Under the Marchman Act, a Court will order the addict/alcoholic to go to treatment.
At a court hearing, the family presents witnesses who will testify about the addict/alcoholic substance abuse.
If the family proves its case, the court will order the addict/alcoholic to treatment for up to 90 days. The family will usually select the treatment facility and make the financial arrangement in advance. Treatment may take the form of residential or outpatient depending on the need of the addict/alcoholic. The family or friend can ask the Court to extend treatment beyond the initial treatment period.
If the individual does not comply with the treatment order, the court can find the person in contempt of court and may even incarcerate the individual to compel compliance with the court order.
We are a system of laws and a judge expects that those subject to a court order will obey the order. The Court will enforce its Order. The Court will enter an order of contempt which will require the individual to go to treatment or the Court will send the person to jail until he/she decides to go to treatment.
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