Relationship of age to impulsivity and decision making: A baseline secondary analysis of a behavioral treatment study in stimulant use disorders

Raj K. Kalapatapu, Daniel F. Lewis, Sophia Vinogradov, Steven L. Batki, Theresa Winhusen

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Abstract

Because stimulant use disorders remain prevalent across the lifespan, cognition is an important area of clinical care and research focus among aging adults with stimulant use disorders. This secondary analysis of a National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network study suggests that decision making, verbal learning/memory, executive function, and set shifting are important cognitive domains to screen clinically and treat in aging adults with stimulant use disorders. Some suggestions are made on how clinical treatment providers can practically use these results. An important direction for future research is the development of cognitively remediating treatments for impaired cognitive domains in aging adults with stimulant use disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-216
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2013

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Aging
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Neurocognitive

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