A Little About Us

Inherent in our philosophy as a nonprofit organization is service to individuals as well as our greater community at large.  From this idea stems every decision that we make in your treatment which essentially means that our only goal is your recovery. 

For us, “recovery” has a much greater and holistic meaning than your stopping the use of a substance or substances for a short period of time.  What we aim to achieve is the long-term cessation of the substance of abuse, cognitive changes that translate into behavioral changes, and facilitation by our team into integrating you, the client, back into the functional and enriched life that you deserve. 

This is what is absolutely different from us than any other center you may choose to attend or participate in!


Faried Banimahd, M.D.

Dr. B is the founder, CEO, and Medical Director of American Addiction Institute of Mind and Medicine, 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 Medical Director of Zephyr Medical Group, an outpatient medical clinic devoted to the full spectrum of care for substance abuse, with a 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 judgment.

Previous to private practice and business, he was a clinical professor of Emergency Medicine at the 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 evidence-based care for our current opiate crises. This includes medication-assisted treatment, a chronic disease model paradigm, and meaningful long term recovery.