My take on “forced” treatment from a Marchman Act petition filing

By Mark Astor 9 months agoNo Comments

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s been an interesting week. We are finally at the end of the week. I don’t know if I’ve been this sleep deprived in a long time. It’s been an amazing couple of days. Yesterday, I was on the radio twice. I want to say a special thank you to my friend Nizan Mosery, who runs a show called The Travelling Investor. I want to thank him for having me on his show, which runs on iHeartRadio.
I also want to thank James Sweasey and Blake Cohen who had me on Recovery Radio last night. I spent two hours with those guys. They are truly inspirational gentleman who are doing amazing work to help other people who are dealing with issues of addiction and mental health. We didn’t just talk about addiction. We talked about some personal growth stuff. I had the opportunity to watch the guys at work. They are really dynamic together. If you get an opportunity, you should tune in on a Thursday night from 9:00 to 11:00 to listen to Blake and James go at it. They’re really terrific together.
I got an interesting email from someone who accused me of ambulance chasing and said that I was the addiction version of a personal injury lawyer. I have a lot of friends who are PI lawyers. My best friend is a PI lawyer. I didn’t think that comment was made in good taste. I think it’s insulting. The crux of the email was that I was forcing people into treatment, I shouldn’t be doing that, and that the Marchman Act is a horrible thing. They said that we should allow people to hit rock bottom.
When I took my subjective hat off and was able to be a little bit more objective, I thought about it. That’s ridiculous. That might have been a good argument 10 years ago when heroin wasn’t laced with Fentanyl and we didn’t have people drop dead like it’s going out of style. But we have people dropping dead. Someone hitting rock bottom may end up in the morgue. We have to get people into treatment. Waiting for people to potentially drop dead and taking that chance is insanity. As a result of getting that email, I’m going to triple my efforts to file as many Marchman Acts as I can. Then I know I’m going to be helping a lot more people.
A lot of people send me things saying, “We shouldn’t come to Florida for treatment because the treatment centers are all run by addicts. Why would we want to be in an environment run by addicts?” I say to them, “If you haven’t been to any kind of conference or networking event with people who work in the industry, you’re really missing out.”
One of the things we talked about last night on Recovery Radio was what it’s like to go to an event with other people who work in the industry. It’s a room full of love. You’ve never been hugged that much in your life. Go to a bar function with a bunch of lawyers and see how many hugs you get. You won’t get any. For those who poo-poo the industry because it’s full of people who are in recovery, you don’t know what you’re talking about. If the people who work in the industry doing good work don’t inspire you, then you need to take a look in the mirror and figure out what’s going on with you. Those people inspire me every day to work hard, to help lots of people.
The other comment I get is, “We shouldn’t come to Florida because there are lots of bad treatment centers down there. These are bad people.” You can look at any industry, such as the treatment industry, the legal professions, doctors, cab drivers or Uber drivers. There are bad people in every industry. It just so happens that the light has been shone on the addiction issue. We have a big push here in Palm Beach County to get rid of all the bad actors. There are a lot of good people here doing good work.
Another good reason to come to Florida is the Marchman Act. I think we have one of the most robust civil commitment statutes in the country for getting people into treatment. If you send your son or daughter here for treatment, a good reason to come here besides the fact that there are excellent treatment providers, is the Marchman Act. As a parent, it is going to give you a safety net if your son or daughter is unable to stay in treatment. You should ask the treatment centers if they can give you assistance in connecting with someone like me who is proficient in using the Marchman Act.
Last night on Recovery Radio, we talked about the whole idea of personal growth. It has been a big part of my life for the last three years, especially the last year in particular. I’m a big fan of Grant Cardone. I also listen to Tim Grover. He is Michael Jordan’s former personal trainer who wrote an amazing book about what it takes to be successful.
Blake mentioned Simon Sinek last night. He wrote a book about knowing your why. Why do you do what you do? What’s your real motivation? There are so many great people out there. Gary Vaynerchuk is another great guy. I subscribe to their YouTube channels. I don’t get a chance to watch all of the things they put out. When I’m in the gym, I listen to something. While I’m working on my body, I’m also working on my mind so that I come to work with the right mindset in order to help a lot of people.
I appreciate the comments and criticisms. I appreciate those who picked up the phone and said, “Thank you for putting the content out.” I will keep addressing the things that are coming to me.

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