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Behavioral Treatments for Adolescent Cannabis Use Disorder: a Rationale for Cognitive Retraining.

Curr Addict Rep. 2019 Dec;6(4):437-442

Authors: Aguinaldo LD, Squeglia LM, Gray KM, Coronado C, Lees B, Tomko RL, Jacobus J

Purpose of Review: Adolescent cannabis use represents a significant public health concern. Cannabis experimentation typically begins in adolescence and increases the odds of meeting criteria for cannabis use disorder. Cannabis use disorder is associated with numerous short- and long-term adverse consequences for adolescents, highlighting the critical need for efficacious behavioral treatments. This brief review aims to synthesize the state of the behavioral treatment literature on adolescents with cannabis use disorder and to discuss new pathways to leverage neuroscience to inform novel targets for behavioral intervention.
Recent Findings: To date, effective treatment options for adolescent cannabis use disorder that have been tested in randomized controlled trials include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and multidimensional family therapy. However, established behavioral treatment approaches focus on higher-order cognitive control and have only been modestly effective.
Summary: There is a need to develop new pathways that translate neuroscience findings into novel targets for behavioral interventions.

PMID: 32257767 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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