HAVERHILL — A man whose drinking problem has resulted in eight admissions to the intensive care unit and suffers from a disease of his pancreas was committed by the court to an in-house alcohol treatment program.
Scott Berry Jr., 33, of 575 Main St., was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery at his home at 5 p.m. Saturday. Berry came home intoxicated that day and shoved his father, according to a report filed by Patrolman Dennis Moriarty.
Berry's parents appeared in Haverhill District Court on Monday to file a petition to have him committed. The probation department and Dr. Ann Teele, court psychologist, supported their request.
Berry opposed the petition but Judge James Lamothe approved it, telling him his alcoholism is "affecting your health in a serious way."
Teele testified Berry has a "long history of alcohol use" and has suffered from hepatitis and withdrawal seizures besides his affliction with a painful case of pancreatitis.
Berry has also been in a hospital intensive care unit eight times, Teele said. He has been in treatment programs, but they have "not been effective," she said.
"He resumes drinking after discharge," she said.
Berry recently left a hospital against medical advice, she said.
Lamothe sent Berry to the treatment program and continued the criminal case until July 14.