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The Sober World has many legal articles to help someone navigate the complexities of the law when it comes to dealing with a loved one, whether a child, adolescent or aging parent who has an addiction problem. We have articles on the Florida Marchman Act, drug statutes, regulations for sober housing, how to protect your finances and more. The Sober World has resources for lawyers that can help if your loved one was arrested for drug possession, DUI’s - driving under the influence, petty crimes, or other crimes. Many times, a lawyer can help get your loved one into treatment rather than going to jail.

HOW TREATMENT FOR A CHRONIC SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER EVOLVED INTO TREATING ACUTE EPISODES

When we look retrospectively it’s easy to wonder, “How could this have happened?” It has little to do with how smart people have been or motives. It has more to do...
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FLORIDA’S MARCHMAN ACT ASSURES CONFIDENTIALITY

Florida’s Marchman Act found in Florida Statutes Chapter 397, “Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act”, allows families, friends or those with knowledge of an individual with substance use...

Anger Management For Court Appointed

Any judge who orders anger management classes to be taken by a person who is brought before his bench, is giving that person a break. No one goes before a judge...
The Silent Assault On Americans With Addictions- Part IV: Medical Necessity 2.0

The Silent Assault On Americans With Addictions- Part IV: Medical Necessity 2.0

By all accounts, Salvatore Marchese was a lovable guy who was kind, sensitive, moral and embarrassed by his disease. He struggled with addiction through his high school years. Sal wanted desperately...

HOW DO FAMILY LAW COURTS DEAL WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT

In our family law practice, we frequently see the influence of substance abuse in dissolution of marriage cases. Sadly, many marriages would have a better chance at working and not ending...

MARCHMAN ACT SUCCESS STORIES

Families of individuals with substance use disorders (SUD’s) always are concerned about and want to know whether the Marchman Act really produces benefits. They sometimes quote the old adage that no...
MARCHMAN ACT HELP THE SUBSTANCE IMPAIRED

WILL USING THE MARCHMAN ACT HELP THE SUBSTANCE IMPAIRED?

In Florida, the Marchman Act is a very effective tool to get necessary help for those who are suffering from substance use disorders or impairment. Other states have laws which provide...
The Silent Assault On Americans With Addictions: Insurance Companies Play Doctor Part II

Insurance Companies Play Doctor Part II

This is the second installment of “Insurance Companies Play Doctor.” Among other things in the first segment, I outlined how many people like Avery – a bright young woman with a...
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Options When Your Loved One Refuses Voluntary Substance Abuse Treatment

Navigating the world of substance abuse treatment can be an overwhelming experience. As the Admission Director at a local behavioral health hospital, I am familiar with the difficulties families face and...
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THE MARCHMAN ACT HELPS SAVE LIVES OF SUBSTANCE IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS

“Neither the individual nor the family need be residents of Florida to use the Marchman Act. Many clients are out of state families who suggest a visit to Florida to their...

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