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How to get someone into a drug rehab

My boyfriends best friend is in serious trouble.  He is addicted to Herion and actually stopped for a little while he had something placed in his arm every couple of months and if he were to use herion it wouldnt work, its like it would block it from his system. But he stopped going for the blocker and when anyone would ask when he was suppose to go back and get it taken out and put a new one in he started making up excuses.  He recently told his aunt that he was using again and that he doesnt want to stop. But its gotta be the drug talking because when he was clean he would say how much he hated doing it and that he never wanted to do it again.   His family and friends are a mess and devistated now that he is using again.  No one knows what to do, everyone wants to see him stop using but dont no if there is anyway of signing him into a treatment or rehab center against his will because he will end up signing himself out if he goes willingly.  DOES ANYONE KNOW IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET HIM INTO A DRUG REHAB OR DRUG TREATMENT CENTER AGAINST HIS WILL AND KEEP HIM THERE? I no that people only really stop if THEY want to but its worth a shot, hes hurting himself and his family and friends and its so sad to have to sit back and watch someone do this to themselves and the ones they love!

Please any help on this subject i would be truly greatful!
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Ok. Here is some info on that whole mess of a law. I fist need to say that what I will tell you is Florida law and I dont know where you are, so please double check this based on where you live.
Ok. In Fl, you can have someone Marchmant Acted into drug rehab, based on the facts that the person is injuring or harming theirself or others.The only draw back is that at least here ALL drug rehabs are unlocked. I have fought this for years,as my sister is also a drug addict. The reason they are unlocked is because their pholosophy there is that " if you don't want to be here, we don't want you here." The reason goes back to that old saying, "one must want to be clean before it will happen." I agree with you that he could very well be impaired and basing his decision on the next fix.  Now, to get around the drug rehab portion, to get him into a locked facility. Again, here you can have a person "Baker acted." That is based on mental statues and not drugs. It will hold a person for up to 5 days but most end up staying 3 days only as this is standard. The way to get him baker acted is to say he is suicidal. If you dont mention that he will end up on an unlocked facility and walk right out the door if he doesnt want to be there.  So, to get either done...again here in Fl it takes either a Doctor, a police or 2 people who know the person and it helps if they are family. You would go to the court hose and request the paperwork to have someone baker acted or marchmant acted. I would do the Baker act so at least he will be there 3 days up to 5 and may give him time to realize what it was he was setting out to do and realize it is the right thing. Just be careful getting the police involved as sometims they are very lazy and dont want to do the paperwork and then you will end up with a mad personat you who wont trust you and then you can hang it up. My mother and I have had my sister both baker acted and marchmant acted and sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesnt. The last thing I know to do is try to have him committed. The same way, going to the court house and filing the paperwork. This  is a lot harder to have done and the more info and prrof and documentation you have on his problem the better. Then whoever is the power of attorney can make decisions for him regarding his medical needs. This is considered a medical need. One other thing. f he is involved with the law and or has any charges..I have written the judge in the case numerous times requesting drug rehab instead of prison or jail and it has worked. The good thing about that is then the state will pay for the rehab because it was a sentence from court. i dont know if you need help with payment for this but we did and it helped as we did not have money for rehab. Well BL1184, I hope this helps. Good luck and you will be in our prayers.
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I have a 73 yr. old Husband still drinking and now drugging, from being detoxed every month,he now needs Librium also. I know I cannot help him any more at this stage, he goes to AA twice a day for about a month,and then will start drinking nonstop,Vodka,Beer, and Wine, all at the same time. He now checks himself into detox,sometimes he drives himself.while drunk,and sometimes he will take a cab. He no longer has enough money to keep his lifestyle going. I can no longer pay for Halfway houses as I am out of funds also,so all we ever get done are Detoxing,and then back to the same monthly thing,I call this his routine. I have Power of attorney for him,and would like to know if I can use this at the courts to try to stop him from trying to take charge of our SS funds for him to use on drinking and driving. I have a terible fear he is going to kill someone, He drives a huge PU Truck, He also has a hand gun hidden in the house somewhere. He also smokes one cigarette after another,and does not put then out,and lets them burn. I need some advice on Baker Act or Marchmant act Please!! He was baker acted for a month in 2007, also in a halfway House for five months in 2006.
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I'm sorry your bfs friend is going thru such a deadly problem. I, myself, am a recovering heroin addict of ten years, I know how hard it can be. I will say this though, it is doable. Some ppl just need a little extra help is all. I have been on a methadone program for the last ten years. I haven't touched heroin or a needle since June 12th 2002. Kicking heroin was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, it takes will power. I also can relate in another way as well....my little brother is now a heroin addict and is struggling just as bad as I did. He takes the vivatrol shot but still uses. I think I'm a little more concerned about his addiction than anyone else in my family BC I know how it feels to have heroin control your every move and I know what lies ahead even after the physical withdrawals have been kicked. I still have days that I want heroin so bad I can taste it, but I have yet to act on those cravings. No matter what happened, I would never go back and turn into the monster I was then. Its hard for me to watch my baby brother throw his life away like I did. I was an elite gymnast and one of the best in my state. I thru away a college scholarship for a damn syringe. My little bro has three college degrees and is just throwing it away....unfortunately there isn't much that will help until he is ready to stop  and I know that more than anyone. You have to help them remember what it was like without heroin and how much better it was. You have to help them almost get pissed off BC they are letting something stupid shatter their lives.
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Baker acting someone can only do so much and last so long, is pretty much what I'm saying. Aslong as he still wants to use, these things won't do a bit of good.
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you seem to know alot about this! i have kinda the same problem. My brother is in jail and we are trying to get him into rehab. He has already detoxed in jail and he is wanting to go to rehab. problem is no one while help me. everyone i call gives me the run around. His public defender said he has nothing to do with rehab his job is to get him out and lower his bail. I call the rehab and they say they have to talk to his social worker so they can set up a meeting to talk to my bro. When i call the jail they tell me its the public defenders problem!!!!AHHH im so confused i dont know what to do. we dont want him coming home until he goes to rehab cuz i know if he comes home hell change his mind. Please help
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