The Florida Marchman Act (Florida’s Substance Abuse Impairment Act) is a civil, confidential, involuntary commitment statute in the state of Florida to help those with substance abuse problems get the help they need when they have become a danger to themselves and others.
Substance abusers who may or may not have severe mental health issues and who are in crisis often will not seek the help they so desperately need. The Marchman Act is a law under the Florida Statue that enables family members to obtain help for a loved one who is suffering from addiction and unwilling to get help for their condition.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a disease that not only affects the person suffering from addiction, but also friends, family, and the community. In addition, it’s the only disease that tells the person who is addicted that they do not have a disease.
Any time an addict or alcoholic is using or drinking, they are a danger to themselves and others.
Substance abuse impairment is known as a condition involving the use of alcohol or any psychoactive or mood-altering substance in such a manner as to cause socially dysfunctional behavior and/or induce:
A spouse, blood relative, or at least (3) three people who have direct knowledge of a person’s substance abuse problem for those who have no direct family.
You have to demonstrate that the person has lost the power of choice, lacks self-control when it comes to the substance abused, and that they risk causing harm to themselves or others.
Also, you must demonstrate that the substance abuser lacks rational decision making when it comes to treatment for their addiction.
Finally, you must be able to prove that they are unwilling to get help voluntarily.
Many times addicts and alcoholics seek geographic moves to fix their problems or run from their disease. With the Marchman Act, wherever a person steps foot in the State of Florida, you can file in that area, even if they are from out of state.
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