AiR member soccermom04 wrote in after "sectioning" her son:
“I had to recently Section 35 my son for the 2nd time since February. The first Rehab, Brockton Men's Recovery didn't go well at all and seem to do nothing for him. This time he has been committed to Bridgewater rehab.
Does anyone have experience with this facility? Was the care good? How long did they keep your loved one? Did your loved one find the program helpful?”
Here is some general information about the civil commitment process in Massachusetts, including length of stay:
A new program opened for men that isn’t tied to the Bridgewater jail. I am assuming your son went there. I suggest you also sign up for Learn2Cope’s chat line to see if others have had experience with it.
If you have questions that are not being answered, contact Brian Sylvester at the Bureau of Substance Abuse services:
Brian Sylvester, Southeast Regional Manager, Substance Abuse Services (508)-984-0620 Email: Brian.Sylvester@state.ma.us
The key question with any inpatient stay for someone struggling with substance abuse is what happens next. Aftercare can involve wraparound services in the community or it can be a structured living environment, such as a sober home.
In our experience, aftercare planning is part of the section 35 experience. We have seen individuals being supported to step down to sober living and doing very well. Others ignore what is being suggested, run home and lock the door. Whether your Loved One is civilly committed or has voluntarily agreed to inpatient treatment, continued treatment and self-help are critical for improving the odds.
Consider aftercare as another “opportunity” to use what is taught on this site. You’ll want to support every effort to continue the treatment process. You may need to intervene again to get your Loved one to agree to the next step and the next step.
Thank you for writing in. Let us know what you learn and about your son’s experience.