We have developed a new self-help technique called Retraining in sensu to reduce alcohol craving. Below is a brief introduction to the method. The corresponding self-help manual can be downloaded for free below.


Retraining is a new psychological technique to reduce alcohol craving, which in a number of studies was able to significantly (i.e., not by chance) reduce relapse rates after one year. We have further developed and improved this technique, which was originally computer-based, so that it can now be adapted to address each user’s individual issues and be used flexibly without a computer. In an initial study comprising 84 people with problem drinking behavior, we found that addictive behavior and craving decreased significantly with the use of the technique; a total of 75% of people in the retraining group reported a reduction in drinking (none of the participants reported an increase in consumption). The manual is available for free below.


We are dependent on your feedback and suggestions to further improve the techniques and the comprehensibility of the manual. Therefore, please contact Prof. Dr. Steffen Moritz (moritz@uke.de) to tell us about your experiences using the technique – we would enjoy hearing from you!

Help us to help others!

Considering the difficult financial situation of many people suffering from psychological disorders, we will continue to offer this manual and other treatment programs we have developed free of charge (see, for example, our metacognitive training program for patients with schizophrenia).

However, research is expensive, so we rely on donations as well as government funding. If you would like to help us provide cost-free treatment methods to people with psychological disorders, we would be very grateful. We will provide these materials to you at no cost, though, whether or not you make a donation. No one should feel morally obligated to donate! Donations will be used for research purposes only. Upcoming projects include translation of our manuals into other languages, improvements of examples in manuals, and payment of the interns who conduct the research studies. If needed for tax purposes, we will be happy to send you a receipt (please send an email to Steffen Moritz (moritz@uke.de) and include your mail address). Donations may be made to the following account:

Pay to: UKE AG Neuropsychologie
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse HASPA

Reference/Reason for Payment line (this is crucial to ensure that your donation reaches us): 0470/001 - Retrain

IBAN: DE54200505501234363636