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I have a nephew that will soon be dead from pain pills. There is no talking to him about rehab, he totally refuses. What can be done by law to get him into rehad and to make sure he has to stay there. I know if he can he will get himself out.
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That depends.  How old is he?  What do his parents say about all of this?

It can be very difficult to force someone into treatment.  Sadly, if he doesn't think he has a problem, you can't "will" them into quitting.  Do you know how much he's taking?  How he's getting them?  Are they from a Dr. or off the street?
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How old is he?  If he is of legal age it will be hard to get him committed.  He has to be the one to realize he has a problem.
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You might talk to a rehab facility about an intervention with a licensed chemical dependency counselor.  Legally speaking, court orders for any kind of medical treatment are rare whether it be for rehab or nursing home care.  People are allowed to make bad decisions even if they are life-threatening decisions.  Even with the help of an interventionist your nephew can still say no and walk out.  That's when you need to be prepared to have him walk out of your lives forever.

The fastest way to a court order is if your nephew breaks other laws while under the influence - DWI, theft, whatever.  Even then, judges generally need to see the person as a habitual offender before issuing a court order for treatment.  If he's picked up by an officer and is obviously wasted, he might be sent to a hospital for 24-72 hours of observation and medical support.  It's a tough call for judges because most communities just don't have enough beds available for detox.

There are plenty of people who have been through court-ordered rehab or were required to attend meetings in prison.  Most of the time it doesn't help.  If the addict isn't ready to admit he has a problem and is willing to change, all the meetings in the world won't make a dam bit of difference.

What you and your family can do is help yourselves by attending Al-Anon. You can't control your nephew's life (or anyone else's for that matter) but you CAN control your own life and limit the damage an addict does to your life and health.   What do you have to lose but a few hours of time?
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