Dr. Faried Banimahd MD - American Addiction Institute California
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Faried Banimahd, MD

Dr. B is the founder, CEO, and clinical director of American Addiction Institute of Mind and Medicine. This is a non-profit Intensive Out Patient (IOP) program for substance abuse and mental health. The philosophical cornerstone of the program is that opioid abuse psychosocial treatment should be couched in medication assisted treatment. Furthermore, care should be driven by clinicians, robust psychosocial intervention including vocational and educational programming, and finally community outreach. The goal of treatment is to get the client out of treatment and into the community in a tailored but timely manner.

Dr. B is also the founder and clinical director of Zephyr Medical Group. This is an outpatient medical clinic devoted to the full spectrum of care for substance abuse, with particular and significant effort at correctly managing outpatient medication assisted treatment for opioid abuse. This includes opiate blockers such as Vivitrol, in addition to traditional Suboxone type products. He is also affiliated with “Suboxone friendly” sober living which addresses the significant need in Orange County for sober living homes that accept patients on medication assisted treatment without any judgement.

Previous to private practice and business he was clinical professor of emergency medicine at University of California at Irvine, and at UCLA/Kern Medical Center. In this role he has trained dozens of medical students, researchers, and young physicians. He also participated in multiple research projects and is a published academic author of multiple papers in his field. His initial interest in addiction stemmed from managing withdrawals and overdoses in the hospital setting. His overall goal is to provide and deliver care for our current opiate crises that is evidence based. This includes medication assisted treatment, a chronic disease model paradigm, and meaningful long term recovery.

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