Baclofen Treatment & Rehab
As well as being used to treat symptoms of conditions like multiple sclerosis, baclofen is increasingly being used in addiction treatment. Using baclofen in addiction treatment is still considered as an off-label usage because it’s not approved by the FDA. However, there is a lot of research being conducted to see if baclofen is as beneficial in addiction treatment as some medical professionals believe. It’s already been shown to have some success in clinical trials. Baclofen is sometimes used in addiction treatment because it can have a calming effect on patients and it can increase their dopamine levels. The theory is that these dopamine increases can reduce cravings for alcohol or other addictive substances. Despite the promising evidence, using baclofen in addiction treatment is not without risks.
At a normal prescribed dose, baclofen doesn’t have a high risk of abuse or addiction. For a long time, baclofen wasn’t believed to have any abuse potential. However, it is possible for baclofen to cause mild euphoria or a sense of well-being when it is taken in high doses. In high doses, baclofen can have other properties, such as anti-anxiety and sedative effects, and it’s a central nervous system depressant. All of these qualities can lead to abuse and addiction. People often combine baclofen with other central nervous system depressants in order to increase the effects, which is more common than abusing the drug on its own. For example, baclofen might be abused with alcohol or opioids.
In any of these situations, a person might require treatment for baclofen addiction and abuse. While the risk of this occurring isn’t high for someone who uses the drug as prescribed, it is a possibility that one should be aware of. This risk is something medical professionals have to be aware of when utilizing baclofen as an addiction treatment option as well. There is a concern about replacing one addiction with another when certain drugs are used to treat symptoms of addiction or withdrawal.
To learn more about inpatient or outpatient baclofen addiction treatment, contact The Recovery Village.
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