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Generally, in order for a person to be involuntary committed, a court has to order it......and it is not likely that a court would be a stand-alone cause of action that would allow a judge to order an alcoholic to rehab. BUT, if child services got involved and said that the children were being neglected or endangered because he has an alcohol problem or because he's driving with the children while under the influence, etc., the court could order him to submit to alcohol rehab as a condition of being allowed to reunite with his children, family, etc.
There should be other similar ways, but he's going to have to be charged or brought into court under some particular issue and have rehab ordered as a condition of his penalty/punishment.