civil commitment

Definition of "civil commitment"
  1. The process by which a court orders the placement of a person with mental health issues, drug addiction, or alcoholism into an institution, typically on grounds of posing potential harm to self or others
How to use "civil commitment" in a sentence
  1. In some severe cases, severe mental distress may warrant a civil commitment.
  2. Legal procedures can lead to a civil commitment if a person's addiction poses a danger to themselves or others.
  3. The family pursued civil commitment for their relative who was struggling with drug addiction and becoming increasingly violent.

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