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Addictions Rehabilitation From an Executive Functioning Model

Restrepo-Escobar, Sandra M. Mg*; Rincón-Barreto, Dubis M. Mg

Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: June 2019 - Volume 18 - Issue 2 - p 94–98
doi: 10.1097/ADT.0000000000000156
Original Articles

Objective: The objective of this narrative review was to investigate the advances that have been made in research on the model of executive functioning for rehabilitation in addictions.

Materials and Methods: This study presents a narrative review of studies that have focused on the neuropsychological model in the rehabilitation of addictions. For this, a total of 49 studies were analyzed, published in a period from 1982 to 2017.

Results: The results showed that addictions constitute a brain damage agent, their main sequel is related to executive functioning and attentional capacity.

Conclusions: Research on cognitive rehabilitation performed with patients with multiple brain pathologies, have shown their effectiveness in treatment, generating a line of study in addictions, which shows improvements in treatment retention rates and decrease in relapse rates.

*Education and Human Development

Department of Clinical Neurpsychology, Faculty of Psychology and Social Sciences, Universidad Católica Luis Amigó, Medellin, Colombia

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Sandra M. Restrepo-Escobar, Mg, University FUNLAM, Street 51A #67B 90, Medellín 050034, Colombia (e-mail:

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