Rehab Riviera: California testing Vermont’s model to fight addiction
By Teri Sforza
The time for hand-wringing was over.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin took the podium in 2014 and delivered a state-of-the-state speech devoid of the usual trappings.
“During the tenure of every governor there are numerous crises,” he said. “The crisis I am talking about is the rising tide of drug addiction and drug-related crime. In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us.”
Michael Moreno thanks Dr. Faried Banimahd after receiving his Naltrexone pellet implant during an outpatient procedure in Laguna Hills on Saturday, October 28, 2017. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Dr. Faried Banimahd, right, fills in for a co-worker during IOP or Intensive Outpatient Therapy for recovering drug addicts, who, like Webster, have been through the rehab system multiple times. Banimahd likes to “Have complete control of my patients from top to bottom” until they have the ability to be successfully plugged back into the community.” He tells the group, “You guys for some reason haven’t been given the tools to put one foot in front of the other.” (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)