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When talking about addiction treatment, it is common to hear that a patient must strongly want to get better in order for treatment to work. This myth is far from reality. People with addiction often believe they don’t want or need treatment. In fact, low motivation or acceptance of their need for help often goes hand-in-hand with being addicted. However, people who feel this way can still benefit from appropriate care.

In recent weeks news has broken that President Obama is considering granting clemency to hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders incarcerated in the United States. An act of this magnitude is long overdue and is a step in the right direction when it comes to dealing with our nation’s policy toward drug offenders.

As prom and graduation season gets underway, many young adults will be faced with choices about drinking and drugs. From parents and teachers accepting teen substance use as a rite of passage, to the media’s glamorous portrayal of teen drinking on television and in movies, kids today are getting mixed signals about the perils of drinking and other drug use.

Welcome to Five Minutes With, a new series where we take a few moments to better get to know the CASAColumbia staff. Today we’d like to introduce Aaron Hogue, Associate Director of our Health and Treatment Research and Analysis division.

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By Margaret Raskob

Addiction is a complex disease that affects different people in different ways. It can be associated with different substances and behaviors; progress at a variety of speeds; and exist alongside other health conditions such as anxiety or depression. Because addiction varies by person, the treatment must also vary to account for these factors.

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