Alcoholism can destroy physical and mental health and cause severe stress on the alcoholic's family members and loved ones. While some alcoholics are able to recognize that their problem is out of control and get help to overcome their addiction, others are unable to see how severely their alcoholism harms them and their loved ones. Voluntary interventions sometimes work, but sometimes alcoholics still refuse to get help after an intervention. That's when court ordered alcohol abuse assessment becomes necessary. This is an option when all other attempts to try to get help for an alcoholic fail.
When Decision-Making Ability is Compromised by Alcoholism
When an individual has lost power over his or her addiction and does not appreciate how severe their addiction has become, they lose the ability to make rational decisions about their care. Sometimes these individuals are a danger to themselves and to others, and may make very poor decisions such as driving while intoxicated, neglecting children, or behaving in ways that endanger their employment. Voluntary intervention sometimes works with these individuals, but in many cases it does not, because the person has lost their ability to understand just how severe the problem is. In Florida, however, they may be helped by court ordered alcohol abuse intervention.
What the Florida Marchman Act Does
The Florida Marchman Act is a law that can be used to compel an alcoholic to get court ordered, monitored assessment, detox services, and long term rehabilitation for their addiction. This civil procedure allows an alcohol addict's loved ones to confidentially go before the court to obtain an order for alcohol abuse assessment. Under this act, an addict can be legally required to comply with assessment, detox, and treatment. If the addict does not comply, he or she faces serious legal consequences. Unlike with a voluntary intervention, under the Florida Marchman Act, the alcoholic cannot refuse help once the court order for intervention is issued.
Getting Help with Court Ordered Alcohol Abuse Assessment
Many families faced with severe addiction on the part of a family member choose to work with legal practitioners who know how to use the Florida Marchman Act to get help for their loved one without the need for a hearing. With the help of these legal specialists, an alcohol addict is presented with an emergency order that delivers him or her immediately to a licensed facility for assessment, detox, and long-term treatment. Getting help for an alcoholic is stressful enough without having to petition a court for ordered treatment, and in Florida there are legal specialists that are able to work with both families and the court system to make the process as simple as possible.
Intervention Can Save Lives
Alcoholism is one of the most dangerous addictions, and many alcoholics eventually lose their lives to their addiction. Court ordered intervention gives families and loved ones a very powerful legal tool for getting help for alcoholics. In some cases, such a court order can mean the difference between life and death.