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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.

It’s no secret that quitting smoking is difficult. While effective treatments (medications and counseling or other behavioral therapies known as smoking cessation treatments) can help smokers quit, cost can limit smokers’ use of these services. 

Hitting Rock Bottom refers to the notion that a person must hit their lowest point before having the motivation to change. It implies the person needs to experience firsthand the worst consequences of his actions before he will be motivated to get help and alter these behaviors.  

Finding treatment for addiction is not a quick or easy process. CASAColumbia has developed a new step-by-step guide that simplifies the vast amount of information—and misinformation—about finding effective addiction treatment.   

Spring break, that coveted week off from tests and papers that all students look forward to, has long been viewed as a time to put away the books and break out the beer, pills and pot. While taking time to relax is important, college student drinking and other drug use have serious consequences.

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