A judge can issue an arrest warrant if the addict dodges evaluations or the hearing.

And if the addict refuses to go to court-ordered treatment or walks out, the judge can enforce a hefty ultimatum — treatment or jail. If they relapse after completing treatment, the loved one can file a new Casey’s Law petition.

Relapses are common and can happen even after years of sobriety. But Casey’s Law can be filed again and again.

Some parents are afraid to sign a document accepting financial responsibility for treatment. Insurance coverage and costs will vary. There are several free, long-term inpatient recovery centers throughout the Commonwealth, though they tend to stay full so loved onesmay have to call around for an available bed.