Hi, I'm Faried Banimahd MD, an addiction specialist and former Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Irvine & UCLA/Kern. Ask Me Anything!
UPDATE: It is 3:06 PM PST. I am beat. Been answering questions since 8AM. It's been a blast and I really enjoyed reading your questions and engaging. I will go over this again tomorrow to try to answer any remaining questions I have missed. Thank you all for your interest and support. If you would like to support my mission, please subscribe to my youtube channel Dr. B Addiction Recovery. Thank you!
UPDATE: I have received numerous DMs about getting help. If you would like to talk about your particular situation and are looking for medical assistance/guidance, please email [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) or call (949) 347-8721 M-F 9-5 PST. Thank you.
UPDATE: I have begun answering questions as of 8AM PST. Thank you for your responses!
My name is Faried Banimahd MD and I am the founder, CEO, and Medical Director of the American Addiction Institute of Mind & Medicine, a nonprofit Intensive Outpatient Treatment program for substance abuse and mental health (Santa Ana, CA). I am 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 (Laguna Hills, CA).
Previous to private practice and business, I was a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at both UCLA/Kern Medical Center, and, more recently, UC Irvine School of Medicine. In this role, I trained dozens of medical students, researchers, and young physicians. I’ve participated in numerous research projects and am a published academic author of multiple papers in the field. I was named one of Orange County’s top influencers in 2017 by the OC Register.
My initial interest in the addiction field stemmed from managing withdrawals and overdoses in the hospital setting. My overall goal is to provide and deliver evidence-based care for our current opiate crises. This includes medication-assisted treatment, which research has shown to be vastly more effective than traditional abstinence-based approaches to substance abuse.
have recently started a YouTube channel, the goal of which, is to educate the public on addiction, dispel misinformation, and really, it serves as a platform for people to ask and get answers to common questions related to addiction and substance abuse without the cost/insurance barrier typically associated with getting such questions answered.
I realize I am posting this a little early, but since so many people have started asking questions in the announcement posts of my AMA on various subreddits, I've decided to create this now to consolidate the questions. It is currently saturday night but I will get to all your questions tomorrow morning. If you want live responses, PLEASE HOLD YOUR QUESTIONS UNTIL THE SCHEDULED AMA TIME OF 12PM PST, 11/10/19. Thank you for your patience. Also, if you asked a great question in one of my announcement posts today and would like the rest of Reddit to see the question and my response, feel free to ask it again in this post (let me know which subreddit it was in so I can copy/paste). If you are interested in checking out questions redditors asked today, and my responses, you can find them here: https://www.reddit.com/user/drbanimahd/posts/
I'm taking the day to answer any questions you may have regarding addiction, substance abuse, or anything else! I will do my best to answer all your questions.
Ask Me Anything!