Does someone in your family need professional assistance?

It is difficult to watch someone you love slide into the world of addiction. All the words of wisdom and logic from well intentioned family and friends seem to not be heard and the loved one continues self destructive behavior. It seems nearly impossible for families affected by substance abuse.

We’ve all heard that people need to hit “rock bottom”… yet help is available before that point. Convincing an addict that help or rehabilitation is needed is a daunting task. Interventions are possible, but often the addict still won’t budge.

In such instances, it may be necessary to force an addict into substance abuse rehab. Florida’s Marchman Act is among the most progressive processes in the country regarding involuntary commitment.

The Marchman Act is a civil, confidential involuntary commitment statute in the state of Florida. It is a law devised to assist families via the court system to get loved ones into court ordered and monitored assessment and stabilization (detox) and long term treatment when the individual won’t or is not able to do so for themselves.

Throughout this process, it is wise for the friends or family members to be exploring information and assistance via Al Anon or Nar Anon to learn and to understand that we cannot control the addictions of our loved ones, but we can learn what we can do to support our family member or friend and what options are available.

For Marchman Act paperwork contact your local Clerk of Courts in any county and ask for Marchman Act paperwork.

For additional information

To locate a treatment program near you, go to and click on DCF Directory of Treatment Programs. This will provide you with an extensive listing of Florida treatment programs. Many of these programs are also very active within their communities and can offer education and intervention services as well.