When you add a camera to a room full of people with extreme personalities, you will most certainly get entertaining content; however, you will also be expediting the potential for addiction and behavioral issues.
Malibu, California (PRWEB) March 30, 2012
Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Malibu Horizon, recognized by many as the top addiction treatment center in Malibu, California and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (http://www.USC.edu), announced today that during Malibu Horizon’s forthcoming summit series, he and his team will be working with entertainment executives from various networks to implement treatment policy and protocol, specifically designed for the on-camera talent appearing in their respective reality-based programs.
Dr. Mohammad has been working with reality television programming both on and off-camera for nearly a decade and as a result has insight into the not so recent surge in addiction incidents on America’s favorite shows. Dr. Mohammad said, “Whether it’s Teen Mom 2, Jersey Shore or Hoarders, Americans have developed an insatiable appetite for real-life drama and extreme behavior, which is why these shows are both popular and riddled with people struggling with addiction issues. When you add a camera to a room full of people with extreme personalities, you will most certainly get entertaining content; however, you will also be expediting the potential for addiction and behavioral issues.” Mohammad added, “Add fame to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster, which unfortunately also means great TV. There is nothing wrong with capturing the reality of addiction on camera and showing it to the masses, in fact, it is a wonderful opportunity for people to see what addiction looks like and hopefully discuss it openly at the water cooler with people from their office; however, if the addicts and their addiction isn’t properly addressed and they don’t get the appropriate treatment, then we have lost an opportunity to share the magic of recovery with the world.”
Dr. Mohammad and his team will be holding a series of summit meetings, which will be dedicated to educating professionals about the proper course of action when treating addicts and selecting the most effective drug rehab. Mohammad added, “I have been successfully treating celebrities struggling with addiction long before reality television existed and have developed a very specific and anonymous course of action to suit their demanding circumstances. My team and I have modified that protocol to suit the reality television community and have enjoyed enormous success. As addiction experts, we have a very special opportunity to work alongside network executives and implement a treatment plan that not only saves their cast members’ lives, but also shows the audience that successful recovery is possible when the proper steps are taken.”