The government has been sending atheists and agnostics to religious-based addiction treatment programs for far too long, which is a blatant disregard for constitutional and human rights.
Malibu, California (PRWEB) May 29, 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 he and his team are launching an aggressive campaign to take the California State Department of Corrections’ paramount ruling that individuals cannot be mandated to attend religious-based treatment programs, to the federal level.
Dr. Mohammad said, “While the California State Department of Corrections’ ruling stating that placing parolees in religious-based drug treatment programs over their objections is unconstitutional, is a huge step for the proper protection of first amendment rights for parolees in the state of California, it is not enough and needs to be a federal mandate, not just a California decision.” Mohammad added, “The government has been sending atheists and agnostics to religious-based addiction treatment programs for far too long, which is a blatant disregard for constitutional and human rights."
Dr. Mohammad and the Malibu Horizon’s team are launching an awareness campaign designed to make the California State Department of Corrections’ ruling a federal mandate. Mohammad added, “Religion has absolutely no place in the treatment of Diabetes and like Addiction, Diabetes is a medical disease so while religion may be comforting to some during treatment, it should absolutely never be a requirement for anyone seeking help unless they specifically ask for it. 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. Under no circumstances should religion be forced upon anyone, especially individuals in need of treatment for a medically recognized disease.”