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Opinion: Does Court-Ordered Drug Treatment Work?

court ordered drug treatmentIt has been a long held belief that addicts and alcoholics must want to get sober in order to get sober. Or that they can’t be forced into sobriety. I can definitely see why this belief exists because many addicts and alcoholics won’t get sober until they are ready and willing to do it for themselves. But this isn’t always the case. And often times addicts and alcoholics don’t know their drug use and drinking has put them on death’s front door until it is too late. That is why court-ordered drug treatment is available.

But does court ordered drug treatment work?

Often times, yes it does. Unfortunately getting exact numbers on how court ordered drug treatment fares in comparison to a regular treatment center is difficult. This is because even the numbers for people who choose to go to drug treatment are skewed by relapse and what the definition of success in sobriety even is. Often times relapse is part of the process and it takes an individual a few times through treatment before it sticks. Once it sticks though, does that mean that the individual wasn’t successful due to the relapses? Whatever the case may be it is probably smart to assume that while the numbers or success rate for court ordered drug treatment may not be as high it is still just almost just as effective as any other drug treatment program. And that’s because even the success rates of the best drug treatment centers aren’t very high.

The opinion

I believe that court ordered drug treatment serves an important purpose in the lives of many addicts and alcoholics, as well as their families. I myself was court ordered to a detox center and it worked for me. I took the next step into drug treatment afterwards. I think often times addicts and alcoholics don’t want drug treatment simply because they are comfortable getting high. I feel, if they got the chance though to see what sobriety could be like and that they didn’t have to do that anymore they might feel differently about using and drinking. Alcoholics and addicts don’t have the foresight, because of their disease, to realize how drug treatment could help them until after they have completed drug treatment. This was exactly my story. I did not want to go to detox, when I was in detox I was much more receptive once my head started to clear, and now after the fact I thank God often that I was involuntarily sent there because I probably would have never gotten help if I hadn’t been. All in all, addicts and alcoholics don’t have to want to get sober to stay sober. I am living proof of that. Sometimes addicts and alcoholics don’t know what they need and when they get it, they are glad they did.

Court ordered drug treatment can work. And the reason it doesn’t for some is because of many different factors not just that the addict and alcoholic doesn’t want it. For instance, a judge is setting the amount of time that an addict or alcoholic has to be in treatment and a judge is not a doctor. The judge may require much too short of mandatory stay than is necessary. If the addict or alcoholic stayed longer they might be more successful but often times after only a short period of time, in court ordered drug treatment or not, the addict or alcoholic thinks they are well again and they are not.

Either way court ordered drug treatment saves lives and while it may or may not have high rates of people staying sober for the rest of their lives, most treatment centers don’t.

If you or your loved one is in need of drug treatment please don’t hesitate to call us at toll-free: 1-800-951-6135

Are East Coast Drug Rehabs Different from West Coast Drug Rehabs?

Are east coast drug rehabs different from west coast drug rehabs

 

East Coast drug rehab is different from drug treatment structure found in other parts of the country. Namely, in Florida, many addiction treatment facilities have adopted what is called the “Florida Model,” which encourages addicts and alcoholics to commit to a period of primary care or residential treatment, and then a series of “step-down” levels of care, including extended care, transitional care (sometimes at a halfway house) and finding a part-time “recovery job.”

The Florida Model of substance abuse treatment has the added benefit of residential treatment with housing connected to the Florida substance abuse facility.

Unlike other states, east coast drug rehabs such as those in Florida, are able to provide congruent housing for their clients, which enables the clinical staff to be a part of the client´s home life, and ensures no treatment time lost to transporting from farther housing to the treatment facility.

Furthermore, clients live together and are forced to be self-sufficient and responsible for themselves and each other in this sort of setting. Throughout treatment, clients are then not only treated for their substance and drug abuse but also learn basic life skills like: cooking, cleaning, laundry, exercise and basic responsibility to survive once back in society. As a result, east coast drug rehabs that employ the Florida model approach to substance abuse treatment are the most well rounded treatment plans to ensure lasting recovery.

In west coast and more traditional treatment approaches, the patients are just that: patients. They live in a residential setting meaning that everything and everyone is contained under one roof in dormitory-style living. The residents only leave the building or campus on rare outings.

 

It’s a proven fact that the chances of breaking free of drug and alcohol addiction go up dramatically when you make the all-important decision to pick up and find help far away from where you live. It’s proven through extensive medical study that getting treatment away from your home town, city and state gives you the best opportunity to attaining a life of sobriety.

One of the most important recommendations in seeking alcohol and drug rehab is to find a facility outside of the environment in which your loved one’s or your substance abuse thrives. This includes separating yourself or your loved one from the people, places, and things that may hinder the treatment process.

Residents of Florida are fortunate to have world-class treatment at their fingertips, and many out-of-state and international folk flock there to take advantage of east coast drug rehabs and other addiction services. They are moving to Florida in record numbers, seeking sunny skies and some of the best east coast drug rehab facilities in the country. Delray Beach, which is home to many east coast drug rehabs and sober living houses, is of particular interest to those seeking sobriety, because of its compact geography and critical mass of recovering addicts who cross paths daily. As a popular tourist destination, part-time jobs are plentiful, living accommodations are affordable, and the weather is difficult to beat. And so, there is a lot of support from peers, the community, local services, and the tourist industry which offer an abundance of recovery jobs.

If you or someone you know is in need of Drug Rehab, please call us at 800-951-6135.

Can I force my child to get drug treatment?

an I force my child to get drug treatment

Can I force my child to get drug treatment is the question many parents ask when their loved one that is abusing drugs is absolutely refusing and unwilling to seek help for themselves. It is scary to have a child that is using drugs and drinking dangerously and won’t help themselves. A parent feels as if it is their job to protect their children from pretty much everything. So what can you do as a parent if you have a child who is bad off on drugs and alcohol and won’t go to rehab? Luckily, there are things in place for just this scenario and you can force rehab if it is absolutely necessary. The hope, to force rehab is that the person once they get to rehab would give it a try.

Force rehab with an intervention:

If your child refuses to go to rehab and you must force rehab then staging an intervention may be a way to make that person understand that people care and that their behavior is hurting themselves and the other people around them that they love. Conveniently enough there are people who specialize in helping you stage an intervention with your child to force rehab. It is not recommended that you try to force rehab with an intervention on your own. An intervention is usually a surprise to the person and themore people who are close to that person who can tell him or her how they feel about their drug use and drinking the better because the more it can force rehab with that person. The goal is to show the person how much you care and that they need to get help through a rehab facility.

Force rehab with the Baker act:

If a person is over eighteen that is when the Baker Act would want to be used. If the person you are trying to force rehab with was under eighteen you could simply make them go. Unfortunately if they are over 18 they have a say in the matter and that’s where the Baker Act comes in. The Baker Act or the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment). It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person:

  • Has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act)
  • Is a harm to self, harm to others, or self-neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act)

Force rehab with the Marchman Act:

The Marchman Act is somewhat similar to the Baker Act (involuntary commitment) and is especially helpful for those individuals who are over the age of 18 and don’t want to seek out help through a rehab on their own. Forcing rehab with the Marchman Act allows you to put an individual in rehab for up to 48 hours without any mental illness or other issues and the hold is usually released after the 48 hours is up unless the person asks for help themselves at that time. Each state has varying laws when it comes to the Marchman Act so if you want to use this to force rehab check out your state’s laws.

If you want to force rehab realize that it may be unrealistic to expect your child to get well. Most addicts and alcoholics have to want help in order to get sober and stay sober. There are many instances though where parents force rehab and the child goes on to live a happy and fulfilling life. In fact if the parents hadn’t forced rehab they may not even be alive today. So if you feel it is necessary never hesitate to force rehab it could save your loved one’s life.

For more information on how to stage an intervention or how to use the Florida Baker Act or Marchman Act to force your loved one to get drug treatment, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Court Ordered Drug Treatment Center

court ordered drug rehab

Recently, more and more judges are handing out sentences that include court ordered drug treatment centers. Whether the individual is guilty of a DUI, public drunkenness or drug charges; the end result is becoming, more often thirty days in a court ordered drug treatment center. The hope with court ordered drug treatment centers are that the people sentenced there will learn important lessons about sobriety and hopefully break the addiction cycle in the process; regardless of whether or not they want to be there.

What is a court ordered drug treatment center?

Court ordered drug treatment center are programs that a judge forces an individual to attend. A judge can force an individual to attend a court ordered drug treatment center either as a part of or in place of jail time. Court ordered drug treatment centers are designed to help individuals get their life back on the right track and these sentences to a court ordered drug treatment center are most often handed out when a judge feels that the individual will not attend a drug treatment center on their own (without being ordered to by the court).

How can someone be successful at a court ordered drug treatment center?

The people who must go to a court ordered drug treatment center usually don’t want to go but they can get something out of it if they want to. If an individual enters into a court ordered drug treatment center they can first and foremost try to have a positive attitude. Just because someone is made by the courts to go to a drug treatment center doesn’t mean they should fight back against those who are trying to help them at the drug treatment center. A court ordered drug treatment center is a great opportunity and if individuals understand this fact they can get the most out of drug treatment.

Different types of court ordered drug treatment centers

There are many different types of court ordered drug treatment centers. Many times the judge who handed out the sentence will allow the individual to make their own choice about which court ordered drug treatment center they want to attend. There may be a list of approved court ordered drug treatment centers. Many individuals choose residential drug treatment because of the round the clock care and the amenities at the drug treatment center. Some individuals, however, will go with an outpatient drug treatment center so they can still be near friends and family at the end of the  day when drug treatment is complete.

How long are court ordered drug treatment centers?

A court ordered drug treatment center is just like any other alcohol or drug treatment center; court ordered drug treatment varies in length according to the facility and even what the judge may have sentenced. Some court ordered drug treatment centers will have programs that last a few weeks and others will have some that last months. There are some long term drug treatment centers that can last a year or longer.

If you or someone you love has been court ordered to a drug treatment center please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

 

How Can I Get Someone Psychiatric Care?

How To Get Someone Psychiatric Care

Getting someone psychiatric help is an emotional and stomach turning thing to do but sometimes it is for their own good and it must be done. The procedure for getting some psychiatric help varies from state to state but in general an involuntary commitment is done by a doctor, therapist, and/or court. In many cases getting someone psychiatric help through an involuntary commitment is done after they have done something that makes them a danger to themselves or others. It is not easy but sometimes getting someone psychiatric help is absolutely necessary.

For psychiatric help that is involuntary

If  you feel that a person is an immediate danger to themselves or to others then dial 991 and get emergency assistance. It’s better to be safe now than sorry later. Calling the police or emergency services on a loved one can be a very tough thing to do but it’s important to know that you are not doing it to hurt them. You have to emotionally detach yourself from the situation at hand and think of their safety and the safety of other people.

Someone who is in danger of seriously injuring themselves or another because they are not in a stable mindset is not their fault. They need someone to intervene and sometimes that person is going to have to be you. Although it may not sound ideal at the time having phoned for emergency help can you later on in court if and when you need to show proof as to why this person needs to be monitored and evaluated by a mental health professional.

If you are in Florida you have the Florida Marchman Act and the Florida Baker Act on your side.

What is the Florida 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 a voluntary or involuntary basis.

What is the Florida Baker Act?

The Florida Baker Act is actually the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971. The Florida Baker Act allows for involuntary examination or what some know it as, involuntary commitment. The Florida Baker Act can be initiated by judges, law enforcement, physicians or mental health professionals. In order for an individual to have the Florida Baker Act initiated on them there must be proof that the person has a mental illness or is a danger to themselves, a danger to others or is self-neglectful.

Other Options for Involuntary Psychiatric Care…

  • Visit your city or county courthouse to get someone psychiatric help. This will need to be done in the district where the person you want to commit to psychiatric help, lives. Ask the clerk of court for the right papers and application papers. Fill those out.
  • Attend the hearing. If there is not a reason for immediate involuntary commitment a hearing will because the judge will make the final decision based on the evidence. Once all the papers are filed you will have little say in what happens to the person you are trying to get psychiatric help for. You may be asked to testify in the hearing as well.
  • Be prepared for problems. The person you are trying to get psychiatric help for may be very upset with being placed in a mental institution. If the person you are trying to get psychiatric help doesn’t immediately get into the mental institution and you feel like you are in danger then have a restraining order put in place. If they violate that you can then call the police and have the mental health professionals act enforced.

For voluntary psychiatric help

Psychiatric help can come in the form of inpatient treatment in a mental health facility, outpatient programs and/or groups with a therapist. The hardest parts about getting someone psychiatric help is convincing the person that they need help. Many times individuals do not feel that they need help, are aggressively against the idea or some are incapable of understanding what is going on.

Either way, if you are trying to get someone psychiatric help make sure that you:

  • Tell them that you love them and support them.
  • Educate yourself on their illness.
  • Drive them to appointments.
  • Find them psychiatric help.
  • Make sure they have their medications.
  • Make sure they are talking to their doctor and/or therapist.
  • Make sure they are doing ok.
  • Offer to help them where and when you can.

And last but not least if you are looking to get psychiatric help for someone else you must also get help for yourself. It’s hard to be there for a sick person and remain level headed. It can stress you out and be very hard on you – emotionally, physically, financially, socially, etc.

If your loved one is in need of alcohol or drug addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Source: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/breakingbipolar/2011/03/how-to-help-someone-with-a-mental-illness/

 

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