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What Do You Know About Addiction?

Addiction is a long-term (chronic) brain disease that is also 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 can cause a lack of control over thoughts, feelings, ideas, or behaviors.
6. People are addicted when they keep using a drug even when it causes problems in their life.
7. Addiction can be overcome with treatment.
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 Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 3/20/2015
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