appointment of an attorney and relying solely on the contents of the petition enter an order authorizing the involuntary stabilization and assessment of the person.

How long may a person be held on a Marchman Act?

A person may be detained for involuntary assessment and stabilization for a period not to exceed 5 days.

Who can I call for more information?

For more information please call the clerk of Court in the county where the individual resides as procedures may vary form county to county within the State of Florida. It can be difficult for one who has a drinking problem to actually see it and acknowledge it for themselves. Alcoholism is a tricky disease and manifests itself in many ways. The American Medical Society (AMA) defines alcoholism as a chronic, progressive condition with mental cravings, and physical withdrawal symptoms noted when the intake of alcohol is ceased.

There seems to be three stages of alcoholism that the alcoholic travels through in their drinking careers, early, middle and late stages. Many alcoholics die in the late stages of alcoholism by malnutrition liver disease, blood pressure disorders, or complications due from acute withdrawal symptoms. Many die from simple accidents such as driving (DUI) falling down drunk and suffering a head injury or a host of other tragic events. Some of the symptoms of alcoholism are denial of the problem itself. Mental cravings and compulsions to drink are common. Physical withdrawal symptoms occur when the alcoholic stops drinking. Many Alcoholics require a medical detox when this occurs. Many alcoholics can function in society for a time if they are in the early stages of the illness.

Many hold jobs, go to work, raise a family like anyone else. This profile usually starts to wane as the disease moves forward and gets worse. Eventually the alcoholic will begin to exhibit a pattern of missed work, coming home drunk, not taking care of responsibilities or suffering negative consequences from their drinking. Many alcoholics get into trouble with the law. Being intoxicated in public, driving under the influence are common legal problems for the alcoholic type. Many kill or injure other innocent people by their drinking behavior. Many kill themselves by accident by being intoxicated or in a blackout. The alcoholic can become so immersed in their addiction to alcohol they may need medical help.

Many alcoholics refuse help when confronted about their drinking problems. They may be behind on their mortgage, late with bills, neglecting family and work but still will not seek help. Denial of the illness is so powerful within the alcoholic that they will refuse any offer of help. Many times the only recourse for the loved ones is an Intervention. An Intervention is a planned coordinated gentle confrontation by loved ones or friends of the person suffering from alcoholism. The goal of the Intervention is to get the alcoholic into a treatment or medical center for stabilization. Usually, the Intervention is lead by a trained Interventionist or counselor who is familiar with the process. Family members are instructed to exert tough love during this intervention meeting. The alcoholic is not afforded a way out or around the only course available now…treatment. The interventionist is familiar with the techniques of, manipulation and false promises usually utilized by the alcoholic. Buying time, putting off to a later date or refusing to go get help is a common tactic for the alcoholic. The intervention team must combat all these obstacles during this meeting with clear directions of treatment only. In some states if the intervention fails, a legal remedy is available to the loved ones of the alcoholic. In Florida, families may petition the Mental Health court for a Marchman Act. The Marchman Act was created for this very difficult purpose.

Get the alcoholic who is in denial or refusing medical help treatment. Once a Marchman Act has been initiated and served, the matter is now in the hands of the mental health court. The alcoholic person is sent a notice to appear in court. This hearing is a civil not criminal. The commissioner usually orders an alcohol assessment and history to be completed on the alcoholic by a licensed addiction or alcohol counselor or agency. Once the assessment has been completed, the judge makes a determination based on the findings of the counselor. More often than not, the alcoholic is ordered into a local alcohol treatment center for help. The court monitors the person’s treatment throughout this process. If the alcoholic elopes, or refuses to go initially to treatment, then the court has the power to place them in violation. A violation of a Marchman Act order could result in a jail sentence. The threat of jail seems to be the final push that the alcoholic needs to finally go into rehab.

It would seem that once you finally get the sick alcoholic into treatment the question of how are they going to get well if they don’t want help comes up. That is a good question. Many alcoholics enter treatment agencies against their will. They do recover and get well. The key is to break the cycle of drinking and stabilize the alcoholic. The counselors can go about the other clinical tasks of breaking through denial systems, and developing relapse prevention strategies. The Marchman Act is a fantastic tool in the fight against the disease. Many states do not have any remedy for placing an alcoholic into treatment involuntarily. Loved ones have to pray and hope that the alcoholic will stop on their own or see the light. Many loved ones have to hope that the alcoholic will get arrested and come before a judge who will then order them into treatment. Many times this does not happen and the alcoholic just continues own into a whirlwind of drinking and despair.

The Marchman Act has helped thousands of people within the State of Florida deal with difficult situations relating to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. For more information about the Marchman Act go to DCF.State.Fl.us