Ivan Baker Breaks Down the Marchman Act Miami

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marchman act miamiAs a certified interventionist I have seen multiple different outcomes to family interventions and crisis interventions. More often than not, the outcomes are good, and the addict or alcoholic ends up getting the help they need. But sometimes, especially in crisis interventions, when time is of the essence and the addict is a danger to themselves or others, it doesn’t go exactly as planned. An addict or alcoholic sometimes can be stubborn, and unwilling to get help even though death may be on their door step. This is due to the disease of addiction. Addiction tells many addicts and alcoholics they don’t need help when they need it the most and often times the addict or alcoholic believes it. In the instance of a crisis intervention where the disease is keeping an addict or alcoholic from seeing even a glimpse of light or truth about themselves it may be necessary to employ the use of legal services such as the Marchman Act Miami. 

What is the Marchman Act Miami? 

The Marchman Act Miami is fairly similar to the Baker Act we talked about in another post. The Marchman Act Miami allows us to put a sick loved one into a safe place regardless of whether or not they actually want to go. The Marchman Act Miami allows us to pretty much have someone involuntarily committed to a facility until they are deemed as no longer being a danger to themselves or others. 

The Marchman Act is a law under the Florida Statute that enables family members to obtain help for a loved one who is unwilling to seek substance abuse services voluntarily. The loved one has to fit a certain criteria though:

  • Has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance use; and EITHER
  • Has inflicted or threatened or attempted to inflict physical harm on himself or another: OR
  • Is in need of substance abuse services and, by reason of substance abuse impairment, is incapable of appreciating the need for such services and of making a rational decision in regard to receiving services. However, mere refusal to receive such services does not constitute evidence of lack of judgment with respect to the need for such services.

You may have heard that addicts or alcoholics have to want recovery or be willing to go treatment in order to get help. This simply isn’t true. Especially in the case of some addicts and alcoholics, the Marchman act Miami may be the thing that saves an addict or alcoholic’s life. It is not uncommon that an addict thinks they are ok when really they aren’t. So if you think that your loved one may need help desperately please don’t hesitate to call us at Addiction Intervention Now Inc.