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Welcome to The BuzzCASAColumbia’s online conversation about addiction and substance use.

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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.

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.

 

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requires that if a health plan offers addiction treatment benefits, the plan must offer coverage at the same level as coverage for medical and surgical benefits. This guide will help you naviagte the new rules.

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