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An Interview with Florida Marchman Attorney Alan Levine – Part 4

Wednesday, 10 January, 2018

Over the past few weeks Alan Levine, co-founder of Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC. has given us in-depth information regarding the Florida Marchman Act.  In our final part of the Lifeskills South Florida video series, Alan discusses the criteria used in the Marchman Act. The threshold for an individual begins when someone is impaired by drugs or alcohol (may not be actively using), and as result of that impairment, their skewed judgment makes them incapable of appreciating the need for further care. The person must also present a harm to themselves or others. Alan also discusses the assessment, timing, and additional strategies of the Marchman Act. (more…)

An Interview with Florida Marchman Act Attorney Alan Levine – Part 2

Wednesday, 27 December, 2017

Alan Levine, co-founder of Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC has helped a lot of people and saved many lives through his involvement in over 2,000 Marchman Act cases.  The Marchman Act is a legislative act specific to Florida that provides confidential, a court ordered, assessment, stabilization, and treatment for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Addiction Recovery Legal Services has the expertise to help families as they deal with a loved one’s addiction through the Florida Marchman Act. (more…)

Substance Abuse can Affect Anyone

Thursday, 10 August, 2017

In some way, we have all been touched by substance abuse, maybe we know someone or have a history of it in our family, or we are the one that is abusing drugs or alcohol.  No one is immune from this disorder that has swept across the country.  According to the Surgeon General, in 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported currently using illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs, and over 66 million people reported to binge drinking in the past month. (more…)

The Most Common Myths about Addiction

Friday, 28 July, 2017

By: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC

Frequently, individuals that struggle with addictive disorders battle societal stigma and array of misconceptions about addiction in general. The stigma surrounding addiction is a barrier seeking treatment for addiction. There is progress being made to reduce societal judgment and clarify the myths surrounding the disease of addiction. Unfortunately, this progress is happening slowly while psychiatric and substance abuse problems continue to rise dramatically and expediently throughout the nation. (more…)

Recovery is Possible for Substance Use Disorder

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017

According to the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, in 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs. Drug misuse is becoming a major public health challenge that is taking a toll on individuals, families, and communities. Many neighborhoods are suffering due to the rise of drug-related crime and violence, abuse and neglect of children, and the increased health care costs associated with substance misuse.  The yearly economic impact of illicit drug use is $193 billion annually.


Four Questions to Ask when Hiring an Interventionist

Monday, 3 April, 2017


When the word ‘Intervention’ gets mentioned, most people will ultimately envision the popular television show on A&E. The show originally debuted in 2005 and documents families that give their addicted friends and family members an ultimatum; to seek treatment and rehabilitation or else! However, most viewers aren’t exposed to the actual selection process of the interventionist.


Questions to Ask when Choosing a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Monday, 13 March, 2017


Dual diagnosis is a medical term that describes an individual that is actively battling both a substance abuse disorder as well as a co-occurring mental or behavioral health disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), between 7 and 9 million people struggle with both mental disorders and substance abuse during any given year. In fact, more than 50% of individuals that have an addiction to drugs and alcohol also suffer from disorders that often include depression and other mood disordersanxiety, personality disorders and trauma.


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