Addiction Treatment Pioneer Dr. A.R. Mohammad Addresses Need for Reputable Evidence-Based Treatment and a Proven Scientific Approach to Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease
Addiction Expert and Pharmacological Treatment Innovator Dr. A.R. Mohammad Committed to Raising Public and Professional Awareness About Treating Addiction With Proven Pharmacology
MALIBU, CA – (Marketwired – Jul 17, 2013) – Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Inspire Malibu, recognized by many as the top alcohol rehab center in Malibu, 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 addiction treatment experts from Inspire Malibu are embarking on a public and professional campaign intended to raise awareness about the need for evidence-based treatment and a greater emphasis on science when treating addiction.
A recent article by A. Thomas McLellan, psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and founder and Executive Director of the Treatment Research Institute, has drawn much needed attention to the fact that Addiction is a chronic disease and must be treated as such.
Dr. Mohammad was thrilled that at last another medical expert was speaking out on the need to raise awareness on the subject and educate both the public and professional communities about the overwhelming need for qualified medical experts and science when treating addiction.
Dr. Mohammad said, “The role of science and evidence-based protocols in the addiction-treatment landscape has never been so prominent. Our team has been on the cutting edge of scientific and evidence-based addiction treatment for over a decade and the emergence of recent studies supporting our early findings are both exciting and validating.
Our team was one of the absolute first to successfully implement a Buprenorphine maintenance approach and several other pharmacological treatment protocols for alcohol and drug dependence over a decade ago; science superseded self-help in this arena long ago.”
Mohammad added, “The fact that science is uncovering profound insight into the addicted brain and how to treat it, is precisely why our model and approach has been so powerful. We immediately recognized that our patients suffering from severe cravings brought on by alcohol dependence and opiate addiction were getting virtually instant relief from our pharmacological approach, which was eye-opening for us and lifesaving for them.
The evidence suggests that medical professionals need to treat the disease of addiction like any other medical malady, with evidence-based treatment measures supported by science. While psychosocial follow-up has a critical place in the longer-term recovery model, religion and various self-help models are simply outside the scope of science; patients must be made aware of all options.
Addiction is a chronic disease and needs to be treated like similar diseases – Diabetes and high blood pressure for example.”
Dr. Mohammad and the Inspire Malibu team are committed to supporting professionals like A. Thomas McLellan and encouraging their peers to help reduce the stigma around addiction and the scientific treatment thereof. Mohammad added, “There is profound difference between addiction treatment and addiction support; knowing the dissimilarity can spell the difference between successful recovery and relapse.
People need to know they are being misled by many facilities, who are not incorporating cutting-edge science and evidence-based treatment into their models; our team is here to make sure the public is armed with the tools necessary to make a properly informed decision when choosing the best way to treat addiction.”
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