Malibu, California (PRWEB) June 14, 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 actively working to make The Jennifer Act and similar mandatory treatment legislation law in all fifty states.
Dr. Mohammad said, “The fact that mandatory treatment laws are not in place across the country is a travesty of justice and indicative of why Americans are in such a predicament regarding addiction. The Jennifer Act basically states that individuals who have clearly demonstrated that they are suffering from the disease of addiction can be forced into treatment.” Mohammad added, “Treatment should absolutely be mandatory for patients actively abusing drugs and incapable of stopping. The scientific reality is that much like psychiatric patients, addicts are incapable of making healthy or informed decisions on their own. Psychiatrically speaking, there is no difference between an active, heavy drug or alcohol user and a Bipolar or Schizophrenic; that said, how could we expect these patients to make the right decision regarding treatment?”
Dr. Mohammad and the Malibu Horizon’s team are launching an awareness campaign designed to inform the community at-large about legislation like the The Jennifer Act and how imperative it is that mandatory treatment laws be passed nationwide. Mohammad added, “Sharon Blair created The Jennifer Act after losing her daughter to prescription medication, a death that could have been avoided if mandatory treatment was in place. The sad thing is that those in opposition of mandatory treatment laws are deceptively turning this into a civil rights issue, which is ludicrous on several levels. This is a money issue for those in opposition, who would rather not foot the bill for the treatment when in reality; this level of mandatory, preventative care would save countless millions and lives in the long run. This is about saving lives, not dollars!”