General Listening Quiz

“Drug Addiction”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult drug addiction and treatment man – woman 03:31

Pre-Listening Exercise

Drug addiction is more than just the use of illegal street drugs. People can also struggle with the illegal and overuse of prescription medications. How much do schools educate children in your city or country on these issues and solutions to drug addiction?


fall off the wagon” = start drinking again after a period
My sister went three months without drinking, and then she lost her job and fell off the wagon.”

do drugs” = to use illegal drugs
Unfortunately, Matthew’s friends have been doing drugs for a long time.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

How are Stephanie and Brandon related?

I know you guys have talked about getting married soon, and [Yeah] . . . I'm pretty sure she's using drugs again, and you really need to, you need to know this . . . you really need to face the facts, and you're going to have to deal with this now.

The first sign of Stephanie's problem is that she has been ___.

Stacy: She's doing some of the same stuff, you know, um, like. Well, like. Listen, you know. Um, you've noticed she's been skipping work lately?

Stephanie said she needed money to ____.

Stacy: No, no, no. She's not. [ Are you sure? ] Yeah. It's, it's more than that. Like, a month ago, she asked me to lend her a thousand bucks to fix her car.

It appears that Stephanie stole money from ____.

Brandon: And, I let her borrow my car a couple days ago, and I had fifty bucks in there, and when the car came back, it was gone.

If Stephanie doesn't make changes in her life, she could ____..

Stacy: I know, and you're right, she might blow up, but if you don't do anything, I promise the problems are just going to get bigger. She's probably going to end up losing her job, she's probably going to get arrested, and she might even die.

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss the problems of drug use and drug addiction you have seen in your schools, neighborhood, and city. What are some of the influences that lead people to experiment with drugs?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find information on these questions:

  • What are the warning signs that someone is addicted to drugs?
  • What are suggestions on how family and friends can help in such situations?
  • What are the penalties for drug possession in two different countries other than your own?
  • Under what situations can a drug rehab program be helpful to patients and their families?