Can a doctor keep me in a methodone clinic against my Will because I dont want to go to a 12 step program and get a sponser?

Asked on February 4, 2013 under Malpractice Law, Pennsylvania


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

It depends. Doctors can keep you a limited time if you are a danger to yourself or others. You should contact an attorney if you feel you have been kept past the usual 72 hour hold. You may also wish to contact family to arrange transfer to a 12-step in house program; it may make discharge from the hospital quicker.

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