Baclofen Addiction and Abuse

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Baclofen is a popular name for the common brands Gablofen and Lioresal, a pharmaceutical muscle relaxant. It is more popularly known to manage complications affecting muscles such as spasms, muscle cramps, and tension. This is often used to control other medical disorders such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

Baclofen has also been widely used to aid in the management of drug use complications, but this is known to be an “off-label” solution.

Baclofen Gradually Became a Substance of Abuse

Sadly, owing to its pain-relieving qualities, the drug gradually became a substance of abuse. When any prescription is given to people who are already more vulnerable and prone to addiction, the risk of abuse and misuse increases drastically. It may be a sign of dependency because they can not stop taking the drug.

When someone raises their quantity beyond the recommended dose, this can also suggest a drug use disorder. Eventually, if anyone with baclofen unexpectedly ceases, there might be symptoms of withdrawal.

Is Baclofen a Narcotic?

People also question if baclofen is a narcotic. Narcotics also are drugs that have common end responses like mood or behavior psychoactive consequences. Narcotics can induce dizziness, and they are depressant to the central nervous system. Substances may include prescription drugs and illicit substances such as methamphetamine, and opioids can be used interchangeably with the term narcotics.

At the Center of National and Global Focus

Due to its addictive and dependence impacts, this class of drugs has been at the center of national and global focus in recent years. Even people with its prescription for pain relief can become addicted to it. As a doctor explains administering baclofen to a patient, it is normal that they would want to ask if it is a narcotic. That’s because of the adverse effects of narcotics and their habit-forming abilities.

Can You Get High On Baclofen?

One may ask if baclofen is a narcotic because of the anecdotal accounts of patients that feel intoxicated or drowsy, which are the clear leading indicators of narcotics. Using baclofen, an individual could somehow experience narcotic-like impacts, but this only happens when one uses substantial doses.

Nonetheless, when used on a recreational basis, a baclofen high can also occur.  This may induce bradycardia or an extremely slow heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, sluggish reflexes, or coma. For these reasons, people are advised to keep baclofen away from kids or teens, including anybody who has no prescription for it.

Baclofen Mixed with Other Drugs

Unfortunately, there is a risk that someone would recreationally use baclofen either by using it in massive doses to get baclofen high or combining it with other specific drugs to enhance the impact. Baclofen is dangerously mixed with other substances, including opioids, sleeping aids, alcohol, muscle relaxers, or certain vitamins that affect the central nervous system.

Taking baclofen along with alcohol, can intensify adverse effects such as dizziness or acute nausea. In worst situations, baclofen’s interaction with another CNS depressant may induce an overdose.

Baclofen Street Terms

There have currently been no known street terms for the drug. Even so, the rise of the street price (value) indicates that the drug has indeed entered the market for illegal drugs. Prices in the black market continue to differ.

Effects of Baclofen Addiction

Baclofen abuse, either by using in excess or mixing with other substances or alcohol, can produce a feeling of euphoria. This high is similar to that of marijuana or by being drunk. Baclofen users who seek this sensation often mix drugs with opioids, alcohol, or amphetamines.

When taken as prescribed by a doctor, it was not found to be particularly addictive. However, as with almost any substance used to induce a “high,” it becomes addictive when abused. Over time, the user will need to take more and more drugs to experience the same sensation as the body begins to develop tolerance.

Baclofen Side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

More severe side effects may include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Weak or shallow breathing
  • Confusion

Severe baclofen side effects of addiction are potentially life-threatening.

Overdosing with Baclofen

There is a high risk of overdosing with baclofen, especially when used for recreation. Symptoms of overdose include muscle weakness, lethargy, vomiting, dilated or distended pupils, and weak or low breathing. If untreated, an overdose may cause fatal seizures, hypothermia, a dangerously slow heart rate/bradycardia, coma, and sometimes death. When combined with alcohol or other drugs, it can cause more dangerous side effects and a potential increase in the overdose rate.

Baclofen Withdrawal

People who have previously abused baclofen report that tolerance can be quickly developed. Symptoms of withdrawal are severely uncomfortable and potentially dangerous when not being treated by a health professional. Baclofen withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Increase in or return of spasticity
  • Tingling sensations
  • Low blood pressure
  • Itching

Untreated early withdrawal symptoms may result in more dangerous and unpleasant side effects. Advanced symptoms can include high fever, muscle stiffness, altered mental status, and in exceptional cases, failure of many vital organs and possibly death.

When dealing with withdrawal, it is crucial to seek healthcare experts at a detox facility or addiction treatment center.

Treatment for a Baclofen Addiction

Whether you, a colleague or a loved one is dealing with baclofen abuse, it is crucial that you receive comprehensive therapy that will help you break the cycle of compulsive abuse and start moving towards a safer drug-free lifestyle.

Various types of management for Baclofen abuse may include the following combination:


Detox is usually the first step into the treatment of drug use disorder. Over time, you slowly wean yourself off drugs so that the body can get used to drug-free to operate normally. When you have stabilized, you will be assessed by a care specialist so you can proceed to the next level of therapy.

Inpatient Care:

Inpatient treatment requires you to stay in a treatment center during the program, during which you can undergo comprehensive counseling, including behavioral therapy, drug management, and group therapy. Inpatient is best if you require a higher level of treatment and monitoring during your recovery, such as a dual diagnosis. During inpatient recovery, health care services can seek to resolve any other drug use problems or mental health concerns that you face besides Baclofen misuse.

Residential Treatment:

Our programs are offered in a variety of models. Depending on your addiction level, care in our residential program can last from one month to one year or more. These services are beneficial if you do not have a healthy home life or severe drug use problem.

Residential care will help you prepare for re-entry to work or school by offering support and instruction, as well as time and space for you to evaluate your choices.


Our outpatient care helps you to stay at home while rehabilitating daily. It is a perfect choice if you can’t take time away from your family, pet, education, career, and other functions. It uses the same treatments as our residential program but allows you to go home after treatment.

Help Groups:

There are many support services available to you before, during, and aftercare. We offer an alumni program to help you after you leave our program; 12-step services are perfect additions to every recovery plan. Alternatives to the 12-step program that offers social reinforcement as you maintain sobriety when you transition out of recovery.


Recovery takes a lifetime, and after you complete recovery,  One essential element of long-term sobriety is discovering what works well for you. Before you come out of recovery, we will work on an aftercare plan for you to be more equipped to cope with triggers or impulses.

For some, aftercare includes seeing a therapist periodically and remaining involved in their 12-step program either as a client or as an alumnus. It’s essential to find an aftercare plan that works best for you.

How Does Baclofen Help Treat Alcoholism?

Baclofen is commonly used to manage muscle spasms, fatigue, and other problems in the neck. But it is still being tested against alcoholism. Baclofen’s response to GABA receptors in the brain can help reduce the symptoms of alcohol cravings and withdrawals. That could help keep people away from alcohol. More research is needed to find out how effective Baclofen is in alcoholism treatment.

Baclofen Addiction Treatment at Resurgence

Drug abuse is a significant public health problem that adversely affecting millions of individuals and communities across the globe. Many drugs are effective and are considered a significant therapeutic choice for rehabilitation from alcoholism and opioid dependency.

However, when abused, any drug, no matter its benefits, is a problem. Give us a call, and we will be happy to go over your goals. We will then put together a plan with you to help you to recovery.

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