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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.I am sorry to hear of this situation for you. Can you tell me what state and I will research to see what is available for you. Thanks
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Ok. Massachusetts does have an involuntary process for alcoholism.
Under the Law which you can read at this LINK provides:Any police officer, physician, spouse, blood relative, guardian or court official may petition in writing any district court or any division of the juvenile court department for an order of commitment of a person whom he has reason to believe is an alcoholic or substance abuser.
Here are the next steps in order:
The court will review medical facts (evidence) from the exam and other evidence that relates to the case.
The court can order commitment only if:
I suggest if you go to the clerk of the court they should be able to provide you with the Petition form packet you need to file. And that because of the situation you state with your child that you can fulfill the Serious Harm requirement.
To meet the criteria for civil commitment, “likelihood of serious harm” must exceed what harm can be reasonably assumed to exist, when any individual abuses alcohol or other drugs. The statute defines “likelihood of serious harm” as the following:
The "likelihood of serious harm" must be directly related to the substance abuse and must be a current threat
The judge orders him to a licensed inpatient substance abuse treatment facility such as the Men's Addiction Treatment Center (MATC) in Brockton or another community treatment center. If a bed is not available the commitment could be to the Massachusetts Alcohol Substance Abuse Center (MSAC) treatment facility in MCI Bridgewater
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have other questions in this regard, you can post them here. If I sign off for the night, I will respond in the morning.