We are dealing with a disease and unless a greater emphasis is put on proper treatment and prevention, the rate of recidivism and repeat DUI offenses will continue to grow.
Malibu, California (PRWEB) September 24, 2012
Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Malibu Horizon, recognized by many as one of the top alcoholism 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 of alcoholism treatment experts from Malibu Horizon will be addressing the public about the need for proper treatment and prevention when dealing with DUI offenders. With the alarming number of alcohol-related, moving violations on the rise, Dr. Mohammad is speaking out about the need for the legal system to recognize that while there is a place for incarceration, it is imperative that the focus be placed on proper treatment and prevention models when dealing with DUI offenders.
Dr. Mohammad said, “Would anyone suggest that the best way to treat a Diabetic would be to incarcerate them? That would be absurd and counterproductive; however, that is very close to the way the legal system treats DUI offenders and other drug and alcohol offenders. While I completely support the legal system and the fact that people who break the law must be held accountable, we are dealing with a disease and unless a greater emphasis is put on proper treatment and prevention, the rate of recidivism and repeat DUI offenses will continue to grow.” Mohammad added, “Simply putting the offenders in jail, imposing fines and requiring them to attend a few meetings is futile. Each individual needs to be exposed to proper rehabilitation and care, not systematic legal hurdles that can be bypassed.”
Dr. Mohammad and the Malibu Horizon’s team will be addressing this concern and more at their next town hall meeting. Mohammad added, “The community needs to be aware of the difference between punishment and prevention. To be clear, the system is trying to balance the two; however, there are too many incidents where punishment outweighs prevention and the result is not positive for anyone. We need to focus on awareness and our town hall is an opportunity for the community to get involved in the discussion.”