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Drug Cultures and the Culture of Recovery

1. Which of the following define a drug culture?

A. A drug culture has its own history that is usually orally transmitted.

B. A drug culture has certain shared values, beliefs, customs, and traditions, and it has its own rituals and behaviors that evolve over time.

C. Members of a drug culture often share similar ways of dressing, socialization patterns, language, and style of communication.

D. All of the above define a drug culture.


2. All of the following are ways that drug cultures differ, except for:

A. The substance used

B. Geographic area

C. Gender

D. Time in history


3. People who initiate and sustain their substance use in relative isolation from other people who use drugs are known as “acultural addicts.”

A. True

B. False


4. Rather than borrowing words from mainstream culture and adapting them to new purposes, the language of drug culture often coins new words and phrases.

A. True

B. False


5. When people with substance use disorders experience discrimination, they face all of the following, except for:

A. Likely to delay entering treatment.

B. Have less positive treatment outcomes.

C. Use substances more openly.

D. Increased denial about substance use.


6. Hearing particular songs can act as a trigger for drug use and can, therefore, be a potential cause of relapse.

A. True

B. False


7. Substance-related rituals serve both instrumental and social functions.  All of the following are examples of instrumental functions, except for:

A. Displaying one’s affiliation with the drug culture

B. Maximizing drug effects

C. Minimizing negative effects of drug use

D. Preventing secondary problems


8. In studying drug dealing among relatively affluent college students, it was found that the most important motive for dealing drugs is which of the following?

A. Ego gratification

B. Status

C. Desire to assume an outlaw image

D. All of the above


9. Which of the following are factors involved in youth seeking out substance use?

A. Feeling alienated from society and a strong rejection of authority.

B. Family involvement with drugs.

C. The need for social acceptance.

D. All of the above.


10. Programs that do not have a plan for creating a culture of recovery among clients risk their clients returning to the drug culture or holding on to elements of that culture because it meets their basic and social needs.

A. True

B. False


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