What Do You Know about Stress and Drug Abuse?

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Answer the questions below to find out what you know about stress and its connection to drug abuse.

1. Short-term physical responses to stress include:
a. a faster heart rate.
b. sweaty palms.
c. a pounding head.
d. tense muscles.
e. all of the above.

2. Long-term physical responses to stress include:
a. back pain.
b. high blood pressure.
c. sleeplessness.
d. an inability to make decisions.
e. all of the above.

3. Drugs of abuse increase levels of the hormone CRF in the brain. The function of CRF is to:
a. control breathing.
b. control movement of arms and legs.
c. initiate the body’s response to stress.
d. stimulate digestion.

4. Stress affects which of these body systems?
a. central nervous
b. endocrine
c. immune
d. cardiovascular
e. all of the above

5. Which of the following statements is true?
a. All stress is bad for you.
b. Using illicit drugs reduces stress.
c. Anyone can learn to manage stress.
d. Everyone deals with stress in the same way.

6. If a friend is stressed out, a good suggestion you might offer would be to:
a. eat healthy foods, exercise, and get enough sleep.
b. talk openly to an understanding listener who will remain calm.
c. focus on one problem at a time.
d. all of the above.

7. The “stress hormone cycle” involves the release of hormones from:
a. the brain, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal glands.
b. only the adrenal glands.
c. only the brain and the pituitary gland.
d. only the brain.

8. Stress can cause brain changes similar to those caused by drug addiction.
a. true
b. false

9. Drug abuse is harmful, but it does relieve stress.
a. true
b. false

10. Stress is thought to be a cause of relapse to drug addiction.
a. true
b. false

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