Baclofen Addiction and Abuse North Jersey Recovery Center - An image of various muscle relaxers, including Baclofen, which many believe can give off a Baclofen high.

Baclofen is a prescription drug that helps people worldwide lead normal lives. However, this prescription drug can turn into baclofen abuse without medical supervision or recommendation. The chemical makeup helps those suffering from medical disorders and makes them feel more relaxed. 

The pleasant side effects of this medication can cause people to snort baclofen, among other non-medical uses. Also, someone who builds up a tolerance might up their dose before asking a doctor. Their tolerance builds and an addiction with it. A substance use disorder is a complex condition that requires medical intervention.

What Is Baclofen? 

Baclofen is a muscle relaxant. In other words, it’s a drug that helps people who suffer from spasms. It traditionally comes in pill form that can be dissolved in water. In the 1960s, medical professionals began using baclofen to treat epilepsy. More recently, this medication was approved for use for other disorders. While some approved medical uses for baclofen, many individuals abuse it to achieve a baclofen high. They might try to snort baclofen to get high. 

Baclofen treats muscle spasticity in patients with: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) 
  • Spinal cord diseases
  • Addiction withdrawal symptoms (less frequently)
  • Pain from health conditions that produce spasms 

However, there are safer and less addictive medications for these purposes. Modern medical professionals who specialize in addiction treatment often choose another form of medication-assisted treatment. We can help if you are battling a baclofen addiction or need a medically-assisted detox for another substance.

Can You Snort Baclofen? 

Since baclofen comes in pill form, many people abuse the drug by crushing and snorting it for recreational use. This type of drug ingestion is dangerous; when taken this way, the drug passes through your nasal lining and enters your bloodstream nearly immediately.

It increases its effects, but it also increases the risk of addiction and overdose. While any kind of recreational use of this drug can be risky, snorting baclofen it is particularly troubling. Traditional medical use of baclofen dictates oral ingestion or transdermal administration.

Transdermal is a painless drug delivery method that often involves adhering a patch to your skin for your body to absorb. Trying to snort baclofen or trying another non-medical ingestion method to get high can cause adverse effects and damage to systems within the body.

Symptoms of Baclofen Abuse

The short-term side effects of a baclofen high are pain relief and relief from muscle stiffness or tightness. These are the side effects that are appealing to people who abuse baclofen. However, they are not the only side effects linked to baclofen use. Several adverse side effects are also possible, especially with prolonged non-medical use. Some of these adverse baclofen side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Tiredness
  • Frequent urination
  • Troubling falling or staying asleep

In more severe cases, hallucinations and seizures are possible. These side effects can be serious and typically require immediate medical attention. Trying to snort baclofen to get high isn’t worth the risks associated with it.

The Benefits of Medically-Assisted Detox 

If you are coming down from a baclofen high, you may notice that drug cravings or withdrawal symptoms leave you wanting more. Withdrawal symptoms are one of the most common reasons that those struggling with addiction relapse. These can be uncomfortable, painful, and frightening. Some withdrawal symptoms can even be dangerous.

Battling withdrawal symptoms at home can be more challenging than doing so under the care and guidance of a knowledgeable medical team. Withdrawal is not a process to face alone.

Baclofen High Withdrawal Symptoms

In any substance abuse detox, your withdrawal symptoms may vary depending on several individual factors. Ingestion, frequency, dose, and weight, among others, can make withdrawal symptoms better or worse.

However, some withdrawal symptoms are more common than others. Some of the most common baclofen withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Angry outbursts
  • Hand tremors

While it may seem tempting to quit cold turkey, this can be challenging, and in some cases, dangerous. Abruptly ending baclofen use can lead to troubling side effects, ranging from mild muscle spasms to life-threatening seizures and organ failure. Tapering off the drug may be necessary.

Our dedicated experts and our safe, comfortable facility help eliminate many concerns associated with withdrawing from different substances. If necessary, we will administer approved medications to ease your withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.

Medication can help patients move swiftly and safely through detox. Detox can also help restore patients’ strength and confidence for everything that comes next. In a safe and supervised setting, we can ease withdrawals, reduce cravings, and monitor progress in the process. These are all crucial factors in enforcing early sobriety and preventing relapses.

Moving Beyond Baclofen Abuse

Once you have safely detoxed, you can put the worst of your withdrawals and drug cravings behind you. You can move on to an effective addiction treatment program.  

Treatment programs teach you to build healthy and sober habits, coping mechanisms, and social networks instead of chasing your next baclofen high. We do this by combining a variety of effective and proven treatment methods, programs, and settings.

We work with you to build a customized treatment program that is suited to your unique needs. This treatment program will take place in one or more of the following settings:

Effective Treatment Methods For Baclofen Abuse 

Most baclofen abuse treatment programs begin with a detox. Detox is a critical step in the three levels of addiction care. The next two levels are addiction therapy and aftercare.

Addiction therapy can take place in inpatient settings, outpatient settings, or a supplemental program. The right care methods depend on a patient’s addiction, withdrawal symptoms, needs, preferences, and schedule limitations. Our trained medical professionals help patients navigate through each step in their recovery journey.

If you have a severe addiction, multiple addictions, or a history of relapses, inpatient treatment may be the best path forward. Outpatient care is ideal for milder addictions or family or work obligations that prevent some from committing to a full-time program. Outpatient care can also be successful with a strong support system at home.

There are different levels of care: 

  • Traditional inpatient programs 
  • Residential treatment 
  • General outpatient programs (OPs) 
  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) 
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs)

An intensive outpatient program is the most intense form of outpatient care. Patients in this kind of program will spend the entire day most of the week in addiction treatment. In comparison, partial hospitalization programs are intense but require less of a time commitment.  

Some patients prefer to start with an inpatient program and graduate to outpatient when they feel more comfortable. At each step, we will evaluate your unique needs and progress to ensure you have the right levels and types of care.

Addiction Therapy

Regular baclofen use can result in a physical and psychological dependence. This can happen to people that don’t have an addiction. When it escalates into an addiction, it can be impossible to get through without therapy. Addiction therapy helps patients realize why they resort to substance abuse and how to resist temptation. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) help patients uncover hidden emotional trauma and cope with health conditions that may trigger substance use. They work on changing thoughts and behaviors. Changing negative thoughts and behaviors can help patients with sobriety beyond treatment. 

Paying for Baclofen Abuse Treatments

Battling an addiction to a baclofen high can be difficult. It’s all the more difficult to battle it alone. Cost should never stand between addiction and sobriety. Addiction treatments are made more affordable by health insurance payments. 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) helps people suffering from baclofen abuse when they are unable to afford insurance. Mental health and substance use disorders are medical conditions. Both the government and medical professionals recognize that addiction treatment is essential to long-lasting recovery. Medicaid and Medicare are two programs under the ACA that can help people afford the care they need. 

Most major health insurance providers offer some amount of coverage for addiction treatments. If you would like to know what is covered by your health insurance provider, North Jersey Recovery Center can assist.  We perform insurance reviews and verifications for our patients if need be.

Receive the Help You Need at North Jersey Recovery Center

It’s time to end the abusive cycle of addiction and leave your last baclofen high in the past. Whether you need 24-hour care or just a little bit of extra support, we can help. Our addiction treatment programs meet a unique variety of needs. Even better, they are customized to each individual.

If you are abusing or addicted to baclofen, our comprehensive rehab programs can help. You are not stuck. Your baclofen highs do not define you and you’re not alone. Help is available right here at North Jersey Recovery Center!

By getting to know you, your addiction, and your needs, we can offer high-level, individualized addiction care that works. Why wait another day to witness the difference high-level support, care, and guidance can make? Contact us today to get started.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.