If You Loved Me You'd Stop and Other Lies of Substance Use: Drug Dependence Quiz

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No, not everyone who uses a drug is or becomes addicted. Test how much you know about the common misconceptions and newly discovered answers and treatments about substance use and dependency.

What is substance use disorder?

It's a range of substance abuse and dependence conditions of increasing severity, from risky usage to addiction.

What does it mean to have drug tolerance?

It takes higher doses to achieve the same effects after you've used a drug repeatedly.

What does it mean have drug dependence?

Dependence is when the body develops a physical need for the substance, and stopping leads to physiological withdrawal symptoms.

Is alcohol dependence the same thing as alcohol addiction?

Although they may be used interchangeably sometimes, addiction is a chemical rather than physical dependency.

Which is NOT a sign of drug abuse?

All of these are signs of a substance abuse problem.

It's estimated that how many American adults were living with a substance use disorder in 2014?

About 20.2 million (8.4 percent) of American adults in 2014 were living with a substance use disorder.

How many American adults were living with both a mental health and substance use disorder in 2014?

Of the 20.2 million adults with a substance use disorder, 7.9 million people had both.

Which is NOT a known factor in increasing your vulnerability to addiction?

All of these are factors that may increase your risk of developing substance use disorder

True or false: Being addicted to a substance makes you feel you need it like you need food and water.

Addiction cravings feel like survival urges for food and water.

After alcohol, what drug is most often linked to drugged driving?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, although the role it plays in crashes is often unclear, marijuana is the second most common drug found in blood samples of drivers involved in accidents.

Which is NOT one of the stages of substance abuse?

Addiction, experimentation and steady use are stages of substance abuse, but awareness is not.

Which is NOT one of the stages of addiction recovery?

Awareness and consideration are two of the five stages of recovery. Confusion is a possible symptom of substance abuse.

How does the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) classify addiction?

NIDA classifies addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease.

True or false: Some neuroscientists believe addiction is a self-perpetuating habit.

Contrary to NIDA, some neuroscientists argue it comes down to willpower.

Which is NOT a sign or symptom of substance abuse?

Substance abuse may put your relationships, job, responsibilities and health at risk, but according to the stages of substance use disorder, you haven't yet developed a tolerance.

Which is NOT a sign or symptom of addiction?

Addiction is 24/7, not a weekends-only condition.

True or false: Drug dependence is sometimes referred to as addiction.

Yes, sometimes dependence is referred to as addiction, because the body has developed a need for the substance.

Which are warning signs of stimulant misuse?

Abusing stimulants, such as cocaine and amphetamines, can cause dilated pupils, irritability and hyperactivity.

Which are warning signs a friend is misusing depressants?

Misusing depressants, such as Xanax, Valium and GHB, causes contracted pupils, clumsiness and drunklike symptoms.

True or false: Overcoming chemical dependence is a matter of just saying "no."

Prolonged exposure to a drug alters the brain, which is what makes it hard to quit without help.

Which is the most commonly abused drug in the U.S.?

Prescription and over-the-counter medications are the most commonly abused substances among Americans age 14 and older.

Which is the most commonly abused over-the-counter ingredient?

More than 100 cough and cold meds contain DXM, which can cause euphoria and hallucinations when taken in large doses.

Where is the No. 1 place people get prescription medications that are not for medical use?

More than 50 percent of people get their prescription drugs for nonmedical use free from friends and family.

How much of the American public believes that recovery from drug addiction is impossible?

About three in 10 Americans surveyed believe it's not possible.

Fill in the blank: Your level of ____, a brain chemical, may predict if you'll become drug dependent or not.

Preliminary research indicates the amount of serotonin in your body plays a role in determining if you'll develop a substance use disorder.

How many of the criteria need to be present for diagnosing drug dependence?

A person needs to exhibit or meet two of the established criteria within a year to be diagnosed with this substance use disorder.

True or false: If you have a high tolerance, you don't have a problem.

If you are able to drink several drinks in a short span of time and still function, you have a problem.

What do opioid drugs such as heroin or morphine do in the brain?

They interfere with the brain's reward center and its ability to regulate pain perception.

Can you be physically dependent on caffeine?

Yes, if not having it interferes with your daily life.

How long can you expect withdrawal symptoms to last?

Depending on the type, dosage and length of time used, it's typically one to 14 days.

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