I NEED to drink. Craving thoughts within alcoholics.

Type opdracht: Ba

In –of extern?: Intern (and extern: Tactus Addiciton Care)

Max. aantal studenten mogelijk: 2

Zelf data verzamelen? No

Type onderzoek: Quantitative methods


Alcohol addiction is a major societal problem. Multiple treatment options are offered to overcome this addiction. However, during treatment patients experience difficulty in abstaining from alcohol, and most will eventually relapse. Relapse often is preceded by a sudden episode of craving for the substance (Lowman, Hunt, Litten, & Drummond, 2000). The aim of this bachelor thesis is to get more insight in the cues that evoke craving, as reported by patients. Data on craving reasons are retrieved from the alcohol de baas treatment ( The alcohol de baas treatment is an online treatment program of Tactus, in which patients get a series of online counseling sessions and exercises to make them more resistance of relapse. During this program patients make multiple exercises in which they report recent craving experiences and why this occurred. Your job will be to dive in the mind of alcoholics and figure out what makes these people crave for alcohol. You will also search for profiles of patients with similar craving patterns.

Wie zoeken we?

Students who are interested in addiction, craving and reasons of this craving. Since this study will focus on quantitative data, experience with SPSS or R is preferred.

Wat bieden we?

An opportunity to do research with clinical data from addiction care. And an opportunity to get acquainted with addiction care at Tactus and with state-of-the-art online treatment for alcohol dependence.

Meer info?: Marcel Pieterse (

Begeleider: Marcel Pieterse


Lowman, C., Hunt, W. a, Litten, R. Z., & Drummond, D. C. (2000). Research perspectives on alcohol craving: an overview. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 95 Suppl 2(January), S45–S54.

Skinner, M. D., & Aubin, H. J. (2010). Craving’s place in addiction theory: Contributions of the major models. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34(4), 606–623.