If/Thens of Addiction Quiz

Genetic Factors

That Increase Substance Abuse And Addiction Risks

Are You:

(If none of these factors apply to your life you can select 'Back' or 'Next' to explore more risk categories or 'Done' to finish your self-evaluation.)
You are 8X more likely to become one yourself
Sources:
  • Merikangas, K. R., Stolar, M., Stevens, D. E., Goulet, J., et al., Familial transmission of substance use disorders. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 1998. 55(11): p. 973-9.
You have a high probability of being addicted yourself. These study results indicate that addiction can be attributed between 50-60% to genetics. This number has been confirmed by additional studies.
Sources:
  • Prescott, C. A., & Kendler, K. S., Genetic and environmental contributions to alcohol abuse and dependence in a population-based sample of male twins. Am J Psychiatry, 1999. 156(1): p. 34-40.
  • Enoch, M. A., & Goldman, D., The genetics of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Curr Psychiatry Rep, 2001. 3(2): p. 144-51.
You are 60% more likely to use illicit drugs of any kind compared to a woman.

You are almost 3X more likely to engage in binge drinking compared to a woman.
You may become dependent on prescription pain relievers more quickly than a man due to genetic predisposition.

Youth Environmental Factors

That Increase Substance Abuse And Addiction Risks

Growing Up Did You:

(If none of these factors apply to your life you can select 'Back' or 'Next' to explore more risk categories or 'Done' to finish your self-evaluation.)
You are 29% more likely to use tobacco, 15% mroe likely to use marijuana, and 13% more likely to use alcohol by age 17
You are 2-13X more likely to experience various forms of abuse, neglect, and other household dysfunction known as "adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)"

Adult Environmental/Lifestyle Factors

That Increase Substance Abuse And Addiction Risks

As An Adult Have You:

(If none of these factors apply to your life you can select 'Back' or 'Next' to explore more risk categories or 'Done' to finish your self-evaluation.)
There is a 2 in 3 chance you are an addict of some sort.
You only have an 11% chance of receiving treatment for your disease while incarcerated
There is a less than 2% chance you will recognize the need for treatment AND make an effort to receive it
You are almost 2X more likely to be a substance abuser
You are at a 40-60% risk of relapse, comparable to physical ailments such as hypertension and asthma

Youth Substance Use

That Increase Substance Abuse And Addiction Risks

As A Youth Did You:

(If none of these factors apply to your life you can select 'Back' or 'Next' to explore more risk categories or 'Done' to finish your self-evaluation.)
The odds of using other drugs and developing alcohol dependence and drug abuse/dependence in later life are 2.1 to 5.2 times higher than comprable person who did not use marijuana at a young age
You are more than 4X more likely to develop illicit drug dependance or abuse behaviors than those who first use marijuana at age 18 or older
Your are more than 4X more likely to develop alcohol dependance or abuse behaviors than those who first drink alcohol at age 18 or older
You are more than 6X more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who do not drink until they are 21 or older

Adult Substance Use

That Increase Substance Abuse And Addiction Risks

As An Adult Have You:

(If none of these factors apply to your life you can select 'Back' or 'Next' to explore more risk categories or 'Done' to finish your self-evaluation.)
There is around a 1 in 4 chance you will become addicted to it
You are 2X more likely to be addicted to heroin
You are 3X more likely to be addicted to heroin
You are 15X more likely to be addicted to heroin
You are 40X more likely to be addicted to heroin
There is a 90% chance you smoked cigarettes before you began using cocaine
Your life expectancy is more than 8 years shorter than a comparable non-smoker
Your life expectancy is more than 18 years shorter than a comparable non-alcoholic
Your life expectancy is more than 27 years shorter than a comparable non-cocaine user
Your life expectancy is more than 35 years shorter than a comparable non-meth user
Your life expectancy is more than 36 years shorter than a comparable non-heroin user
Your life expectancy is more than 33 years shorter than a comparable non-methadone use

Sexual Orientation

That Increase Substance Abuse And Addiction Risks

Are You:

(If none of these factors apply to your life you can select 'Back' or 'Next' to explore more risk categories or 'Done' to finish your self-evaluation.)
You are more than 2X as likely to use illicit drugs compared to a person who is straight.
You are more than 2X as likely to have a substance abuse disorder compared to a person who is straight.