SOURCE: Malibu Horizon

Malibu Horizon

March 08, 2012 13:54 ET

Malibu Horizon's Addiction Treatment Authority Dr. Akikur Mohammad Cautions Public About Recovery Role Models

Putting Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato and Other Celebrities in Early Recovery on a Pedestal Is a Dangerous Practice

MALIBU, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 8, 2012) - Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Malibu Horizon, one of the top non 12 step rehab and treatment centers in the country, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California, announced today that based on the recent loss of Whitney Houston and other gifted individuals in recovery, the recovery community and public needs to be very careful when choosing recovery role models.

"When dealing with the disease of addiction, we must all be hyper-sensitive to the fact that it is indeed an incurable disease that must be treated indefinitely. Popular culture is too quick to identify celebrities in early recovery as success stories, a practice which puts pressure on the celebrity and sets them up for failure if and when they relapse. It becomes a letdown for their fans and a trigger for the celebrity when they relapse in spite of the fact that often, relapse is part of the process. Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato are perfect examples of celebrities struggling with not only addiction, but also the need to please their fans: a recipe for disaster," said Dr. Mohammad.

Dr. Mohammad continued, "Not too long ago, the public assumed that Whitney Houston was a recovery success and nothing could have been further from the truth; the red flags were there and nobody took action. According to Lindsay Lohan's team, she is clean and sober; however, in recent interviews she has made comments that could raise concern. The idea that part of Ms. Lohan's motivation for staying sober is to get an invite to the Oscars is beyond troubling. That is not the type of humility we look for when speaking to addicts. Being motivated by survival and the ability to lead by example is what we like to hear, not this level of grandiosity." Mohammad added, "It is also a concern to hear that she is thrusting herself into an upcoming acting role that will require her to lose herself in someone that also struggled with addiction. I realize that she is a gifted actress but the point is, in early recovery, these are red flags that must be acknowledged. There is way too much pressure on her to perform, when her entire focus right now should be on her recovery. Without a solid recovery foundation, she will continue to falter and the pressure society puts on her to succeed is unhealthy for everyone. The Malibu Horizon's team would like to see her become a true recovery role model; however, she and those like her have to crawl before they walk and we encourage our patients and everyone struggling with addiction to become your own role model before you look to Hollywood for a success story."

For more information about Dr. Akikur Mohammad, addiction treatment and Malibu Horizon, visit www.malibuhorizon.com.

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