Addiction and Dependence Quiz: Can You Recognize the Signs?
by Staff
It probably started out just as an occasional thing. A social drink. An extra pain pill to take the edge off. Then it became addiction and dependence. About 23.5 million Americans over the age of 12 are living with an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

True or false: You can be addicted to things that don't involve chemical substances.

  • TRUE

Which is not true about addiction?

  • You blame others or a situation.
  • Your behavior causes problems in your life.
  • You can't stop even though you want to.
  • You continue even though it's voluntary.

True or false: There is a such thing as an 'addictive personality.'

  • TRUE

True or false: There such a thing as an "addiction gene."

  • TRUE

If you misuse or abuse a substance to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life, rather than using it for fun, are you addicted to it?

  • yes
  • not necessarily
  • no

Which statement is correct?

  • Overcoming an addiction is a matter of willpower.
  • Addiction is an untreatable disease.
  • Addiction is a chronic brain illness.

What symptoms may mean innocently playing with your smartphone might be turning into an addiction?

  • depression
  • insomnia
  • social withdrawal
  • all of these

Which is not a "social" consequence of dependency?

  • financial hardships
  • problems with family and friends
  • lack of interest in personal activities
  • all of these
  • none of these

Is missing work, school or a social obligation because of you weren't able to resist a craving a sign of addiction?

  • yes
  • no

Which health issue is often also a problem among shopping addicts?

  • depression
  • diabetes
  • dystonia

What type of condition is video game addiction?

  • gambling disorder
  • Internet gaming disorder (IGD)
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Which is not a street name for Adderall?

  • beans
  • black beauties
  • Mary Jane

Which is not a sign of an exercise addiction?

  • exercising for more than 2 hours a day, every day
  • skipping work to exercise
  • working out to the point of, or despite of, injury
  • all of these are signs

While 98 percent of people surveyed say that texting while driving is dangerous, how many admit to doing it anyway?

  • 75 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 20 percent

True or false: Porn addiction and sex addiction are the same thing.

  • TRUE

Which statement might a person with an addiction problem reply with when asked about certain behaviors?

  • You don't know what you're talking about.
  • It's none of your business.
  • I'm not hurting anyone.
  • all of these statements

Which is not a psychological warning sign of an addiction?

  • lack of motivation
  • sudden mood swings
  • angry outbursts
  • changes in personality or attitude
  • unexplained financial problems

What are the emotional symptoms of a shopping addiction?

  • You shop when you're angry or depressed.
  • Your shopping habit has gotten out of control and way over your budget.
  • You lie about your purchases.
  • all of these

What does it mean if you used to get a buzz after 2 glasses of wine, but now you need to drink 3 for the same effect?

  • You've developed a tolerance.
  • You've developed an anxiety disorder.
  • You're in recovery.

True or false: You can't get addicted to it if it's prescribed by your doctor.

  • TRUE

Which is a warning sign of prescription stimulant (such as brand name Adderall and Ritalin) abuse or misuse?

  • excessive talking followed by depression
  • poor muscle control
  • twitching

Could you have a work addiction if you're a workaholic?

  • yes
  • no

True or false: About three-quarters of us are never more than 5 feet away from our smartphones.

  • TRUE

How many people admit they've checked their phone during sex?

  • 1 in 5
  • 1 in 10
  • 1 in 40

What assessment tool is used to measure work addiction?

  • Bergen Work Addiction Scale
  • Structured Assessment of Personality Abbreviated Scale (SAPAS)
  • Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)

What is the average amount of debt a person with a shopping addiction has collected?

  • $70,000
  • $170,000
  • $770,000

Is cellphone vibration syndrome a real thing?

  • yes
  • no

Is it true that you need to hit rock bottom before you can be helped?

  • yes
  • no

What is the recommended minimum number of days needed for an outpatient treatment program to be effective?

  • 90 days
  • 30 days
  • 21 days

Does addiction treatment have to be voluntary to work?

  • yes
  • no