Currently, in the United States, there is an option in most states to force a person to undergo rehab. This is only in the case if a certain amount of people sign the idea of involuntary commitment. This is due to a law that allows people to petition for forced rehab if the person is a proven danger to a community.
Would this work in the United Kingdom, or more importantly, does this work in the United States where precedent exists? In this blog post, we look at the idea of Forced Rehab.
Forced Rehab : How it Works
Families and medical professionals may request involuntary commitment into rehab in 37 states in the USA. An ‘Emergency Drug Treatment’, as the name rings, would need to legally go past a judge who would have the final say on the emergency treatment. However, in some states, a judges order could be circumvented if the police and family can prove to the treatment facility that the person in question is indeed a danger for himself and his immediate environment.
In recent years, there has been a large amount of involuntary drug treatments compared to a few decades ago. Using the State of Florida as an example, where there had been only 4,000 people who had been committed involuntary in the year 2000, compared to the 10,000 people who have been committed involuntary at a drug treatment facility in the state. This rising trend would logically indicate that forced drug rehab works. However, the nothing could be further from the truth.
Forced Rehab: The Statistics
According to research done by the government of another state, Massachusetts in the northern USA, involuntary treatment will only lead to worse success rates – let alone improving the chances of full recovery. According to the study performed on opioid users in rehab centres, involuntarily committed clients were twice as likely to die due to an overdose in comparison with those that went into the clinic voluntarily.
Forced Rehab: Taking All The Steps
At Ocean Recovery Centre, we wholly believe that the first step of rehab is always admitting your issue. The reason for the shocking statistic mentioned earlier is that often times, involuntarily committed rehab patients do not admit to themselves they have a problem. Once they come out of the treatment centre and start using drugs again – their tolerance is gone. In Heroin, this then leads to overdoses after using for the first time. We advise family members to keep trying to help your loved one see her/his problem before it is too late.
Are you addicted to a substance, and you have finally seen that drugs have destroyed you and everything you love? It is not too late to join a rehab centre. Call Ocean Recovery Centre today, or alternatively, visit our Drug Addiction Page for more information.