SOURCE: Malibu Horizon

Malibu Horizon

October 07, 2011 14:38 ET

USC Educator and Top Addiction Medicine Expert Dr. Akikur Mohammad Uses Conrad Murray Trial as Training Tool at Malibu Horizon

MALIBU, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 7, 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 (USC.edu), announced today that while the media is overrun with salacious coverage of the Conrad Murray trial, the proceedings are an ideal opportunity for patients at Malibu Horizon to better understand the global reach of addiction in the media. Mohammad and his team are allowing patients to watch the event in an effort to encourage healthy dialogue about the perils of addiction, irresponsible treatment and family denial.

Dr. Mohammad said, "While this is an extreme case, the sad reality is that irresponsible doctors frequently overmedicate addicted patients to the point of overdose. Just because this patient was Michael Jackson, the public and our patients must not forget that he was a drug addict and incapable of controlling himself in the presence of prescription medication." Mohammad added, "Doctors like Conrad Murray have a responsibility to keep their patients safe and that starts by identifying addiction patterns and treating them properly -- Conrad Murray failed in this regard. Each layer of this trial provides our patients with an opportunity to see the myriad of ways addiction destroys lives and this event is the ultimate cautionary tale about celebrity addiction and substance abuse in general."

Dr. Mohammad and his team deal with celebrity addiction on a regular basis and want the community to know that often, the doctor is the last line of defense when dealing with high profile addicts so medical integrity is critical. Mohammad added, "If a physician allows himself or herself to be swayed by money or fame when dealing with an addict, they have compromised their own integrity and the safety of their patient. And yes, the physician should be held accountable if something unfortunate happens to a patient in their care as a result of their own negligence. Discussing these elements with patients and staff has been enlightening for everyone at Malibu Horizon."

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