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What Do You Know About Addiction?

Addiction is a long-term (chronic) disease. It involves seeking out drugs and using them even when the results are harmful. Addiction may also be called substance abuse disorder. It can be caused by using too much of a drug or alcohol. Over time, addiction changes the structure and function of the brain. Find out more about addiction by taking this quiz.

1. Addiction can begin when a person uses drugs, but addiction is more than just using a lot of drugs.
2. Addiction most often gets worse over time.
3. One symptoms of addiction is needing to use more of the drug over time.
4. People often become addicted only a day or two after first using a drug.
5. Addiction causes a lack of control over thoughts, feelings, ideas, and behaviors.
6. People are addicted when they keep using a drug even when it causes problems in their life.
7. Addiction can be managed with treatment.
8. An addict in recovery should recognize that owning up to the addiction doesn’t mean they are a bad person.

Medical Reviewers:

  • Foley, Maryann, RN, BSN
  • Fraser, Marianne, MSN, RN
  • Perez, Eric, MD