In 2004, Casey's Law came to pass in Kentucky and was implemented in 2012 in the state of Ohio. It was initiated after the death of Matthew Casey Wethington who died of a heroin overdose at age 23.
This law serves to legally mandate people with drug and alcohol disorders into treatment programs. The length of treatment varies and can range from the detoxification stage which lasts about one week, to several weeks, a month, or even longer.
Addicts are often in a state of denial about their self-destructive behaviors.