Baclofen Addiction

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Originally designed to assist people struggling with epilepsy, Baclofen, is more commonly used to control muscle spasms and offer minor pain relief by relaxing the muscles. Because it is a pain reliever and capable of providing a euphoric high it does still have the potential for addiction. Attempting to detox and recover from Baclofen addiction without professional help is difficult. At Ambrosia Treatment Center in West Palm, FL, we utilize the latest evidenced-based treatments to help individuals overcome addiction. Our facility includes contingency management and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help people suffering from Baclofen addiction. These treatments have proven to be effective for our clients with substance abuse issues. 

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What is Baclofen?

Coming under the brand names of Kemstro®, Gablofen®, and Lioresal®, Baclofen is a skeletal muscle relaxant that works very similarly to drugs like Gabapentin which block the nerve impulses that cause spasms and pain. It works like the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitters which naturally occur in the brain sending nerve impulses to each other. Baclofen is capable of blocking the activity of nerves within the part of the brain that controls the skeletal muscles and their contraction and relaxation. It does share characteristics of other narcotics such as Tramadol but is not part of this drug classification.

Baclofen can be taken orally or by injection and is quickly absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. It is used to treat muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis patients, cerebral palsy, or those suffering from other spinal cord diseases. Another ‘off-label’ usage for Baclofen is taking it to help in addiction treatment to other narcotics and controlled substances, although this is still considered to be in an experimental phase. 

A prescribing doctor will typically begin with an initial dosage of 5mg of Baclofen, but this dosage can be increased to 10mg tablets as needed. Most commonly Baclofen comes in 10mg and 20mg dosages and can be increased up to 100mg as needed. As with many drugs that create a calming sensation there is an opportunity for dependence to develop, and the longer a person uses Baclofen the larger the dose they will need for the same effects leading to Baclofen addiction. 

Baclofen Addiction Side Effects 

Before taking Baclofen it is very important to speak with a doctor about the safety of using it and what sort of drug interactions to be aware of. Some of the possible side effects when taking Baclofen include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Seizures
  • Changes to behavior or mood (depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Confusion or Agitation
  • Hallucinations

If you are using Baclofen whether by prescription or recreationally and experience any of these symptoms it is important to speak with a doctor or seek medication attention. Baclofen is commonly mixed with other drugs such as opioidsalcohol, or amphetamines to increase the high feeling these drugs cause. This greatly increases the chances of an overdose, however. If this happens medical attention should be sought out right away. 

Overcoming Baclofen addiction can be challenging and is not something that should be attempted alone. At Ambrosia Treatment Center we are here to help you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.

How Can You Tell if You Are Addicted to Baclofen? 

Baclofen is not considered to be highly addictive in and of itself, however, there is a potential for dependency and abuse. A person dealing with Baclofen addiction could be experiencing any of the following:

  • Lying about the usage of the drug
  • Attempting to get extra doses
  • Neglecting social habits and responsibilities
  • Spending large amounts of money on the drug
  • Obsessive thoughts about the drug
  • Failed attempts to quit or a refusal to quit

When attempting to quit using Baclofen there can be a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, confusion, convulsions, and even psychosis and tachycardia.

If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction to Baclofen, or are trying to quit seeking professional help is the best way to successfully deal with it and to take control of your life again.

Baclofen Addiction Treatment Center in West Palm, FL

Get help for Baclofen addiction with top-rated compassionate care at one of our Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers near West Palm, FL. Recover at our therapeutic, sun-filled, palm tree-lined, addiction rehabilitation centers. Ambrosia Treatment Center provides advanced addiction recovery treatment for all types of drug addictions.  Ambrosia’s drug & alcohol rehab experts have been featured in the media hundreds of times including at CBS, NBC, CNN, Washington Post, Forbes & The Wall Street Journal.

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