Addiction and Addictive Behaviors: Types & Warning Signs


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Larry and Moe enjoy a trip to Soaring Eagle Casino once a month to play slot machines. Larry is careful to take out as much money as he is willing to lose and only plays slots as long as he still has money. However, Moe will continue to withdraw money from his checking account or credit cards hoping for the big win. Moe also goes to the casino without telling anyone at least once a week by himself, spending even more money than he can afford to lose. Why would Moe's behavior be considered an addiction while Larry's would not?

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1. Lisa enjoys eating fast food and pizza on almost a daily basis. There are times when she orders a large pizza and eats the entire pizza by herself, almost before she knows what she has done. She knows this behavior is harming her health but she is unable to control her need to consume more food. Lisa's habit is an example of:

2. After a car accident four years ago, Sandra was prescribed opioid based painkillers for a back injury. Despite having fully healed within a few weeks of her accident, Sandra lied to her doctor about her pain and continued to take the pills for over a year because she enjoyed the high that she got off of them. After her doctor realized that Sandra was abusing the medication, he discontinued her prescriptions. Since then, Sandra has been acquiring the drugs through an illegal dealer and requires a higher dose to achieve the same high that she had enjoyed before. Sandra is exhibiting signs of_____

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What defines an addictive behavior and what types of things can people be addicted to? This quiz/worksheet combo can help you quickly assess your understanding of terms used in the lesson.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • A term defined as dependence on a behavior or substance
  • The symptoms that lead to a diagnosis of acute stress disorder
  • A term used for a compulsive habit that has negative consequences on a person's life
  • Common factors of addictive behaviors
  • A term used to describe the urge to perform a particular behavior

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about aspects of addictive behaviors
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as addiction and compulsion
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the things people can be addicted to
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about signs of addictive behaviors

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Addiction and Addictive Behaviors: Types & Warning Signs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define addiction and addictive behavior
  • Discuss aspects of addictive behaviors
  • List types of addictions
  • Detail signs of addictive behaviors
  • Detail treatment options for those with acute stress disorder