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Addiction and mental health across the lifespan: An overview of some contemporary issues

journal contribution
posted on 22.11.2021, 00:45 by Michelle ClearyMichelle Cleary, Sandra P Thomas
Throughout history, humans have discovered paths to pleasure, euphoria, and alternate realities through substances. Psychoactive substances that were ingested, chewed, inhaled, or smoked have played an important part in cultural rituals across the millennia. Early humans also discovered that substances derived from plants (e.g., opium from the poppy plant) can relieve the agonizing pain of acute and chronic medical conditions. All of these substances that benefited humanity also can be abused, either intentionally or inadvertently. New to the modern world are technological tools that can be misused and abused, such as the Internet. As Grossman noted, “The Internet, conceived as a research and productivity tool, has become a weapon of mass distraction” (Grossman, 2008, p. 52).

History

Volume

38

Issue

1

Start Page

2

End Page

8

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1096-4673

ISSN

0161-2840

Location

England

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Tasmania; University of Tennessee, USA.

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Issues in Mental Health Nursing