MASSACHUSETTS: My addict was not court ordered to treatment
Many families are at the end of their rope and have tried every other option when they go to a Massachusetts court to request that their addict be sectioned into treatment. Once there, a doctor will talk to the family and the addict briefly (if the addict is there) and then make a recommendation to the judge. The problem with this procedure is that a huge part of addiction is deceit. The drug of choice encourages the addict to do and say anything to make sure they do not get help for their addiction. One of the criteria for getting sectioned to treatment is that the addict must pose a danger to themselves or others. All too often the doctor believes the addict over the family and does not recommend sectioning them to treatment. The families who have signed this petition have attempted and failed to have their loved one court ordered to treatment and their loved one has either continued to abuse substances or has overdosed and died. No family wants to sit in court for an entire day and make the most difficult decision ever of asking a court to section their loved one to treatment. They know the addict best - not a doctor who spent minimal time interviewing them. How is it possible that a doctor can decide that a person injecting, sniffing, swallowing, or consuming illegal substances is not a danger to themselves? Please, do not be ashamed to add your name to this petition. It is time to break the stigma and show the state how deadly their procedure of playing Russian Roulette with your addicted loved one has become.