"My 25 year old son is Addicted to Heroin"
My son is addicted to Heroin. He has been using opiates since he was 16. Recently I helped him check into a detoxification unit. He walked out after being there for a day and a half, because he was offered a blocker.
He told me that blockers don't work for him, he says methadone will. Unfortunately, the city we live in has a waiting list for methadone. Getting on the list at this point is by miracle.
Now he is living in his car, I have been begging him to go and seek help. The question I have is: Is there a Marchman act or something similar in the state of Wisconsin. He is not thinking rationally, this maybe the thing that may help him save his life.
That's an interesting question that we don't know the answer to. So you'll have to see whether your state offers anything similar to the Marchman act, because there are more than a dozen states that have laws that deal with the involuntary commitment for addiction treatment.
So best you speak to your local authorities and maybe a couple drug rehab
facilities locally because they'll be in the best position to tell you.
Interestingly though one doesn't need to be resident in a place like Florida where the Marchman act is used, because even if an addict just steps foot in the area, a case can be filed. So some families get the addict to Florida so that they can be held there under the act.
It seems getting an experienced attorney to help with this also increases the chances of success, because like any civil procedure there are ways to go about doing things when presenting a case in court.
So do some research whether your state offers anything similar and will allow for the involuntary commitment of your son to an addiction treatment facility, and please let us know what you find out.
If you have a son struggling with heroin addiction - Help! My Child Is An Addict
may not only be able to help you deal with what's going on, but give you the cold hard truth as to how best you can help him.
Heroin addiction is one of the worst to have to deal with because overdose and death are a real possibility. The anxiety, fear and worry it causes you as parent are a living hell.
The question is, what do you do? Because if you're reading this, chances are what you've tried to date probably hasn't worked very well. So it may be time you changed tactics and look at other ways you can try and help.