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What To Do If Loved One is Addicted to Drugs?

The first thing to do if a loved one is addicted to drugs is to try to get them help. Don't give up!  Statistics tell us that it takes, on average, 3 attempts to treat addiction before it actually works.  Under Casey's Law, you can have a loved one/family member brought before the court for involuntary treatment of drug abuse.  I have written a prior blog on this issue and you can gain additional information at caseyslaw.blogspot.com. Criminal charges are a primary way that many family members become aware of drug use and abuse.  Drug addicts are very persuasive and often convince their family members that: (1) they don't have a problem; (2) that they know best how to stop using; (3) that they are recovered; (4) that they don't have a problem, only recreational use, or able to stop at any time; (5) cannot survive in treatment/jail; or (6) posting bond will help them to recover. This week I had a client overdose and die while out of jail. (see prior blogpost) Often the best thing you can do for your loved ones is to leave them in jail until they can get into treatment.  Detox is difficult regardless of where it occurs, and jail is no better or worse than a comfortable bed.  In my opinion a good attorney will help the client to lessen the charges and minimize the jail time.  A great attorney will encourage the client and family to treat the underlying concern and break the addiction to drugs. If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs, seek all help available.  For legal help or consultation in Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at [email protected]

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