SOURCE: Malibu Horizon

Malibu Horizon

July 14, 2011 09:42 ET

Leading Non 12 Step Rehab Program, Malibu Horizon Remains Top Facility for Secular Addiction Treatment

Pioneer of Non 12 Step Model Dr. Akikur Mohammad Lobbies for Uniform Addiction Treatment

MALIBU, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Malibu Horizon, the leading non 12 step treatment center in Malibu, California and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (, announced today that the overwhelming surge in popularity of Malibu Horizon is due to his team's focus on their proprietary Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) models, a pure respect for the science of addiction and a truly individualized, holistic approach to addressing the critical therapeutic needs of their clients.

Dr. Mohammad said, "There is absolutely no denying that addiction is a chronic medical illness that must be treated with proper medical treatment like Diabetes, high blood pressure or any other complex medical issue; therefore, I'm sure that all logical people would agree that simply attending meetings will never be the sole solution to treating addiction. You don't treat Diabetes with self-help meetings, it is treated with uniform, secular medical treatment -- this is exactly how addiction must be treated." Mohammad added, "While there is a very real place for the 12 step model in recovery, it is a self-help model, not a critical piece of the treatment blueprint. The 12 step model isn't the best option for everyone. Our patients respond to the way we empower them with knowledge, not to the message of powerlessness they hear in AA, the difference is profound."

Malibu Horizon recognizes the magnitude of the California State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR) recent ruling that individuals cannot be mandated to attend religious-based treatment programs. Mohammad added, "One reason why it's critical to provide a proper secular 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 religion and ideally, a treatment center should offer both a 12 step element and a secular alternative so the patients can make the best choice for themselves. Without the option, how can any facility truly claim to provide individualized treatment?

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