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What Do You Know About Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic brain disease that can be caused by abusing drugs or alcohol. Over time, addiction changes the structure and function of the brain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Find out more about addiction by taking this quiz.

1. Addiction can begin when a person uses drugs, but addiction isn’t just using a lot of drugs.
2. Addiction usually follows a progressive course.
3. Signs of addiction include increased tolerance to a substance and withdrawal symptoms when a person stops or reduces the use of the substance.
4. People often become addicts in a day or two.
5. Addicts have a lack of control over thoughts, feelings, ideas or behaviors when it comes to the substance.
6. A person is considered addicted when substance use continues despite negative effects on his or her life.
7. Whether physical and/or psychological, addiction can be overcome.
8. An addict in recovery should recognize that owning up to the addiction doesn’t mean he or she is a bad person.
9. An important step toward recovery is accepting that change must occur.

Online Resources

National Institute on Drug Abuse  http://drugabuse.gov/drugpages/alcohol.html
National Institute on Drug Abuse  http://www.drugabuse.gov/scienceofaddiction/
National Institute on Drug Abuse; Substance Abuse  http://www.nida.nih.gov/about/welcome/aboutdrugabuse/