Last updated on February 2018

Deep Brain Stimulation of the Nucleus Accumbens as a Novel Treatment in Severe Opioid Addiction


Brief description of study

The main objective of this study is to assess the efficacy of bilateral deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the Nucleus accumbens (NAc) as a novel treatment in severe opioid addiction. The included patients have been treated so far with a substitute in form of methadone.

Our hypothesis is that bilateral DBS of the NAc will significantly reduce the craving for heroin and thus enable the patients to decrease their Levomethadone-dosage substantially.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT01245075

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