If your drug-addicted loved one ended up in jail, who would you call?

For those who are uncertain, look no further. The best place to contact is The Cove Center for Recovery.

By using Florida’s Marchman Act, we have helped hundreds of people who struggle with drug addiction get out of jail or avoid jail time.  Instead of being incarcerated, the Cove clients received the proper treatment that they needed.

One mom remembers witnessing this first hand.

“I felt like The Cove was a life-preserver that had been brought to me,” Paula S. said. “At that point, I thought I couldn’t go help my son. I didn’t know how to get in touch with him.”

Paula soon discovered that her son, Kyle, was incarcerated because of crack possession. Later, Ed Cejka, the court liaison of The Cove, reached out and wanted to help her son.

“Ed said that Kyle didn’t need to be there,” Paula recalled. “Then, he worked it out and got Kyle out of jail and back into treatment.”

The Cove and the rights of the Marchman Act helped Kyle during his time of need.  Today, Kyle is in outpatient treatment and has been sober for the past five months. According to Paula, this is the longest timeframe her son has been sober for the past 15 years.

“I would definitely recommend The Cove,” Paula said. “When Kyle was at The Cove in treatment, his therapists were very involved, and they kept me up to date with how my son was doing, and I felt like I was a part of it.”

What is the Marchman Act?

The Marchman Act provides involuntary and voluntary assessment, stabilization and treatment for people who abuse alcohol or drugs.  Through the courts, families can intervene and get assistance for the treatment of their drug-addicted loved ones for up to 360 days.

When the Marchman Act is upheld, harmful drug abusers who refuse to go to treatment are arrested. As displayed in Kyle’s story, The Cove intervenes to prevent our clients from staying in jail.

We will continue to give families the help they need by using The Marchman Act to assist their addicted loved ones with receiving treatment.