Cognitive Remediation in Early Substance Abuse Treatment

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00334217
Recruitment Status : Terminated (The intervention could not be successfully carried out in the SADP setting because of issues independent of the cognitive training intervention.)
First Posted : June 6, 2006
Last Update Posted : June 18, 2009
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VA Office of Research and Development

June 2, 2006
June 6, 2006
June 18, 2009
August 2005
August 2007   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Cognitive improvement and adherence to substance abuse treatment [ Time Frame: 6 month follow-up ]
Post-treatment neuropsychological testing, 6-month follow-up testing
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Alcohol use disorder inventory, Alcohol/Substance Use Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory
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Cognitive Remediation in Early Substance Abuse Treatment
Cognitive Remediation in the Initial Phase of Substance Abuse Treatment: Feasibility and Efficacy
This study is for the purpose of determining whether cognitive remediation may improve cognition and treatment response in patients entering substance abuse day treatment

Background: Patients entering substance abuse treatment display cognitive deficits that may reduce their ability to benefit from their treatment. While there is considerable variety in the severity and types of cognitive impairment found in newly recovering patients, problems with attention, memory and executive function are very common. Since treatment requires sustained attention, remembering what is learned, integrating that knowledge and applying it to recovery, impairment in underlying cognitive processes makes successful treatment less likely. Although cognitive functioning improves with sustained sobriety, it is during the early phase of recovery that most patients receive the most intensive treatment. Recent research has suggested that cognitive remediation exercises during this early phase may speed up the return of cognitive functioning and in so doing may have a direct effect on whether patients find the treatment useful and complete their treatment. By keeping patients in treatment longer, cognitive remediation may have an indirect effect on substance abuse outcomes.

Objectives: To pilot test the introduction of cognitive remediation at the Substance Abuse Day Treatment Program (SADP) at the Errara Community Care Center. Aims are 1) to assess the receptivity of patients to the intervention by determining rates of agreement to participate, 2) to determine the number of cognitive remediation sessions that patients are willing to engage in, 3) to assess a variety of cognitive remediation tasks for their acceptability, 4) to evaluate neuropsychological improvements using pre-post assessment, 5) to evaluate its effects on substance abuse treatment participation, and 6) to evaluate its effects on substance abuse outcomes at 6 months follow-up.

Design: Randomized clinical trial of cognitive remediation with an active control condition with observations at baseline, end of treatment and 6-months from intake

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Substance-Related Disorders
Behavioral: Cognitive Remediation
PSS Cogrehab
  • Experimental: 1
    PSS CogRehab exercises
    Intervention: Behavioral: Cognitive Remediation
  • No Intervention: 2
    On-line computer games

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December 2008
August 2007   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Veterans participating in a substance abuse day treatment program at the Errara Community Center

Exclusion Criteria:

Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Child, Adult, Older Adult
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United States
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Bell, Morris - Principal Investigator, Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Office of Research and Development
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Principal Investigator: Morris D Bell, PhD VA Connecticut Health Care System (West Haven)
VA Office of Research and Development
June 2009

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