Malibu, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2012
Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Malibu Horizon, recognized by many as one of the top addiction treatment centers in California, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California, announced today that facilities integrating religion into early recovery are doing a disservice to the patients and irresponsibly mixing church and medicine.
Dr. Mohammad said, “While there is a very necessary place for the 12-step model in recovery, it is absolutely not a critical piece of the initial treatment blueprint and if it weren’t for many years of deceptive marketing, there would be many more treatment centers willing to be honest with patients and families about the fact that the 12-step model isn’t the best option for everyone. The fact remains that 12-step is not proper treatment, but an adjunct to treatment. Furthermore, there are countless effective self-help options that fill the psycho-social component, 12-step is not the only option and shouldn’t be presented as such.” Mohammad added, “We are seeing an uncomfortably high number of patients coming from other facilities that simply wanted to treat their disease with proper medicine, not focus on their relationship with religion. When patients are being prescribed dogma instead of proven medical practices, they are often disillusioned, misled and open to a higher rate of relapse.”
Malibu Horizon’s team implores the recovery community at-large to respect the California State Department of Corrections paramount ruling that individuals cannot be mandated to attend religious-based treatment programs. Dr. Mohammad and his team will include this critical topic in their approaching series of ‘town hall’ meetings in an effort to educate the public and encourage physicians to properly differentiate between proper addiction treatment and self-help when discussing the proper protocol for treating the disease of addiction. Mohammad added, “The reason why it's critical to provide a non faith based option for treatment is to protect an individual’s constitutional rights, which state that religion shall not be forced upon them. Not everyone has a belief in God or in religion and ideally, a treatment center should offer both a 12-step based program and an alternative non 12-step program so the patient can make the best choice for them as individuals. Without the option, how can any facility truly claim to provide individualized treatment? With the rate of relapse growing daily, it is mission critical for the recovery community to focus on treating the disease first and if a medical expert is not part of the initial treatment, proper care is not being given.”