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

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

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?
a group of conditions related to drug abuse and dependence
It's a range of substance abuse and dependence conditions of increasing severity, from risky usage to addiction.
a group of conditions arising from the abuse of legal substances
a group of conditions arising from the abuse of illegal substances

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What does it mean to have drug tolerance?
an inability to stop, even if you want to
when a higher dose is needed to get the same effect
It takes higher doses to achieve the same effects after you've used a drug repeatedly.
when stopping leads to withdrawal symptoms

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What does it mean have drug dependence?
You can't to stop, even if you want to.
You've been arrested for a drug-related violation.
You have a high tolerance, and stopping leads to withdrawal symptoms.
Dependence is when the body develops a physical need for the substance, and stopping leads to physiological withdrawal symptoms.

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Is alcohol dependence the same thing as alcohol addiction?
yes
no
Although they may be used interchangeably sometimes, addiction is a chemical rather than physical dependency.

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Which is NOT a sign of drug abuse?
neglecting financial obligations
declining health
declining physical appearance
All of these are signs.
All of these are signs of a substance abuse problem.
None of these are signs.

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It's estimated that how many American adults were living with a substance use disorder in 2014?
2.2 million
20.2 million
About 20.2 million (8.4 percent) of American adults in 2014 were living with a substance use disorder.
22.2 million

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How many American adults were living with both a mental health and substance use disorder in 2014?
7.9 million
Of the 20.2 million adults with a substance use disorder, 7.9 million people had both.
9.7 million
79 million

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Which is NOT a known factor in increasing your vulnerability to addiction?
family history of addiction
watching a parent use drugs
certain mental health problems
All of these are risk factors.
All of these are factors that may increase your risk of developing substance use disorder
None of these are risk factors.

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True or false: Being addicted to a substance makes you feel you need it like you need food and water.
true
Addiction cravings feel like survival urges for food and water.
false

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After alcohol, what drug is most often linked to drugged driving?
benzodiazepines (such as Valium or Xanax)
cocaine
marijuana
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.

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Which is NOT one of the stages of substance abuse?
awareness
Addiction, experimentation and steady use are stages of substance abuse, but awareness is not.
addiction
experimentation
steady use

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Which is NOT one of the stages of addiction recovery?
awareness
confusion
Awareness and consideration are two of the five stages of recovery. Confusion is a possible symptom of substance abuse.
consideration

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How does the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) classify addiction?
as a brain disease
NIDA classifies addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease.
as a habit
as a vice

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True or false: Some neuroscientists believe addiction is a self-perpetuating habit.
true
Contrary to NIDA, some neuroscientists argue it comes down to willpower.
false

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Which is NOT a sign or symptom of substance abuse?
losing friends
getting a DUI
being arrested for disorderly conduct
building a tolerance
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.

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Which is NOT a sign or symptom of addiction?
using only on the weekends
Addiction is 24/7, not a weekends-only condition.
wanting to stop using but not being able to
often consuming or using more than planned
getting anxious, sweaty and nauseous when going too long without using

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True or false: Drug dependence is sometimes referred to as addiction.
true
Yes, sometimes dependence is referred to as addiction, because the body has developed a need for the substance.
false

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Which are warning signs of stimulant misuse?
dilated pupils, irritability and hyperactivity
Abusing stimulants, such as cocaine and amphetamines, can cause dilated pupils, irritability and hyperactivity.
watery eyes, rash and poor muscle control
red eyes, impaired vision and aggression

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Which are warning signs a friend is misusing depressants?
contracted pupils, clumsiness and drunklike symptoms
Misusing depressants, such as Xanax, Valium and GHB, causes contracted pupils, clumsiness and drunklike symptoms.
dilated pupils, self-absorption and hallucinations
glassy eyes, inappropriate laughter and paranoia

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True or false: Overcoming chemical dependence is a matter of just saying "no."
true
false
Prolonged exposure to a drug alters the brain, which is what makes it hard to quit without help.

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Which is the most commonly abused drug in the U.S.?
alcohol
prescription and over-the-counter medications
Prescription and over-the-counter medications are the most commonly abused substances among Americans age 14 and older.
methamphetamine

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Which is the most commonly abused over-the-counter ingredient?
dextromethorphan (DXM)
More than 100 cough and cold meds contain DXM, which can cause euphoria and hallucinations when taken in large doses.
dimenhydrinate
pseudoephedrine

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Where is the No. 1 place people get prescription medications that are not for medical use?
free from friends and family
More than 50 percent of people get their prescription drugs for nonmedical use free from friends and family.
from a dealer
on the internet

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How much of the American public believes that recovery from drug addiction is impossible?
one in 10 people
one in 30 people
three in 10 people
About three in 10 Americans surveyed believe it's not possible.

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Fill in the blank: Your level of ____, a brain chemical, may predict if you'll become drug dependent or not.
adrenaline
cortisol
serotonin
Preliminary research indicates the amount of serotonin in your body plays a role in determining if you'll develop a substance use disorder.

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How many of the criteria need to be present for diagnosing drug dependence?
two
A person needs to exhibit or meet two of the established criteria within a year to be diagnosed with this substance use disorder.
four
five

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True or false: If you have a high tolerance, you don't have a problem.
true
false
If you are able to drink several drinks in a short span of time and still function, you have a problem.

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What do opioid drugs such as heroin or morphine do in the brain?
mimic pain-managing systems in the brain, which is what makes them so good at pain relief
counteract dopamine
take over the central nervous system
interferes with the brain's pain-management system
They interfere with the brain's reward center and its ability to regulate pain perception.

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Can you be physically dependent on caffeine?
yes
Yes, if not having it interferes with your daily life.
no

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How long can you expect withdrawal symptoms to last?
overnight
one to 14 days
Depending on the type, dosage and length of time used, it's typically one to 14 days.
14-30 days

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You Got:
/30
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