Megascorbate: A Detoxification Alternative

  • The San Francisco Drug Treatment Program, Inc.


Since its inception in 1968, the San Francisco Drug Treatment Program, Inc. has responded to the mental and physical health needs of narcotic addicts. The search for safer, cost-effective detoxification alternatives led to an exploration of non-traditional methods of detoxification which would address the poor nutritional habits of narcotic addicts. The present pilot study investigated the use of megadoses of ascorbic acid as sodium ascorbate, multi-vitamins and mineral supplements in the treatment of drug withdrawal symptoms. Fifty-eight clients were compared; seventeen clients using the sodium ascorbate detoxification procedure; thirty clients using symptomatic relief medications and eleven clients using symptomatic relief medications for three days and the mega-scorbate procedure for the remainder of the detoxification period. The preliminary data presented indicates that the sodium ascorbate or megascorbate detoxification procedure is at least as effective as symptomatic relief medications in alleviating narcotic withdrawal symptom, and that the procedure can be adapted successfully to an outpatient setting. Results of the present pilot study clearly indicate a need for further testing of the megascorbate procedure by pointing to its acceptance and success rate with clients, its cost effectiveness, and its holistic approach to the process of drug rehabilitation.


Withdrawal Symptom Sodium Ascorbate Symptomatic Medication Present Pilot Study Drug Treatment Program 
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