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WellStep Atlanta introduces fast-track appointments for addiction treatment

August 31, 2011
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WellStep Atlanta, an outpatient addiction drug rehab and alcohol treatment center in Roswell, Ga., just north of Atlanta, has announced its Fast Track Appointment Program.

Patients needing immediate treatment for opiate, heroin, and pain pill dependence or alcoholism can now obtain appointments as soon as the same or next day.

Opiate addiction includes dependence on prescription pain medications including hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet and Roxicet) and methadone.
WellStep’s physicians are SAMHSA certified to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) for opiate detoxification.

Suboxone is an opiate agonist which provides a safer and more convenient alternative to methadone for pain pill and heroin treatment. Patients can usually receive Suboxone on the first visit as along as he/she is in mild withdrawal. Opiate detox with Suboxone over a week or to as well as maintenance (medium to long term) treatment is available along with addiction counseling.

In addition to prompt appointments for opiate treatment, WellStep Atlanta can now provide fast consultations for alcohol treatment. Outpatient alcohol detox is available for most patients without serious medical or alcohol related complications. Medications for binge drinking and alcohol cravings are also offered, as is a full range of counseling services.

Mark S. Banov, MD, MPH is Medical Director of WellStep Atlanta. He is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and serves on the Medical Staff of Gwinnett Hospital System.

Dr. Banov received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He studied addiction medicine at the Harvard University School of Public Health, where he received a Master of Public Health degree.

In 2010, Dr. Banov was selected to participate in the Professionals in Residence Program at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, California.