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Reef Karim, D.O.
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Dr. Reef Karim is a leader and pioneer in the field of addiction medicine, mental health and relationship therapy. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the founder and medical director of The Control Center in Beverly Hills, a cutting edge, integrated outpatient treatment center for chemical dependency & behavioral addictions (sex addiction, gambling addiction, shopping addiction, food addiction, fame addiction and internet/gaming addiction).

Dr. Reef has been called “a medical messenger in a pop culture world” as his medical and psychological expertise centers on the world of sex, drugs & relationships.

Additionally, Dr. Karim is a Published Research Scientist in the field of Behavioral & Chemical Addictions with articles in the International Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Addiction Medicine and other prestigious journals.

Dr. Reef is also a well known media personality in the field of mental health, relationships and addictions with multiple appearances on: Oprah, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, CNN Headline News and many others. In radio, he has guest hosted on KFI AM 640 and been a regular guest on the Tim Conway Jr Show on 97.1.FM. He has consulted on feature films and been a medical consultant on many television shows including “Private Practice” and “Alias”.

Dr. Reef believes in the theory that laughter is the best medicine and has studied improvisation technique for many years, has been the lead in multiple feature films and performs stand up at well known LA comedy clubs including The Comedy Store and The Improv. He also volunteers his time during domestic and international crises and frequently speaks as the keynote speaker at college campuses, corporate events and with adolescents and teenagers about drug use, relationships and out of control behaviors.

For his medical, advocacy and media work, Dr. Reef was voted one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive and voted one of the most Influential Indians in Television by the Indian Journalist Society.

Entries by Reef Karim, D.O.

Robin Williams: Drugs, Depression and Laughter

(7) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:23 AM

We often describe suicide as a "long-term solution to a short-term problem."

And if reports about the uber talented Robin Williams are true, then he ultimately passed looking for a long-term solution to a long-term problem. That long-term problem is called a "co-occurring disorder" or "dual diagnosis" and it can...

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Juan Pablo Syndrome? The Bachelor Diagnosis

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Let's analyze the bachelor, Juan Pablo.
With four potential personality characteristics.

And for all you ladies out there, if you meet a man that has the characteristics below... beware.

For the record, I don't know Juan Pablo but since so many people are talking about him after The...

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Dark Skin = Un-American?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 7:45 PM

The newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, has been called a foreigner, a terrorist, and worst of all... Un-American.

Tweet names include: Miss 7-11. Miss Terrorist. Miss Al Qaeda.
Why? Because she's not white-skinned and doesn't have a "normal" name.

Apparently being American means being white and...

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Television Rehab: Treatment or Trauma?

(15) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 11:31 AM

I rolled my eyes when I first heard a rehab show was about to air on television. "Oh, that's great -- a producer-driven inpatient rehab show. Healing on television. Good luck with that."

I had no doubt it would be "faux" treatment riddled with inherent conflicts including: sensationalistic production...

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Tattoo Psychology: Art or Self Destruction? Modern-Day Social Branding

(4) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Body art, body bling, self-graffiti, walking billboards, fashionable ink accessories... Each of these expressions depict the physical nature of the tattoo. What's often NOT discussed, however, is the emotional side of tattoos.

I vividly remember the first time I saw a "tramp stamp." A woman was reaching for something...

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Life After the NFL

(7) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 11:10 AM

What price do you pay to be a professional football player?

Initially we thought it was the price of creaky, lingering musculoskeletal injuries suffered during old age.

But it's so much more.

We are witnessing one former player after another committing suicide. The reports about Junior Seau are just...

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Paging Dr. Feelgood...

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 4:42 PM

What do Elvis, Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson all have in common?

Yes, they are celebrities, super talented and died before their time. That's true.

But they also, per reports, had doctors "involved" in prescribing or over-prescribing medications that were found in their system during their fatal overdose. These were...

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Amy Winehouse, Celebrity Addiction and Death

(58) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 8:23 AM

I don't know Amy Winehouse, but I do know addiction.

There's been a lot of talk about how she died and what circumstances led to her death. We've all heard the reports of multiple rehab admissions, on and off recovery, public "altered" appearances where it was obvious she was taking...

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