Journal article

Cognitive recovery during and after treatment for volatile solvent abuse

Kylie M Dingwall, Paul Maruff, Amy Fredrickson, Sheree Cairney

Drug and Alcohol Dependence | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment reflecting CNS disruption in chronic solvent abusers can resolve within two years of abstinence. However, the specific time course for recovery has yet to be determined empirically. This study monitored cognition among solvent (i.e., gasoline) abusers throughout 8 weeks of residential treatment. It also investigated the extent to which solvent-related cognitive impairments persisted following discharge. METHODS: Non-drug using healthy controls (n=33) and solvent abusers (n=29) who had inhaled gasoline, regularly or episodically, for an average of 4.3 years (SD=2.7) were assessed. Using linear mixed model analyses, solvent abusers were compared to healthy cont..

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