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Int J Addict. 1988 Sep;23(9):991-8.

Improvement of inpatient treatment of the alcoholic as a function of neurotransmitter restoration: a pilot study.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 78284.


We report results of a double-blind evaluation of the nutritional supplement SAAVE for facilitating improvement in a 30-day inpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. SAAVE is uniquely designed to elevate levels of enkephalin(s), serotonin, catecholamines, and GABA, which are believed to be functionally deficient in alcoholics. Twenty-two patients were studied. The SAAVE patients, as compared to the control group (a) had a lower BUD (building up to drink) score, 1 vs 2; (b) required no PRN benzodiazepines, 0% vs 94%; (c) ceased tremoring at 72 h, as compared to 96 h; and (d) had no severe depression on the MMPI, in contrast to 24% of control group. These preliminary data suggest that SAAVE is a valuable adjunct to therapy by aiding the patient's physical adjustment to a detoxified state while facilitating a more positive response to behavioral therapy.

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