Deep brain stimulation as a therapy for alcohol addiction

Thomas F. Münte*, Hans Jochen Heinze, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle

*Corresponding author for this work
8 Citations (Scopus)


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been firmly established as a therapy for movement disorders. Recently, evidence from case reports and small case series also suggests DBS to be effective in psychiatric disorders including addiction. Here we review the rationale of DBS in addiction and the selection of possible targets. We then consider evidence from animal models as well as human case studies. We conclude that DBS in particular of the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) represents a promising treatment option in addiction which deserves further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
Pages (from-to)709-727
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 08.06.2012


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